Postdoctoral Research Associate – Brown University

A Postdoctoral Research Associate is sought to join Brown University at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES) to work on the Scale Aware Sea Ice Project, which has the overall aim to understand and model polar change.  The selected scientist will join a cohort of polar oceanographers and polar scientists.  A successful applicant will design and evaluate new parameterizations of ocean and wave-driven mixing in oceans under sea ice, using continuum climate models, discrete element sea ice models, and high-resolution large-eddy simulations.  

The position will be directly supported by a broad team, including a research scientist at Brown’s Center for Computation and Visualization, a second postdoctoral researcher at Brown, and project collaborators in Norway, France, and New Zealand. The applicant selected will have leeway for scientific exploration and self-directed research, especially with collaborators within IBES and elsewhere in other units at Brown.The position salary is $62,500 for two years, with the possibility of extension. Hosting or traveling to research visits will be supported, though not required, and remote or flexible working arrangements may be possible depending on your state of residence. The proposed start date is 1/1/22, though there is some flexibility for later start dates.  Significant additional research, computing, and travel support is available to facilitate this work, along with relocation support.  

Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the commitment of IBES and Brown University.  Accordingly, IBES seeks qualified candidates who can contribute to racial equity, diversity and inclusion through service, mentorship, teaching and scholarship. Further, IBES is keenly interested in diversifying and encourages applications from diverse candidates. Candidates from historically underrepresented group(s) in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Please direct questions to Christopher Horvat:


  • A PhD in Earth/Climate Science/Applied Mathematics/related fields, or relevant work experience. 
  • An open mind, with an interest in multi-scale climate modeling and polar climate. 
  • Experience with running climate or process models and analysing/interpreting model and observational data.
  • Knowledge of ocean mixing parameterizations, coupled air-sea-ice processes, and experience with CESM or NEMO modeling frameworks a plus.
  • IBES is interested in qualified candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Application Instructions

Please send a CV, 1 page cover letter, and contact information for three references. All applications received before November 1 will be considered together. The position will remain open until filled. 

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