Our Research Group, the Coastal Urban-Environment Research Group (CUERG), has several doctoral degree research fellowships and assistantships opportunities in coastal-urban systems; modeling, observations, and applications to: weather; climate; energy and air quality. Coastal-urban systems represent a next frontier in environmental processes as these are the regions with highest populations and at most risks to climate extremes.  Particular interests to the CUERG group include: high-resolution modeling of coastal-urban processes, fundamentals of boundary-layer processes at the coastal-urban boundaries, satellite remote sensing of coastal-urban systems, extreme coastal weather processes and impacts on critical urban infrastructure, and applications to sustainable energy, air quality, and health.

Qualifications of prospect students include UG, MS or PhD. students from sciences or engineering with solid background in environmental fluid mechanics and heat transfer, or atmospheric sciences, or boundary layer processes, prefer with good programming skills.  If you are interested, please send an email of interest to Prof. J. González-Cruz (jgonzalezcruz@ccny.cuny.edu), along with a 1-page resume.

Post-Doctoral Associate Fellowship

Job Description:

Postdoctoral Associate will support emerging research in modeling coastal-urban processes contributing and reporting to the Coastal Urban Environments Research Group led by Prof. González-Cruz

Primary Responsibilities:

Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Modeling for Coastal-Urban Environments:

  • Configure urbanized NWP modeling in super-clusters and cloud-based environments
  • Identify areas of improvement for coastal-urban weather models to better represent urban physical processes
  • Develop and implement new urban parameterizations for mass and energy balance from surface precipitation processes for warm and cold environments
  • Assess the effectiveness of urban Boundary Layer representations of coastal-climate seasons under convective, neutral, and stable conditions
  • Test and optimize model performance for extreme precipitation events
  • Develop and/or adapt data assimilation techniques from in-situ and satellite-based observations as potential model skills improvements
  • Outline and test strategies for coupling urban NWP for air quality and energy forecast applications
  • Develop new visualization strategies of model outputs useful to stakeholders

Design modeling experiments for model assessment and evaluation:

  • Identify specific data-driven events for model ensembles drawing from well-established networks such as NYS Mesonet and/or field campaigns in New York City, Houston, and other cities
  • Demonstrate and document model performance and skills based on the model ensembles

Contribute to operationalize model execution for selected cities and explore applications:

  • For New York City and Houston, and other selected cities
  • Explore applications of urbanized NWP for air quality and buildings energy demand forecasting 

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Publish peer-reviewed articles, conference and workshops participation, weekly group meetings, note-taking 


  • PhD in a relevant field (Physics, Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences).
  • Experience with numerical weather prediction models and model ensemble.
  • Excellent programming skills in various platforms and languages.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information:

The appointment will be for one full year with possibilities to be renewed for up to one additional year.  Position will report to the University of Albany Atmospheric Science Research Center, with collaborations with The City College of New York.  

Application Instructions:

Please apply online via this link:  CUERG Post-Doctoral Associate

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Contact information for three professional references

Note: After submitting your resume/CV, the subsequent pages give you instructions for uploading additional documents (i.e. cover letter etc.).

This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

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