Postdoc position at MIT on Ocean Modeling and Transport

The Environmental Dynamics Lab (ENDLab) in Mechanical Engineering at MIT is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral position in ocean modeling and transport. The candidate will work on a combination of model development, analysis of Lagrangian transport of inertial material, and associated biochemical interactions. Applications include the behavior of ocean drifters, transport of sediment plumes, and transport of plastic and micro-plastic debris; the associated impact on ocean biology is an important consideration. The postdoc will directly interact with field experiments, and there will be opportunities to participate in research cruises.

The postdoc will work with Prof. Thomas Peacock and collaborate with Prof. Lermusiaux. Modeling will be using the MSEAS ocean model system, and familiarity with other ocean modeling platforms is required.

The candidate is expected to have:
– Completed a doctoral degree in geophysical fluid dynamics, physical oceanography or a related field;
– A strong background in geophysical fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, and ocean modeling;
– Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills.

Experience with any of sediment and sediment plume dynamics, biochemical dynamics, and turbulence/LES modeling is desirable.

Application materials required include:
– curriculum vitae with complete list of publications,
– a one-page statement of PhD research and future interests
– contact information of 3 references.
The complete application package should be sent as a single pdf file to Prof. Thomas Peacock (

The position will be initially for 18 months and is renewable for an additional 6 to 12 months based on progress and performance. The salary would be commensurate with experience. Preferred starting date early Sept 2019.

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