Postdoctoral research position,modeling and investigating tropical air-sea interactions – Georgia Institute of Technology

A postdoctoral research position is available for modeling and investigating tropical air-sea interactions. The project aims to understand the oceanic and atmospheric sources of climate variability and the interaction between them. Some preliminary findings were published in J. Climate, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0714.1. The planned study will employ new modeling strategies to further dissect the ocean forced and atmospheric intrinsic variability with an aim to develop a process-oriented framework for understanding the coupled atmosphere-ocean system. The successful candidate is also encouraged to create and research new ideas with their advisor with a focus on tropical air-sea interaction.

The position will be based in Jie He’s lab in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology and will become available in August, 2018. Starting date is flexible but Fall of 2018 would be ideal. This is a 2-year position, with potential for renewal depending on the performance and funding situation. Responsibilities center on research, modeling and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences or equivalent fields is required. A working knowledge of computer programming for climate modeling is preferred.

Inquiries and applications with CV and a cover letter detailing qualifications, research interests and motivation should be emailed to Jie He (

Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington

The next Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) will begin in January 2019, available in September 2018.

Application Deadline is May 15, 2018 to start January 2019.

FHL supports a post-doctoral scientist for a two-year appointment to

  1. establish an active research program in Ocean Acidification or Ocean Observatories, or both.
  2. assist the FHL Director in facilitating the efforts of visiting scientists and students, and
  3. teach at least one course during each year of the postdoc appointment.

Applications are welcomed from scientists with qualifications in any area of marine research that is readily supportable by FHL, but preference will be given to applicants studying ocean acidification, or ocean observatories (e.g., see the researchers at FHL list)

Applications should include:

  • curriculum vita
  • two letters of reference sent directly to Margo Thorp from the letter writers
  • a brief letter (5 pages maximum) outlining interests and your specific research plan

Please email application materials to:

On-campus family housing is available at FHL’s customary housing rates, which are lower than market rates on San Juan Island.

Please mark all application documents clearly as part of an application for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Applications should be received before May 15, 2018. The Fellowship appointment will be announced by June 15, 2018 and will be effective January 1, 2019. Position could be available in September 2018.

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity in education regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

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Post Doc – Oregon State University

Department: Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci (OAS)
Position Title: Research Associate (Post Doc)
Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Job Location: Corvallis
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000

Position Summary
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The Institutional Research Associate (Post Doc) will produce independent and creative scholarship in any aspect of physical oceanography or atmospheric sciences.

The incumbent will be paired with one or more faculty members in the Physics of the Ocean and Atmosphere (POA) discipline group, who will provide mentorship and training. In addition, the Institutional Research Associate (Post Doc) will be encouraged to seek external funding, and may serve as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator as appropriate. The incumbent may also be appointed as Instructor of record to develop and/or teach a course on a subject in his/her expertise if so desired.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) is an internationally recognized leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has more than 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include Masters and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography; and a Master’s degree in Marine Resource Management. The college has undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences, with several minors and certificate programs.

Position Duties
75% – Research and Scholarship:
Conduct independent and creative research in any aspect of physical oceanography and/or atmospheric sciences that will lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals. Present research results at appropriate national and/or international conferences of scientific organizations. Deliver seminars at Oregon State University (OSU) and other institutions.

25% – Career Development Activities:
Write and prepare proposals, mentor graduate students, participate in teaching activities, and foster external research collaborations. May serve as PI or co-PI, managing budgets or purchases on grants. As part of the mentoring plan, will be provided opportunities (as desired) to gain exposure to a variety of faculty activities including curriculum design, co-teaching or providing guest lectures in areas of expertise, faculty governance, promotion and tenure, peer review of teaching, participation in college committees, or other processes within an academic institution.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, or a closely related discipline by start of employment.
  • Evidence of scholarship (peer-reviewed papers).
  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills (appropriate to the area of research).
  • Excellent command of the English language including written and verbal communication skills.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Experience and/or interests that complement existing POA research themes.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Lab and/or field work may be required, as determined by research activities. National and/or international travel to scientific meetings to present research results may be required.

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Professorship in Theoretical Oceanography – GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel

Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel intend to attract more qualified women for professorships. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University, Germany and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel jointly invite applications for a

Professorship (W 3) in Theoretical Oceanography

The Professorship is based at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and assigned to the Research Unit ‘Theory and Modelling’ within the Department ‘Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics’.

