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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Meteorology

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Meteorology

DAS/IAG/USP through a fellowship funded by FAPESP logo

DAS/IAG/USP through a fellowship funded by FAPESP

The Department of Atmospheric Science of IAG/USP has a wide range of laboratories and research groups dedicated to the study of different atmospheric phenomena, developing research in the areas of climatology, large and mesoscale dynamics, atmospheric electricity, atmosphere-ocean interaction, biosphere-atmosphere interaction, hydrometeorology, micrometeorology, atmospheric pollution, atmospheric radiation and remote sensing of the atmosphere. The infrastructure for research development is high-level, allowing access to a variety of databases, sophisticated measurement instruments and a wide range of modern equipment labs. The Department also maintains participation in major research projects with national and international institutions.


Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)



monthly stipend of BRL$7,373.10 plus a research contingency fund equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship

Preferred education

Application deadline
27 December 2019

19 November 2019

Job description


The Department of Atmospheric Sciences of Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Science of University of Sao Paulo (IAG-USP) advertises a post-doctoral fellowship in the context of the project “Extreme wind-wave modeling and statistics in the Atlantic Ocean (EXWAVE)”. This project is developed in a partnership between the IAG-USP and the Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering, University of Lisbon (CENTEC-IST). This opportunity is open to candidates of any nationalities. The selected candidate will receive a two-year fellowship funded by The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) with a monthly stipend of BRL$7,373.10. There is also a research contingency fund equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship, which should be spent on items directly related to the research activity.

About the Project and Vacancy
The wind circulation pattern on the ocean is one of the most important driving mechanisms of wave generation, with a direct impact on important human activities, such as shipping, coastal safety, offshore industry and activities associated with oil and gas exploration. Therefore, the study of tropical and extratropical cyclones and their relation with extreme wind-wave events are crucial to managing coastal and ocean activities safely, both in present and in future perspective. The main goal of this post-doctorate fellowship is to analyze the impact of tropical and extratropical cyclones on extreme wind-wave events in present and projected climate for the Atlantic Basin.

Your tasks
- to build a tropical and extratropical cyclone climatology associated with extreme wind-wave events across the Atlantic Basin in the present and future climate;
- to investigate the relations between atmosphere dynamics and wave generation;
- to investigate the tendencies and patterns that can affect the statistical approach used in metocean analysis;
- to work as an integral part of a team within the IAG and CENTEC;
- to submit scientific publication in high-quality journals;
- to attend international conferences and workshops.

Your profile
- a doctoral degree in oceanography, meteorology or related disciplines;
- curriculum experience with studies related to cyclones, climatology and/or sea-waves climate;
- ability to work in an international team and be proactive;
- knowledge of the atmosphere and ocean dynamics;
- profound programming skills in at least one scientific program language (e.g. FORTRAN, C, Matlab, Python) and experience in data processing and analysis;
- good academic publication record;
- good communication skills in English;
- creativity and flexibility;
- good communication skills and ability to work with scientists, engineers, and technicians;
- full time dedication is required.

Desirable qualifications
- prior experience with cyclone tracking methods;
- knowledge of ocean-atmosphere interaction;
- prior experience with climate models;
- international research experience;
- good communication skills and ability to work with scientists, engineers, and technicians.

We offer
- a good work environment with colleagues from different nations;
- extensive options of vocational training (i.e. expert seminars, workshops, and courses);
- flexible working hours to ensure the compatibility of family and career;
- good work space and infrastructure, including computer cluster and data storage.

How to apply

The application must be sent to Prof. Dr. Ricardo de Camargo, reference “Candidate for Postdoctoral Fellowship-EXWAVE”, to the e-mail with the following documents:
1) A cover letter describing your research interests and career objectives;
2) Curriculum vitae;
3) A copy of your official transcripts;
Application deadline: December 27, 2019
Job location: Dept. Atm. Sciences, IAG-USP, Cidade Universitaria, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil