Postdoctoral Researcher – University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Center for Marine Science and Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography seeks a post-doctoral researcher interested to improve understanding of wave transformation and hydrodynamics on rocky shorelines. As part of a multi-institutional team, funded by the Office of Naval Research program, “ROXSI: Rocky Shores Experiments and Simulations,” this post-doctoral project will conduct, analyze and improve upon coupled wave spectral (SWAN) and circulation (ROMS) numerical models applied to rocky shorelines. We invite applications from candidates with expertise in numerical modeling, applied mathematics, physical science, or physical oceanography.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: PhD in Physical Oceanography, Physics, Engineering, or Applied Mathematics required or a closely related field

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience: Expertise in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Ocean hydrodynamic and/or wave modelling
  • Nearshore ocean in situ and/or remote sensing measurements
  • Analysis of numerical methods
  • Experience with coding in MATLAB or Python, and FORTRAN

The Center for Marine Science at UNC Wilmington is dedicated to basic and applied research in the fields of oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture. 

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is engaged in elementary particle and theoretical physics research, as well as a range of research in physical oceanography and coastal ocean engineering.  

College of Arts and Sciences: provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond. 

The Center for Marine Science: is dedicated to providing an environment that fosters a multidisciplinary approach to questions in basic marine research. The mission of the center is to promote basic and applied research in the fields of oceanography, coastal and wetland studies, marine biomedical and environmental physiology, and marine biotechnology and aquaculture.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives. 
A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering. 
The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 
UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Applications will be accepted until  11:59pm EST on October 31, 2021, the position closing date.  To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including: 
1)      Curriculum vitae with contact information for 2 professional references

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Ata Suanda (

All applications and any corresponding materials must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

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