We are seeking a dynamic individual who will carry out vigorous, internationally recognized research in the field of ocean and atmosphere dynamics and who will contribute to the understanding of ocean-atmosphere interactions. Applicants should have a strong research record in geophysical fluid dynamics, enabling them to enhance the understanding of processes ranging from 3-D turbulence to the large-scale circulation. This particularly includes the representation of ocean mixing in models and the combination of modelling and observations. The successful candidate can build on a well-established cooperation between modelling and observational research groups within the department. Particular research foci could be theoretical studies that are the basis for parameterizations and innovative solutions in ocean and climate modelling as well as data analysis. The scientific work should also facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments at GEOMAR and within the Kiel Marine Sciences.

The professor will teach within the B.Sc. program „Physik des Erdsystems“ and the M.Sc. program „Climate Physics“ in the field of ocean and climate physics with focus on theoretical oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics. Corresponding teaching experience is required. We expect teaching in English and willingness to teach in German within 3 years.

The position has been opened with respect to Art. § 61 and § 63 Section 1 of the Higher Education Act of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. The teaching commitment currently is 4 semester hours per week. For additional information about the position please contact Prof. Dr. Peter Brandt ( Detailed information about the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel can be found under

Kiel University and GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel wish to increase the number of female scientists in faculty positions and encourages applications from qualified women. Female applicants will be given priority if their qualifications and achievements are equal to those of male applicants. Applications from scientists with disabilities will be given priority in case of equal qualifications. We explicitly encourage candidates with a migration background to apply. Please refrain from submitting photographs.

Applications in English including curriculum vitae, certificates of academic degrees, lists of publications, teaching experience and past and present third-party funding, statement on previous and future research interests and teaching plan together with private and academic mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone number should be submitted in electronic form in a single pdf-file (smaller than 20 MB) by July 6, 2018 to The Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Kiel University, D-24098 Kiel, Germany (

Post-doctoral Research Associates – Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is seeking Post-doctoral Research Associates with research interests in Oceanography, Polar Science, Remote Sensing, Environmental Acoustics and Ocean Engineering. These are full-time (100% FTE) appointments, with expected terms of two years subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Positions are not project-specific; each applicant is expected to define his/her research goals within the broad program areas of the participating APL departments: Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing (AIRS), Acoustics Department (AD), Ocean Engineering (OE), Ocean Physics Department (OPD), and the Polar Science Center (PSC). All UW faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Successful applicants must hold a recent (no more than 4-years) PhD or foreign equivalent in order to assume a post-doctoral position.

A transition to permanent staff following the completion of the post-doc appointment is possible subject to availability of funds and the demonstration of an interest in developing independent research initiatives during the course of the post-doc appointment. Opportunities to collaborate with scientists across the UW campus provide access to a broad range of expertise both during the post-doctoral research and as a permanent member of the staff.

APL-UW serves society by contributing new knowledge and technology to the national defense enterprise, industry, public policy makers, and academia. The Laboratory’s broad and deep experience in undersea science and technology is a significant reason why APL-UW is one of only five Department of Defense-designated University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) having long-term, large-scale, formal connections to the U.S. Navy.

The University of Washington is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The University serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The University promotes diversity and inclusivity among our students, faculty, and staff and the public; we seek applicants who are committed to these principles. Thus, we are strongly seeking applicants whose research, teaching, and/or service have not only prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion, but have also given them the confidence to fully engage audiences in higher education from a wide spectrum of backgrounds.

The position offers salary commensurate with experience, as well as the University’s excellent comprehensive benefits package to include health/vision/dental plans including spouse, domestic partner and/or dependents. Details are available at

Application Instructions

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Lowell Jones at 206-221-9071 or

Screening of applicants will begin July 1, 2018; applications should be received prior to June 15, 2018 to be considered in the screening process.  Finalists will be contacted in August 2018.  Travel expenses will be covered to allow finalists to present their recent work in an APL seminar in Seattle, WA.

Job offers be will made in September 2018 with start dates negotiable between October 2018 and March 2019.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically:

  1. A curriculum vitae,
  2. A publication list,
  3. A brief research proposal (no more than 5 pages, double-spaced, excluding bibliography and figures) describing research to be pursued during a two-year tenure at the University of Washington, and
  4. The names of four individuals who can provide a letter of reference.

