Research Associate in Carbon Cycle Science

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Earth and Mineral Sciences


One or more research associate positions are available in the study of the fluxes and transport of greenhouse gases. The positions will focus on analyses of airborne measurements intended to quantify and reduce uncertainty in atmospheric inversions caused by atmospheric transport, and improve quantification of regional-scale CO2 and CH4 emissions. The successful candidates will analyze aircraft data with an ensemble numerical modeling system incorporating uncertainties in both atmospheric transport and greenhouse gas fluxes and boundary conditions. The work will contribute to the Atmospheric Carbon and Transport – America (ACT-America) study, a 5-year, NASA-funded Earth Venture Suborbital mission led by Profs. Kenneth Davis and Thomas Lauvaux. Research flights are scheduled to begin in the Winter of 2016. The successful candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: numerical weather modeling and data assimilation, statistics, inverse methods, carbon cycle science, boundary layer meteorology and aircraft data analyses. Strong communications skills, a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field, and at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience are required. The ability to contribute to research and data management, and to assist project graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is beneficial. This is a fixed-term appointment for one year from date of hire with strong potential for continued support. The positions are available beginning July 2015, and will remain open until filled. The salaries will be commensurate with experience, and will comply with The Pennsylvania State University guidelines. To apply, please upload a current CV, a cover letter, the names and addresses of three references, and a brief statement of research interests and long-term goals. Applications received by April 27, 2015 will receive full consideration.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088