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Job: Postdoctoral Opportunity: Climate consequences of regional climate forcing

Department: DGE – Global Ecology

Salary: TBD Competitive Salary

Location: Stanford, CA

We seek to help develop a more general understanding of climate consequences of regional changes in climate forcing, both to contribute to fundamental climate science and to better inform decision making. We have done several studies showing that the same changes made in different places can have substantially different climate effects. For example, deforestation effects differ with latitude (Bala et al., PNAS, 2007), ocean heat flux effects vary with ocean basin (Praetorius et al., Nature Comm., 2018), and aerosol effects vary (by up to an order of magnitude!) with country of emission (Persad et al., Nature Comm., 2018). It is likely that attempts at regional-scale geoengineering would have global scale effects that would differ based on where and how that geoengineering occurred. Further, the spatial and temporal pattern of increased precipitation would vary with the location and timing of increased evaporation – as would the balance of lapse-rate vs cloud vs greenhouse-gas aspects of increased evaporation.  Are there general theories that would allow the basic response of the climate system to different regional forcings to be predicted without running a climate model?

We are looking to hire one (or possibly two) postdoctoral research scientists who would undertake geophysical modeling to investigate issues raised by the comments above. The model used could be anything from a high-resolution local model to a coarse-resolution global model, depending on the problem being addressed, although we have been using primarily NCAR’s CESM for this sort of investigation.

This position will involve working with Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science Department of Global Ecology on the Stanford University campus, and other collaborators. In our group, we maintain an exciting collegial atmosphere, working in a diverse collection of people that includes climate modelers, energy-system analysts, assessment experts, and field researchers. It is assumed that the successful candidate will drive work in this broad area as their main research project, but will both rely on and contribute to collaborative relationships with other postdocs in our group, as well as external collaborators. We prefer candidates who will enrich the intellectual diversity of the research group and are actively interested in strengthening interdisciplinary connections within the focal areas of the research group.

Carnegie Institution post-docs have access to most Stanford facilities. The initial term will be for one year with the potential for renewal for a second year up to a maximum of four years. Positions are available now and we are flexible regarding start date.  In there is a particularly strong candidate pool, more than one position could be offered under this posting.

Candidates with a PhD and a track record of success are encouraged to apply. General skills and ability, and interest in understanding the feasibility and consequences of various ocean engineering proposals, are more important than specific domain knowledge. Achievement in scientific publication, or comparable evidence of being able to complete high quality work in a timely manner, is a primary filter determining which applications receive greater consideration. Compensation for this position includes a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

Informal inquiries about these positions can be made by emailing Ken Caldeira at  however formal applications for employment must be submitted by clicking on the blue bar below.

To be considered, please include a cover letter and CV.

Additional information:

The Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution is located on the campus of Stanford University. Formerly known as the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Carnegie Institution for Science is a U.S.-based non-profit, private endowment. Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1902 as an organization for scientific discovery to serve as a home to exceptional individuals—men and women—with imagination and extraordinary dedication capable of working at the cutting edge of their fields. Today, Carnegie scientists work in six scientific departments on the west and east Coasts and at the Las Camapanas Observatory in Chile. Carnegie investigators are leaders in the fields of plant biology, developmental biology, earth and planetary sciences, astronomy, and global ecology. To learn more about the Department of Global Ecology, visit

Carnegie is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected status in accordance with applicable laws.

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