In addition, a letter of support from a mentor in one of the participating departments (AIRS, AD, OE, OPD, PSC) is strongly encouraged. Further information on current research at APL, by department and principal investigator, can be found at:

Applications should be submitted preferably via email to:

Dr. Kevin Williams –

Sr. Principal Physicist, Acoustics Department Chair, and Liaison of Science and Engineering Group of APL
Applied Physics Laboratory – University of Washington
1013 NE 40th Street
Box 355640
Seattle, WA 98105-6698

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Oceanhackweek 2018 – OOI

Please join us at the Oceanhackweek 2018, August 20-24, 2018, at the University of Washington, Seattle, in collaboration with the UW eScience Institute. This 5-day hands-on workshop is aimed at exploring, creating and promoting effective computation and analysis workflows for large and complex oceanographic data. The focus will be on data provided by the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). Comparisons to other large-scale ocean observing assets, such as Argo, IOOS, etc. are welcome and encouraged.

Different from conventional conferences and workshops, the Oceanhackweek is constructed based on three core components: tutorials in data science methodologies such as data visualization and cloud computing, peer-learning, and on-site project work in a collaborative environment. We welcome all self-identified oceanographers at all career stages to apply, and hope you will join us in this exciting endeavor!

Travel and lodging grants are available for non-local accepted participants. Participants are expected to attend the entire workshop.

More information is available on:

To apply, please fill out the application by May 7, 2018. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than May 21, 2018.

For questions, feel free to email

Join us in the Oceanhackweek 2018 to explore Data Science in Oceanography!


Canada Research Chair in Physical Oceanography – Dalhousie University

The Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University is seeking applicants for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Physical Oceanography. Applicants must hold a PhD in Physical  Oceanography or a closely related discipline, and have a strong record of research excellence. The applicants’ research should address ocean dynamics on a range of temporal and spatial  scales, and it should complement the existing research activities by physical oceanography  faculty in the Department, e.g., ocean models and observational analyses, shelf and deep ocean circulation, nearshore processes, air-sea interactions, climate variability, ocean acoustics, and mixing. Interests in cross-disciplinary oceanographic research are an asset.

The successful applicant may find research support from existing centres of excellence at Dalhousie (e.g., MEOPAR) and from the newly created Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). OFI brings together elite researchers and institutes from across the globe to understand our changing oceans and create safe, sustainable solutions for ocean development. Including a $93.7M award through the Canada First Research Excellence Fund program (CFREF), government, private and partner contributions, the OFI is a $220M enterprise.

The successful applicant will be appointed to a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The anticipated start date is 1 July 2019, or as negotiated. The application should include a detailed curriculum vitae, a two- to three-page statement of research interests, three representative publications, the names and contact information of three references, and a completed Self-ID questionnaire ( Review of applications will begin on 4 June 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send the complete application as a single pdf to the address below:

Dr. Katja Fennel
Search Committee Chair, Tier 2 CRC in Physical Oceanography

The Canada Research Chair (CRC) program was established by the Canadian Federal Government with the purpose of attracting outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system. Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e. the candidate must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity leave, extended sick leave, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Please contact the research grants office and see the CRC website ( for more information on eligibility. Dalhousie recognizes that career paths can be diverse and that career interruptions may occur. Applicants are encouraged to include, in their cover letter, an explanation of the impact that any career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

Dalhousie University is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018. The student body comprises 18,000 students from around the world who are here to access world-class academic programmes and leading edge research. It is located in the port city of Halifax on Canada’s east coast, which is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle, friendly people, and natural beauty.Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a
disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Ocean and Climate Dynamics – University of Oxford


Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean and Climate Dynamics (Heat Uptake) Vacancy ID : 133554

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean and Climate Dynamics (Heat Uptake). The post is available for up to 3 years.

This project will focus on the understanding of patterns of ocean heat content (OHC) changes, using new observations and estimates of OHC, and conceptual models. The successful candidate will join the Climate & Ocean Physics Group led by Prof Zanna as part of the NERC-funded TICTOC (Transient tracer-based Investigation of Circulation and Thermal Ocean Change) project coordinated by Dr. Elaine McDonagh (NOC). The TICTOC team includes six UK institutions and several international partners.

Salary : Grade 7: 31,604 – 38,833 p.a.
Deadline: submission online before 12.00 midday (UK time) on 16th May 2018.
Informal enquiries about the posts: Laure Zanna (
General enquiries regarding applications:

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean and Climate Dynamics (Sea Level Projections). The post is available for up to 2 years.

