Call for interested postdoctoral collaborators – Nonstationary atmosphere-ocean and climate-biology relationships in the North Pacific Ocean

Nonstationary atmosphere-ocean and climate-biology relationships in the North Pacific Ocean – call for interested postdoctoral collaborators

Understanding nonstationarity in statistical parameters describing atmosphere-ocean and climate-biology interactions may improve our ability to resolve the ecological consequences of climate change. As an example, consider temporal changes in the relative importance of leading modes (patterns) of North Pacific atmospheric and oceanic variability. Prior to the late 1980s, the Aleutian Low (AL) atmospheric pattern and associated PDO ocean pattern dominated North Pacific climate variability. Since the late 1980s, the North Pacific Oscillation (NPO) atmospheric pattern and associated NPGO ocean pattern have become relatively more important (explained more variance). A leading characteristic of this change in importance of different climate patterns has been a decline in AL variability. With the decline in AL variability, negative correlations between sea level pressure (SLP) and sea surface temperature (SST) that had previously characterized the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and eastern Bering Sea (EBS) ecosystems largely disappeared. This change apparently led to a loss of coherent variability in local climate processes driven by SLP variability (e.g., freshwater input, wind mixing), and a decline in correlations between SST and productivity for salmon and other taxa in the GOA. Under these changes, commonly-used climate indices and parameters (e.g., the PDO, NPGO, and NPI indices, and local SST) show nonstationary correlations with climatic and biological processes. Statistical models assuming stationary biological responses to these climate indices and parameters therefore appear to be unsuitable for resolving climate-biology interactions over multi-decadal time scales in the GOA.

A two-year research project funded by the NOAA-FATE program, beginning in 2018, will seek to expand on these results by advancing three objectives: 1) test the generality of SLP-SST correlations as a predictor for biological responses to climate anomalies in the EBS, GOA, and northern California Current ecosystems; 2) develop a new climate index reflecting the strength of SLP-SST correlations; and 3) use seasonal climate forecasts to make short-term predictions of changes to SLP-SST correlation patterns. I am seeking a collaborator interested in applying to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative to develop a research project to collaborate with this NOAA-FATE effort. Some possible topics include: documenting changing portfolio diversity in salmon runs under nonstationary AL variability; developing a new climate index that can account for nonstationary relationships between basin-scale and regional climate variability; assessing the role of changes in the Arctic Oscillation pattern as a driver in changing North Pacific SLP-SST relationships; detailed study of nonstationary behavior in primary EBS climate processes (wind stress, advection, ice cover, etc.) under nonstationary AL variability; developing a more thorough understanding of the ecological implications of changing atmosphere-ocean interactions at the basin scale; or developing statistical tools for addressing nonstationary atmosphere-ocean and climate-biology relationships. Researchers interested in this opportunity should have a background in atmospheric science, physical oceanography, fisheries oceanography, marine ecology, statistics, or a related field, and should have a strong interest in cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative is a competitive funding opportunity, suitable for top-flight early career scientists with proven research ability. Selection begins March 1, 2018. A successful applicant would be located in either Kodiak (preferred), Juneau, or Fairbanks.

For more information, contact Mike Litzow (907.486.1503 or Information on the Centennial Postdoc positions is at:

Postdoctoral Research Scientists – NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

In collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University solicits applications to its Postdoctoral Research Scientist Program.

The AOS Program and GFDL offer a stimulating environment with significant computational and intellectual resources in which to conduct collaborative or independent research. We primarily seek applications from recent Ph.D.s for postdoctoral positions but will accept applications from more experienced researchers. Appointments are made at the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate or more senior initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year based on satisfactory performance and continued funding. A competitive salary is offered commensurate with experience and qualifications.

We seek applications in all areas of the climate sciences. This includes research in basic processes in atmospheric and oceanic dynamics; climate dynamics, variability and prediction; atmospheric physics and chemistry; cloud dynamics and convection; boundary layer processes; land-sea-ice dynamics; continental hydrology and land processes; physical oceanography; ocean-atmosphere interaction; climate diagnostics and analysis. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline.

Further information about the Program may be obtained from: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact potential hosts at GFDL and Princeton University prior to application to discuss areas of possible research.

