Post Doc – Oregon State University

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time, 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term, Research Associate (Post Doc) position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The purpose of this Research Associate (Post Doc) position is to conduct research in climate science in order to better understand the interactions between tides, ocean mixing, and the global Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; ~20,000 years ago). A tide model will be used in order to investigate effects of changes in sea level and ocean stratification on LGM tides. Resulting maps of tidal energy dissipation will be employed in global climate models in order to study the effects of changes in tidal mixing on the MOC and associated physical and biogeochemical tracer distributions in the ocean. The results will be published in peer‐reviewed journals.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences 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 177-foot ocean-going Oceanus and the 54-foot coastal research vessel, Elakha. 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 Master’s 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.

30% Tide modeling:
Install and configure a global tide model on a local computer cluster. Set-up and run approximately 25 experiments with different internal wave drag parameterization, resolution, sea level, floating ice, and ocean stratification. Diagnose resulting fields of tidal energy dissipation.

30% Climate modeling:
Use the tidal energy dissipation fields as calculated from the tide model in climate model simulations with the University of Victoria (UVic) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) climate models. Run approximately 21 simulations with the UVic model on the local computer cluster. Run six simulations with the NCAR model on NCAR’s Yellowstone supercomputer (three ocean only and three fully coupled runs).

20% Analysis of results:
Perform data analysis from the UVic model simulations on the local computer cluster using ferret or matlab. Perform analysis of the NCAR model results on Yellowstone and/or on the local computer cluster after transfer of the data.

20% Writing and publication:
Lead the writing of two publications: one on the results of the tide model experiments, and a second on the results from the climate model simulations. Present information at scientific conferences.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Previous experience submitting to peer-reviewed scientific literature publications.
  • 1 year of experience in using and developing numerical models.
  • 1 year of experience in using or developing models of ocean tides or general circulation models of the ocean.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is preferred.

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