Postdoctoral Fellowship, Hydrodynamic/Wave Modeling – Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to lead research related to the development, testing, and deployment of hydrodynamic and wave models of the Lake Champlain-Richelieu River basin to support development of a real-time hydrodynamics and flood forecast modeling system. Objectives of the project include calibration and verification of an FVCOM-based hydrodynamic lake model and wind-wave model based on the WAVEWATCH III model. Lake model forcings are based on the output of operational atmospheric High-Resolution Rapid Refresh model (HRRR) and of Weather Research and Forecasting-Hydrologic distributed model (WRF-Hydro).  The fellow will be given the intellectual freedom to pursue additional ideas of their own that contribute to the broader goals of hydrodynamic modeling in Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes basins.

The postdoctoral scholar will work in close collaboration with a team of hydrodynamic and hydrological modelers at CIGLR and NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), led by Drs. Dmitry Beletsky (CIGLR) and Jesse Feyen (GLERL). The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, report findings to internal and external audiences in reports and presentations, and lead publications in scientific journals.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The fellow will spend the majority of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor and work in close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan and GLERL.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This position offers an annual salary of $50,000-$54,000 per year plus benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for extension based on performance, need, and availability of funds.


This position requires a Ph.D. in the natural sciences or engineering, with a background in hydrodynamic/wave modeling, and a solid record of scholarship.

Closes March 24, 2019

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