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The Department of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Deep-Time Data Assimilation. The successful candidate will join a group of researchers from Penn State, UC Riverside, U. Arizona, U. Washington and U. Michigan striving to develop novel insights into Earth’s climate system through the development and application of data assimilation techniques in deep time, with an initial focus on the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum event, 56 million years ago. The project is funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation and is one component of a larger initiative to advance deep-time climate science through the development of new modeling approaches. The fellowship has an initial appointment period of 18 months with the possibility of renewal. Competitive salary and benefits will be provided. Although the postdoctoral fellow will be based at Penn State, opportunities exist for extended stays at the partner institutions.

The Department of Geosciences is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and houses internationally recognized research programs spanning a broad spectrum of Earth Science disciplines. The Department is closely tied to the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and the Institute for CyberScience at Penn State. Penn State is located in central Pennsylvania, with easy access to major metropolitan areas, and is surrounded by state forests providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geosciences or a related field at the time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have a background in quantitative climate science, (paleo)oceanography, and/or data assimilation. Applicants should submit a cover letter describing their background and interest in the project, a complete curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Appointment may begin as early as July 1, 2017. For further information contact Lee Kump,

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