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Apply to become a postdoctoral scholar!

This postdoctoral scholar program will help create the next generation of leaders in climate science and policy. It endeavors to attract spectacular recent PhDs in sciences that address studies with relevance to the Wilkes Center climate research and climate policy goals. 

Postdoctoral scholars will perform cutting-edge and impactful research in climate science and/or policy , with particular priority areas on data informed climate forecasting, wildfire and climate extremes such as heat waves, droughts, and floods, climate impacts on local communities, economies, ecosystems, and human health, and the development of tools to mitigate, adapt, and manage climate impacts. These can include analysis of past, current, or possible future climate variability and change as well as the study of the underlying social, physical, chemical, and biological processes.

Postdoctoral scholars will identify 1-2 faculty sponsors at the University of Utah, these faculty members will provide mentoring and a collaborative environment to carry out the research project. Communication with potential faculty sponsors is required prior to the submission of your application.

The program offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships, reviewed annually. Fellows receive a fixed annual salary of $64,000. Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off and paid holidays. A relocation allowance is provided as well as an allowance for scientific travel and other support costs.


The Wilkes Center accepts applications for this program annually beginning November 1st.

  • Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2024
  • Deadline for references to come in: February 29, 2024
  • Announce new fellows: No later than March 31, 2024

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