This project will focus on understanding projections of ocean circulation change and regional dynamic sea level. The successful candidate will join the Climate & Ocean Physics Group led by Prof Zanna as part of the NERC-funded UK- FAFMIP (The Flux-Anomaly-Forced Model Intercomparison Project) contribution to CMIP6, and coordinated by Prof Jonathan Gregory (Reading).

Further particulars & application details:

Salary : Grade 7: 31,604 – 38,833 p.a.
Deadline: submission online before 12.00 midday (UK time) on 16th May 2018
Informal enquiries about the posts: Laure Zanna (
General enquiries regarding applications:

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Postdoctoral Fellow – Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Available Positions: JAMSTEC is recruiting a total of 4 – 5 International postdoctoral fellow positions.

Aim of the Position: JAMSTEC wants to help talented young researchers who have completed promising Ph.D. theses to develop their scientific excellence. For this purpose, JAMSTEC has established an international postdoctoral fellowship programme. It is intended that research grants will be provided to successful applicants which will facilitate smooth start-up of his/her research in JAMSTEC (¥1,000,000 for the first fiscal year and ¥500,000 for each of the second and third years). The successful applicant will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC during the contract period.

Job Description: Successful applicants to this programme are expected to conduct scientific work independently on research topics of their own proposing or to proceed with research at JAMSTEC. The successful applicant will also have access to the necessary facilities and equipment at JAMSTEC during the contract period.
A mentor will be designated to each JAMSTEC International Postdoctoral Fellow, who will facilitate his/her research activities and evaluate research progress each year.

[Relevant research fields]
Any natural science or engineering field.
(We welcome applicants without experience or background in Oceanography or Earth Sciences.)

Requirements: Applicants are required to have been awarded or expect to have obtained a Ph.D. in a related field by the date of employment. In addition, no more than five years may have passed between the last day of the fiscal year in which the applicants obtained a Ph.D. and the date of employment. (Applicants who earned a Ph.D. after April, 2013 will be eligible.)

*Persons of any nationality and either gender are encouraged to apply.

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Visiting Scientist – Computational Oceanographer/Model Support – NOAA GFDL

Job Overview

NOAA/GFDL is seeking a computational oceanographer, to assist in ocean model development and research into the ocean’s role in the earth system using numerical simulations of global ocean-circulation in earth-system models.

This position will be located at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, NJ.

This position is subject to work location requirements for obtaining access to facilities and research systems. These requirements may include a combination of national security checks, credit checks, fingerprinting, or other security clearance or work authorization requirements.

This is a full-time, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal for a maximum term of three years. This position will be posted until May 14, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.


The successful applicant will be expected to help facilitate research activities of the lab. The broad duties of this position include:

  • Collaborate in the development of the numerical codes used for simulating the ocean (MOM6), sea-ice (SIS2), icebergs (KID), and ice-sheets, all in the context of fully coupled global and earth system models.
  • Assist in executing and managing production work (numerical experiments).
  • Provide technical support for the ocean and cryosphere models to scientists within the lab and to external collaborators.
  • Assist in the quality control of model output for dissemination to public data storage sites.
  • Assist in analysing numerical model output using a variety of tools including Python and Ferret.
  • Assist in quality control of software developments and manage code repositories.
  • Collaborate in designing, collecting, compiling, processing, analyzing and interpreting simulated ocean data from research activities at GFDL using realistic global ocean and coupled earth system models to understand the role of the oceans in the earth system.


We encourage applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in scientific programming in oceanography or geosciences, or closely related fields, and a demonstrated ability to conduct and publish collaborative research into ocean-climate dynamics and computational methods.

Desired experience

Experience with any of the following will be very useful for the position:

  • Using and contributing to ocean simulation codes.
  • Programming in Fortran, Python, C, XML and JSON.
  • Scripting with various shells including csh and bash.
  • Source code project management (version control) specifically with git.
  • Use and development of continuous-integration systems.
  • Contributing to open source software projects in global earth-system modeling communities.
  • Analyzing oceanographic data from global numerical models and/or observational datasets.
  • Using massively parallel high-performance computer systems (>1,000 cores).
  • Working with MPI, OpenMP, and profiling massively parallel codes.
  • Working with FMS-based codes or using the FMS runtime environment (FRE).
  • Use of code documentation systems such as Doxygen and LaTeX.
  • Publishing oceanographic and computer science research in peer reviewed journals.

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