Postdoctoral Associate

Mississippi State University, Hurricane Research Division seeks a Postdoctoral Associate.


Date posted

Nov. 11, 2019 12:00 am

Application deadline

Jan. 11, 2020 12:00 am


Mississippi State University


  • United States

Job description

JOB NO: 499395
POSITION TYPE: Full-Time 12-Month
DEPARTMENT: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Model validation techniques
    1. Technique refinement to in-house routine of radii, intensity, and track validation
    2. Apply to several hurricane seasons, including experimental hurricane models
    3. Show benefits in context to the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program 
  1. Assessment of HWRF SST field
    1. Refinements to ongoing statistical analyses of a HWRF control run with the GFS SST, versus runs with SST configurations from NCODA, RTOFS, GDEM, and NCODA
    2. Refinements to ongoing development of new Kurihara hurricane filter scheme
    3. Submitted peer-review paper related to these tasks 
  1. Assessment of HWRF SST coupling along NGOM continental shelf
    1. Hurricane Nate weakened rapidly with structural collapse on its western side as it translated over the continental shelf of the Mississippi Sound. In contrast, Hurricane Michael (2018) rapidly intensity while over the continental shelf into a Category 5 hurricane at landfall into Mexico Beach, FL. An assessment of the ocean evolution near landfall from observations
    2. A 400-m resolution ROMS-based or HYCOM-based circulation model with 1-km boundary forcing from NCOM run from hindcast winds to assess continental shelf circulations in these regions
    3. Comparison to coupled HWRF runs will be performed
    4. Assessment of HWRF SST coupling along NGOM continental shelf 
  1. Assessment of HWRF inland winds
    1. Sustained wind speed validation of HWRF versus observations from landfall to 12 hours inland is to be performed. Initial case study cases will be Hurricanes Florence and Michael (2018)
    2. Validation of radii parameters after landfall for the case studies
    3. Documentation on HWRF’s post-processing techniques for 10-m winds
    4. Repeating the validation procedure for 3-second peak gusts, and documentation for possible wind gusts routine 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Residency
  • Ability to receive a Department of Commerce moderate risk clearance
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science or related field
  • Tropical cyclone research background
  • Computer competencies in Linux and Proficient in FORTRAN, MATLAB, GMT, R, or other similar languages
  • Modeling experience
  • Familiar with common data formats such as GRIB, GRIB2, and netCDF
  • Proven ability for peer-review publication

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