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Our group at UC Davis and LBNL are actively recruiting graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with a strong quantitative background. Prospective PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to contact Prof. Yang directly to inquire about our ongoing projects in climate science. 

Postdoctoral Scholoars

The Climate Physics Group at UC Davis and LBNL is seeking an ambitious and creative postdoctoral scholar to study how water vapor affects small-scale convective storms, as well as large-scale climate dynamics. Research topics may include: how does the buoyancy effect of water vapor influence low clouds and associated climate feedbacks, and how does the buoyancy effect of water vapor affect deep convection and tropical precipitation? The successful candidate will also be encouraged to pursue their own innovative ideas that further our understanding of water vapor and climate change.

The successful candidate will work closely with Prof. Da Yang and will be partly supported by an NSF CAREER Award. The primary appointment will be at UC Davis; a guest affiliation with LBNL can be arranged if desired. The start date is flexible, but the position will become available as soon as Oct. 1, 2021.


  • Develop testable hypotheses to better understand interactions between water vapor, clouds, atmospheric circulations, and climate change;

  • Perform numerical simulations and analyze observations to test hypotheses;

  • Present results at conferences and seminars;

  • Publish results in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Completed a doctoral degree in atmospheric science, climate science, geophysical fluid dynamics, or a related field at the time of the appointment;

  • Demonstrated ability to tackle important questions with the scientific method;

  • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.

Preferred qualifications:

  • A strong background in at least one of the following areas: atmospheric convection, radiative transfer, climate change, or atmospheric/fluid dynamics;

  • A strong background in numerical analysis and high-performance computing;

  • Experience with atmosphere/climate models of various complexities (e.g., bulk plume models, cloud-resolving models, or 3D general circulation models).

We will also consider seriously any outstanding candidate from other fields with rigorous training in math and physics, if strongly motivated to study atmosphere and climate.


UC Davis is nestled in a top-rated college town, with good access to SF Bay Area, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. The University of California offers competitive retirement and benefit plans and has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Term of Appointment:

The position is 100% for 1 year initially, renewable for an additional 2-year period contingent on satisfactory progress and funding availability.


Application/How to apply:

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the following: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) the names of three references.


Review of applications will start on Sept. 20, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.



Email any questions to Prof. Da Yang ( with “Postdoctoral research position at UC Davis" in the subject.

Outstanding applicants are also encouraged to apply for postdoctoral fellowships at the NSF, NOAA, the McDonnell Foundation, LBNL, and UC Davis.


Please contact Prof. Yang (email: if you are interested in applying to one of these fellowships.

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