Postdoctoral position at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability (IEES), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, China. The IEES is dedicated to enhancing scholarship, education, research and knowledge transfer in various areas related to the environment and energy, with particular emphasis on the Hong Kong and East Asian regions. The appointee will collaborate with Professor Ngar-Cheung (Gabriel) Lau, IEES Director, and his colleagues at CUHK in diagnosing the structural and dynamical characteristics of the atmospheric circulation features prevalent in these regions, on time scales ranging from hours to decades. Particular emphasis will be placed on (1) the impact of climate change on the behavior of extreme events such as heat and cold waves, heavy rain and severe drought episodes, and tropical cyclones, and (2) the role of meteorological processes in heavy air pollution events. These investigations will be conducted by applying modern statistical techniques (e.g., EOF, SVD, CCA, downscaling algorithms, etc.) to observational station, satellite and reanalysis datasets, as well as output from specifically-designed GCM and regional climate model experiments. Physical interpretation of the findings will be made based on dynamical knowledge of the pertinent atmospheric circulation systems, and their coupling with boundary conditions at various land and oceanic sites. Recent Ph.D. recipients or students expecting to fulfill all requirements for this degree in the next several months are welcome to apply. Candidates with expertise and interest in physically-grounded diagnostic studies of climate variability on a wide spectrum of temporal and spatial scales, as well as experience in handling high-volume observational and model datasets, are especially encouraged. An initial two-year appointment with a competitive compensation package will be made. This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible and preferably before August 2015. Applicants are requested to send electronic versions of their curriculum vitae (with lists of publications and the names and addresses of three referees), as well as a one-page statement of research interest and proposed work to be performed at CUHK, to Professor Lau (Gabriel.Lau@cuhk.edu.hk), before early April, 2015. Applications will be evaluated on a continuing basis. A formal announcement of this position will be posted at the CUHK website for job vacancies in April, 2015.