Complete applications, including a CV, cover letter, copies of recent publications, contact information for at least three references, and a titled research proposal should be submitted by March 1, 2018 for full consideration. Applicants must apply online at We wish to broaden participation in climate-related sciences, and therefore particularly encourage applications from individuals with experience working with groups under-represented in science. These positions are subject to the University’s background check policy.

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Summer fellow – Ecological modeling, freshwater estuary

Position Description:
Ecological modeling of a freshwater estuary
Muskegon Lake is a freshwater estuary along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan and is designated an Area of Concern by EPA and a Habitat Blueprint by NOAA. It is an ideal site to test hypotheses about how hydrodynamic drivers such as material loading, winds, water circulation, and hydrological input shape lake ecology, thus aiding ongoing restoration efforts led by NOAA, EPA, and state agencies. This project aims to shed light on how hydrodynamics affect the ecology of Muskegon Lake and the recurring hypoxia in bottom waters. A systematic biophysical model is needed to understand the nutrient cycles and plankton dynamics in Muskegon Lake, as well as their responses to climate change.
The fellow will work closely with the research team to study how hydrodynamic drivers and anthropogenic stressors affect nutrient and plankton dynamics in Muskegon Lake by:
  • Applying and calibrating a coupled bio-physical model with observations,
  • Analyzing results and engaging in discussion, and
  • Carrying out process-oriented numerical experiments.

Candidates should have a strong interest or background in basic physical oceanography and limnology. Experience with data processing/analysis, computer programming, and ecosystem modeling are preferred.

The position is part of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist.


  • We are offering eight (8) full-time, twelve-week positions. All positions are located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
  • Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. The start date will be in early May, but this can be flexible (i.e., early June start) based on the selected candidate’s schedule or project needs.
  • We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.
  • There is a stipend of $6,500 for the twelve-week period, paid in two installments of $3,250.

*Eligibility: *

  • The program is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors preferred) and graduate students. We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the past 12 months (of your fellow position start date) if the position fits directly within a student’s career goals.
  • You must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national who is residing in the U.S. on a current Student Visa.
  • Immediate relatives of any CIGLR or NOAA GLERL employees are not eligible to participate in this program, consistent with NOAA guidelines.

*To Apply:*

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Postdoctoral Program – Ocean Frontier Institute

International Postdoctoral Program

The OFI International Postdoctoral Program is seeking recent PhD graduates for a unique appointment in ocean studies focused on the North Atlantic. The term of the award is two years; successful candidates will spend 12 months at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and 12 months at one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States.

Applications will be received until Jan. 31, 2018.

About the program 

The OFI International Postdoctoral Program provides an opportunity to join leading experts working on innovative projects related to OFI research. The program involves research collaboration among principal investigators, enabling postdoctoral fellows to gain exposure to diverse research approaches.

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Gordon Research Conference – Ocean Mixing

Conference Description:

Turbulent mixing in the ocean controls transport of heat, freshwater, dissolved gasses, and pollutants. Turbulent mixing is also of crucial importance for ocean biology, from determining the flow field for the smallest plankton to setting large-scale gradients of nutrient availability. Recent work suggests considerable spatial and temporal non-homogeneity in deep-ocean mixing; an improved understanding of the distribution of deep-ocean mixing intensity, and the physics that drives that distribution, is central to understanding the energetics of the ocean and reducing the uncertainties in global circulation and climate models. Observations of turbulent mixing in the ocean include direct measurements of velocity and temperature fluctuations at the small scales (mm to cm) of turbulent overturns, observations of net mixing by purposeful dye release, focused studies of the dynamical processes that lead to turbulence, and inferences of mixing from larger scale budgets. The physics of ocean mixing is also actively studied using a variety of numerical and theoretical approaches, as well as laboratory experiments. Finally, the consequences of mixing for larger scale climate models are addressed by turning dynamical insights of the previously mentioned work into practical parameterizations.

The purpose and scope of this GRC is to provide a forum for discussion of the rapidly evolving field of ocean mixing. Emphasis is threefold: observations of mixing in the world, new insights into dynamics that control mixing rates, and impacts of mixing on regional and global circulation and budgets. The latter two include development of parameterizations to turn dynamical insights into useful things to include in regional models and global numerical climate models.

