PDRA, model-data comparison - St. Louis, MO, USA

A two-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position in paleoclimate model-data comparison is available at the Climate and Paleoclimate Lab at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


This position is open to be filled immediately, but the start date is flexible. Spring or early Summer 2021 would be ideal. Work will take place remotely as long as COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Partial remote work thereafter may be discussed if needed.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be based at Washington University in St. Louis, but will collaborate closely with grant partners at University of Notre Dame, University of Pittsburgh, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The successful candidate will join Washington University’s Climate and Paleoclimate Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Bronwen Konecky, and will interact closely with other group members, students, and collaborators. Postdocs at Washington University receive a competitive benefits package and plentiful opportunities for professional and career development through the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Washington University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


The Climate and Paleoclimate Lab in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate in paleoclimate modeling and data-model comparison of the Earth’s tropical regions.

The successful applicant will contribute to a new, collaborative, NSF-funded project investigating the drivers of Central American paleoclimate on glacial/interglacial timescales, including changes in atmospheric circulation and moisture source variability and their relationship to large-scale dynamics.

The successful candidate will analyze existing simulations from the isotope-enabled NASA GISS ModelE2.1-R and tagged-water experiments with iCESM, and compare results with new 400 kyr records from Lake Petén Itzá, Guatemala.

In addition to this specific project, the candidate will also have opportunities to further explore hydroclimate and water isotope variations in the tropical Americas or elsewhere (on glacial/interglacial or other timescales) by analyzing existing model runs or running new simulations, depending on interests and experience.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to, investigating moisture source variability to the Warm Pool, the Amazon, and central Africa during the Last Glacial Maximum or during the Last Millennium. Candidates are encouraged to discuss their interests in their application.


- PhD degree in earth sciences, atmospheric sciences, or a related field at the time of appointment.
- Experience working with climate model output.
- General familiarity with paleoclimate data and/or proxies.
- Strong interest in hydroclimatology, and/or tropical climate dynamics.

Experience working with either paleo or modern water isotopic data is helpful, but not required. Preferred programming languages include Matlab, R, Python, or NCL, but a main proficiency in another language is acceptable.


To apply, please visit https://sites.wustl.edu/climate/opportunities/ and search for the ID 49889.


In your application, please include your CV, a brief statement of your interests, and the names/contact info for three references.

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bronwen Konecky: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

**Note**: Application review will start in mid-January 2021. However, the holidays are here, 2020 has been a monster, and early-career folks all need a bit of a break. If you plan to apply to the position but won’t be able to get the formal application in by mid-January, feel free to send an email to Dr. Bronwen Konecky with a rough ETA for your application and she will keep an eye out for it.