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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. 

Applicants should prepare the following materials:

  • Cover letter describing your qualifications related to the position and research accomplishments
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Two representative publications

Job Summary

A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR,  The successful candidate will work with the climate modeling team at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) to improve our ability to simulate climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. In particular, the candidate will work to improve simulation of precipitation within the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modeling system for the region, using advanced methods of data assimilation/ingestion. The postdoc will be expected to maintain a strong record of scholarly publication, and also of presentation at scientific conferences and public meetings.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The fellow will spend the majority of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor (with current accommodations for the coronavirus pandemic) and work in close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This position offers a highly competitive salary plus benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for extension based on performance, need, and availability of funds.

Required Qualifications*

A Ph.D. in atmospheric science, physical oceanography, or a similar field, with a strong background in process-based computational modeling, coupled atmosphere-ocean model, and air-sea interactions is required. Familiarity with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software is also necessary. Experience with running simulations on supercomputer or cluster computing environment is preferred. Strong communication skills are needed, and a demonstrated ability to work both as a team and independently, as well as lead the development of manuscripts for refereed journal publication.

Desired Qualifications*

Preference will be given to candidates that have experience with the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF), especially applications in climate mode. Preference will also be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to analyze data and publish results in a timely manner.

Contact Information

Inquirie regarding this position or if further information is needed, please contact Mary Ogdahl at

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.