Mesoscale Meteorology and Hydrometeorology Post-Doctoral Positions Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes - UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Mesoscale Meteorology Post-Doc Positions

Please send material to Nina Oakley; 

This postdoctoral scientist will contribute to research on understanding the mechanisms for high-intensity precipitations in the Western U.S. during winter storms with particular focus on frontally-forced convection and orographic convection. The candidate's primary responsibility will be evaluating the performance of research and operational numerical weather prediction systems in representing these mechanisms and their ability to provide actionable information on related hazards. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to define their own original sub-project goals aligned with the overall project goals in collaboration with investigators at CW3E. Ideally, the candidate would also have the skills set to contribute to ongoing high-resolution forecasting model development at CW3E, which includes both deterministic and ensemble capabilities. This position offers opportunities to work with and develop applications to support operational entities in meteorology, water resources management, and flood management. 

The ideal candidate will also have experience working with output from and conducting simulations with WRF, MPAS, or another mesoscale model. A PhD in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a related field is required. Experience in the area of mesoscale meteorology, especially with regards to precipitations extremes, is highly desirable. Excellent data analysis and visualization skills are also preferred for this position. 


Hydrometeorology Post-Doc Position

Please send application material to Julia Kalansky,

This postdoctoral scientist will investigate variability in regional terrestrial water storage, in the form of ground water and surface water including snowpack, as revealed by a growing archive of GPS near-surface crustal displacements that are collected throughout California and across the United States. The GPS-inferred water storage contains variability over a range of time scales, and should relate to extreme events from synoptic scale storm activity as well as linger-term interannual variation such as produced by persistent wet and dry spells. Regionally, the high density of the GPS network may afford resolution at 10's of km scales and thus provide new insight into catchment water balances. This investigation will require synthesis and comparison with other observational data along with model simulated hydrological variability. This position will work closely with Dr. Adrian Borsa and other scientists at the SIO's Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics. (, and work with CW3E staff and researchers to support the FIRO Program ( The ideal candidate would have experience with hydrological model development, calibration, application, and verification. Knowledge of meteorology focused on the Western US is preferred. Strong analytical backgrounds with a Ph.D. in meteorology, hydrology or environmental or civil engineering is preferred. Programming experience working in a Unix environment with experience in scripting languages such as Python, Perl, R, and Matlab is highly desired. 


The University of California, San Diego is an AA/EOE.