Postdoctoral Positions – University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Multiple Postdoctoral Positions related to Modeling Plankton, Fish, and Particle Movement

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is seeking up to 3 post-doctoral Assistant Research Scientists to work at Horn Point Laboratory on recent and anticipated funded projects that have a common theme of simulating the transport and movement of animals, plankton, or particles (hydrocarbons).  The topics are: (1) advancing individual-based modeling of zooplankton coupled with a biogeochemical model as part of using satellite data to estimate zooplankton biomass and productivity in the Gulf of Mexico, (2) simulating fine-scale behavioral movement of fish and how this behavior affects the performance of optical and other sampling methods, (3) advancing a novel model of gene abundance and expression that will simulate the evolution of hydrocarbons and their associated communities in a Lagrangian framework coupled with a biogeochemical model. While each post-doc will focus on a single project, the benefits of a joining a large group working on similar themes include: developing broader research networks, leveraging shared conceptual frameworks, and sharing code.  In addition, the appointees will be encouraged to collaborate with scientists across UMCES (  A Ph.D. in Marine Science, Ecology, Fisheries, or Oceanography or a related field is required. Working knowledge of programming in one or more computational software languages (FORTRAN, C, R, Python) is preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience. We welcome applicants that enhance project diversity. The Assistant Research Scientist rank carries full State of Maryland health and retirement benefits, as well as the ability to develop collaborative independently funded research projects. Horn Point Laboratory is located in Cambridge, Maryland on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, with accessibility to Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and will continue until position is filled. Applications should include CV, copies of up to 3 publications, one-page summary of Ph.D. thesis, and the names and addresses of three references.

For further information contact Kenneth Rose ( or Victoria Coles (

UMCES is an AA/EOE institution. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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