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Faculty position – Rutgers

The Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences (DMCS) at Rutgers, the State University of New
Jersey, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in coastal physical oceanography at
the rank of Assistant Professor. We are searching for a creative, productive and collaborative
scientist whose work addresses fundamental topics in the area of the physical oceanography of
estuaries and coastal seas. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, ocean-atmosphere
interactions, ocean mixing processes, sediment transport processes including quantitative
geomorphology, land-ocean interaction, polar/fjord dynamics and interdisciplinary studies that
couple physical and biogeochemical processes in estuarine and coastal environments. The
candidate would be expected to leverage the extensive resources in the Department in ocean
observing and numerical modeling in developing a grant-supported internationally recognized
research program. Articulating a vision of how the candidate’s research program would foster
collaborations within DMCS and across Rutgers is strongly encouraged. The candidate is also
expected to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in their area of expertise, and to
continually strive for excellence in graduate and undergraduate education through both teaching
and mentoring. A PhD in Physical Oceanography or a closely related field is required with
preference to candidates with relevant post-doctoral experience.

Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing

  • 1) a cover letter including the names and contact information of three
  • 2) a curriculum vitae,
  • 3) a 3-page vision statement for their future research program
    in this position, and
  • 4) a statement of teaching experience, philosophy and interests.

Review of applications will begin February 1st, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position go to and click the “apply for this job” link.

DMCS is part of the Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
( that unites more than 100 faculty, researchers, and graduate
students across 9 academic departments studying Earth’s interior, continents, oceans,
atmosphere, and biosphere, their interactions through Earth history, and their effects on human
civilization today. For more information on the department and programs please go to DMCS is affiliated with Rutgers School of Environmental and
Biological Sciences and located on the George H. Cook campus in New Brunswick. Rutgers is a
leading national research university and the State of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive
public institution of higher education. The University offers collaborative opportunities with
multiple centers and institutes of excellence, access to interdisciplinary PhD-level graduate
training programs, modern research and core facilities. An equal opportunity employer, Rutgers
University is committed to building a diverse community and encourages applications from
women and minority candidates.

New Brunswick is situated in central New Jersey with easy access to the New York City and
Philadelphia metropolitan centers. The region is home to world-class universities and corporate
headquarters. Central New Jersey offers vibrant and diverse cultural activities, excellent public
and private schools, and opportunities to live in urban, suburban or small town settings within a
short distance of campus.

Postdoctoral Research Associate – University of Connecticut

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Marine Sciences

University of Connecticut

Avery Point Campus

The Department of Marine Sciences at UConn, Avery Point is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to study the predictability of ocean conditions on seasonal timescales using a regional ocean model seasonal forecast system, J-SCOPE.  The candidate will work with Dr. Samantha Siedlecki.  The NOAA MAPP funded work aims to augment an existing forecast system to address the needs of the Dungeness crab fishery managers and stakeholders. This forecast system, JISAO’s Seasonal Coastal Ocean Prediction of the Ecosystem (J-SCOPE, features dynamical downscaling of regional ocean conditions in Washington and Oregon waters using a combination of a high-resolution regional model with biogeochemistry and forecasts from NOAA’s Climate Forecast System (CFS). The candidate will run simulations in the past (1997 to present) to determine whether forcing with a multi-model ensemble (North American Multi-Model Ensemble or NMME) reduces bias and better conveys uncertainty, relative to the previous efforts which relied on CFS alone. In addition, the candidate will help investigate mechanisms that drive predictability of ocean conditions in the region.


Completion of a Ph.D. in oceanography, or closely related area; and experience with model data and/or big data analysis.


Experience with the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), scientific writing, and programming in Matlab.


The postdoctoral position is for one year with the possibility of extension to two years.  The position offers a competitive salary with generous health benefits.  The position requires a federal background check in order to work with the federal computing resources associated with this work.


Please apply online using UConn Jobs, to upload a single PDF document that includes a cover letter outlining research experience and interests, a CV, and contact information for three professional references.  It is preferred that applications are received by January 5, 2018.   Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018300)

Postdoctoral Research Associate positions – ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) is a 7-year centre supported primarily by the Australian Research Council. The Centre is hosted at UNSW, and involves Monash University, Melbourne University, the Australian National University and the University of Tasmania as Partner Organisations. Multiple Collaborative Organisations are involved, including the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy, the NSW Office of Heritage and Environment, CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology and the National Computational Infrastructure as well as prominent overseas research laboratories. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive, flexible and diverse workplace where your research can thrive.

