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25 Aug 2022

Full-Time Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Researcher – Arctic Data Assimilation

Woodwell Climate Research Center – Posted by ssingleton86 Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States

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Job Description

We seek a Research Assistant or a Postdoctoral Fellow to support a modeling project related to the impact of climate change on arctic terrestrial ecosystems. The selected candidate will develop a spatial data-assimilation framework for the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (DVM-DOS-TEM) to improve predictions of carbon-climate feedbacks as a result of permafrost thawing. This position requires a mathematical background, computer coding experience, and the ability to work independently. Development of the data assimilation framework will require knowledge of Bayesian statistics and big data filtering methods (e.g., Kalman filter). The selected candidate will work within a highly collaborative team of Arctic modelers, scientists, policy experts, and communications specialists for the Permafrost Pathways project.


  • Develop coding infrastructure for spatial data assimilation within a terrestrial ecosystem model, including the integration of large geospatial data sets.
  • Process and analyze multi-temporal and multi-dimensional process model output.
  • Execute a variety of complex, non-routine research procedures with little supervision.
  • Schedule own work and lead project implementation with minimal supervision.
  • Assist in project planning and contribute to data analysis, interpretation, and manuscript preparation.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in applied mathematics, statistics, earth system sciences, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with multi-dimensional process model output, advanced statistical techniques, and manipulating large data sets.
  • Knowledge of Bayesian statics, data assimilation, and filtering techniques.
  • Familiarity with Linux/Unix systems and console commands.
  • Advanced computational and programming skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. thesis on data assimilation.
  • Several years of experience with scientific code development.

Application review will begin on October 10, 2022

Desired Start Date: January 1, 2023 (with flexibility).

Fixed term: Two years

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The annual salary range is dependent on qualifications/experience. This is a two-year, fixed-term appointment with the possibility to extend based on funding and performance. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

Please visit Woodwell’s website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus on the traditional and sacred land of the Wampanoag people, near the village of Woods Hole, Woodwell Climate Research Center is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.

How to Apply

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our career’s portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type ADA on all correspondence. Please access link to apply:  

Job Categories: Climate Change. Job Types: Full-Time.

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