Opening for postdoc in aerosol modeling

Prof. Jasper Kok and the Earth, Wind & Particles group at UCLA’s department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences seek applicants for a postdoctoral scholar. The successful applicant will lead a project to quantify the cycle of coarse desert dust in the Earth system. Recent studies show that coarse dust accounts for about a third of the atmosphere’s aerosol loading, yet is greatly underestimated in climate models, which has important implications for climate and biogeochemistry.

Anticipated duties include using the Community Earth System Model to model the global cycle of coarse desert dust and its effects on the Earth system, analyzing climate model output, developing and using parameterizations for aerosol emission and deposition, co-supervising graduate and undergraduate students, and communicating findings in written and oral form.

Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, physics, engineering, mathematics or a related field, experience with running the Community Earth System Model or other atmospheric circulation models, strong quantitative and programming skills, and strong oral and written communication skills. The salary will be competitive and commensurate with relevant experience. We particularly encourage applications from women, minorities, and other groups that are historically underrepresented in the geosciences. U.S. citizenship or residency is not required.

Interested applicants should send a CV with a cover letter, names of three references, and summary of recent work and interests (up to one page). All applications should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to Prof. Jasper Kok ( This appointment is for one year, and may be renewed pending satisfactory performance and funding availability. The start date is flexible, but would preferably be between September and January of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the initial portion of the work will likely be carried out remotely. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Earth, Wind & Particles group is deliberate about providing a supportive environment for students and postdocs of all backgrounds, and engages actively with UCLA’s Center for Diverse Leadership in Science. For more information about Prof. Jasper Kok’s research and UCLA’s Earth, Wind & Particles group, please visit

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