Postdoctoral Scholar

The Richardson Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in Flagstaff, AZ, is seeking a postdoctoral research scholar with expertise in boundary layer meteorology.


Date posted

May 22, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

July 22, 2019 12:00 am


Northern Arizona University


  • United States

Job description

Special Information

Interested applicants should submit a CV, the names of 3-5 professional references, and a cover letter that describes research interests and previous research experience, and addresses desired skills and preferred qualifications. Applications must be submitted through NAU’s online HR portal.

Applications should be received by May 31, 2019 to receive full consideration. The start date is negotiable, but July 1, 2019 (or earlier) is preferred.

This position is supported by external funding, and thus specific tasks and duties must be completed, on schedule, by the postdoctoral research associate. A 12-month commitment is expected. Funding is potentially available for a second year, pending satisfactory performance and available funds. Inquiries should be directed to Professor Andrew Richardson (

This position is subject to the availability of funding. The incumbent is not eligible for Service Professional non-renewal notice, or Classified Staff layoff or recall status.

Job Description

The Richardson Lab at Northern Arizona University (NAU), in Flagstaff, AZ, is seeking a postdoctoral research scholar with expertise in boundary layer meteorology. The postdoc will conduct modeling and empirical analyses of boundary layer processes and biosphere-atmosphere interactions and coupling, using data on vegetation phenology, CO2/H2O/energy fluxes measured by eddy covariance, and new measurements of boundary layer height made with a compact laser ceilometer.

The Richardson lab is based in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) and the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (SICCS). The postdoc will be based in Flagstaff. Occasional travel to field sites in Arizona and New England may be necessary.

Applicants must be willing to work collaboratively on team projects. This project is supported by DOE SBIR funding to collaborators at Physical Sciences Inc., Andover MA. The postdoc will become part of the PhenoCam ( project team and will be expected to collaborate with team members at NAU and cooperating institutions. The postdoc will also become part of the Bartlett AmeriFlux tower team, operated in collaboration with USDA Forest Service.

Examples of duties and responsibilities:

  • Analyzes data on the diurnal variation in cloud base height and boundary layer height, and how these vary seasonally in relation to vegetation phenology and the surface energy budget
  • Uses boundary layer height measurements to inform regional-scale estimates of CO2 fluxes
  • Conducts computer simulations using models including WRF
  • Installs and maintains field instruments at the Bartlett Experimental Forest, NH, and a field research site near Flagstaff, AZ
  • Works collaboratively with members of the PhenoCam project team and the Physical Sciences Inc. project team

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Micrometeorology, Boundary Layer Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, Earth System Science, or a related STEM field
  • Experience with modeling and analysis of boundary layer and/or land surface processes
  • A record of publishing peer-reviewed research in top scientific journals