About the role

  • $90K-$96K plus (17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 2-year fixed term with the possibility of extension
  • Flexibility to work Full-time or Part-time depending on your circumstances

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have two Postdoctoral Research Associate positions available for candidates with an interest and experience in process based understanding of the coupled land-atmosphere-ocean climate system, including in the areas of boundary layer meteorology, mesoscale ocean processes, and aerosol effects. Working with local, interstate and international team members, the Research Associate will use a combination of models, observations and theory to advance our understanding of one of these subcomponents of the coupled climate system. There is scope to contribute to the shaping of the role according to candidate’s area of specialisation.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • A PhD in a relevant climate-related discipline
  • Highly competent in one or more aspects of the coupled land-atmosphere-ocean climate system
  • Demonstrated research track record commensurate with opportunity

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Matthew England


T: (61 2) 9385 9766

Applications close: 18th February 2018

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Postdoctoral position – UNSW

The UNSW Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre comprising the largest university research facilities of its kind in Australia, administered within the School of BEES in the Faculty of Science. The CCRC houses research expertise in atmospheric dynamics, physical oceanography and terrestrial processes. The CCRC is co-located with the lead nodes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and the ARC Centres of Excellence for Climate Extremes.

About the role

  • $91k – $121k plus 17% superannuation and leave loading)
  • Fixed term for two years with possibility of extension
  • Full-time

The successful applicant will have strong background in physical oceanography, atmospheric dynamics or air-sea interactions. The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, a publication track record, an ability to manage new and existing research projects and possess or show willingness to develop good working relationships with researchers and industry.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level A

  • PhD or equivalent qualification in physical oceanography, atmospheric dynamics or physical climate science.
  • Experience in running (and/or analysing output from) ocean, atmosphere or coupled models [in particular dynamical downscaling/ eddy resolving ocean models].
  • A knowledge of small-scale ocean processes and/or air-sea interactions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Fortran, shell scripts, NCL, R, Python, MATLAB).
  • A commitment to equity and diversity principles and to contributing an inclusive culture in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Level B (In addition to the above)

  • A strong research record (relative to opportunity) and career potential, as evidenced by quality publications and by peer assessment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to design research projects

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Dr Alex Sen Gupta


T: (61 2) 9385 8951

Applications close: 22 January 2018

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Faculty positions – University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Division of Marine Science (DMS), within the School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), invites applications for two tenure-track positions in ocean engineering at the assistant professor level, and and endowed chair (see link below) . This newly established Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program creates an opportunity to blend engineering approaches with DMS established expertise in marine and hydrographic sciences, and to develop innovative solutions to the exploration of the oceanographic environment. These positions offer the successful candidates the possibility to contribute to the implementation and future growth of our ocean engineering program. This program is expected to combine strengths in ocean sampling technologies, technology fabrication, and coastal hydrodynamics with innovative application of ocean engineering solutions. The successful candidates should be able to leverage collaborations with SOST marine scientists and hydrographers within DMS and the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and computer and polymer engineers within USM’s College of Science and Technology. DMS faculty also interact with research scientists of federal agencies at John C. Stennis Space Center, such as the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center.

The Division of Marine Science ( is home to an interdisciplinary program of graduate and undergraduate study and research in marine systems. In addition to the new Ocean Engineering baccalaureate program, DMS offers Marine Science B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, and a Hydrographic Science M.S. The DMS baccalaureate programs are delivered in Long Beach, MS, from the 52-acre beachfront Gulf Park campus, in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for the USM-flagged ocean research vessel Point Sur. A new USM port facility in Gulfport, with a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space, is scheduled to open in spring 2018.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in civil, environmental, or ocean engineering, or a related field, and have demonstrated research experience in ocean environment studies, through application of in situ, laboratory, and/ or numerical modeling methodologies. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. The successful candidates are expected to develop and deliver courses in the Ocean Engineering program, facilitate the program’s successful establishment of ABET accreditation, and maintain an active research program. Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining their qualifications for the position, including a research plan, teaching philosophy with a curricular plan, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least four references.

All application materials will be accepted online at For inquiries about the position, contact Dr. Maarten Buijsman, chair of the search committee, at or 228.688.2385. Applicant review will begin February 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2018.

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Learn more and apply – Assistant Professor positions