Postdoctoral Position Available at NCAR

Spatial modeling postdoctoral position at NCAR
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, Colorado

Application deadline: May 16, 2015

The Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, seeks a postdoctoral researcher in spatial modeling to interact with land use modelers, economic modelers and demographers to carry out interdisciplinary research on future spatial development of population and urban areas and its interaction with climate change. Key functions in this position are to (1) develop and apply models of spatial population, urban areas, and land use to address questions related to spatial development and climate change impacts at regional, national, and global scales; (2) analyze and employ spatial demographic and land use data to develop, validate, and apply spatial models; and (3) work with land surface modelers employing the Community Land Model (CLM) to analyze CLM simulations of urban climate outcomes for use in impact assessment.

The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary research group that includes both social and natural scientists working on the climate change issue (see ). The group has an organizational home within the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) which carries out research on climate and land cover change. The group develops and applies new socio-economic models, and linkages to climate models, that leverage NCAR’s status as a world-leading climate modeling center.

The position requires expertise in spatial data and modeling; familiarity with remote sensing data relevant to the measurement of urban areas and land use; familiarity with spatial demographic data and demographic models and concepts; and proficiency in scientific programming in languages such as Python or R, and proficiency in geographic information systems.

This is a full-time two-year term position. For a detailed job description and instructions on how to apply, see

For more information on application procedures, contact Nancy Wade ( For more information on the position, contact Brian O’Neill (email: