Postdoctoral Scholar, Coastal and Ocean Modeling – University of Washington


The Coastal Modeling Group in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington seeks a postdoctoral researcher to work on a new project “LiveOcean Model Enhancement and Transition to Operations,” funded through the NOAA Coastal and Ocean Modeling Testbed.  If you are inspired to use regional ocean models to advance applied and basic science, and equally inspired by the challenges of complex system programming this may be a great opportunity for you.

The overall goal of the project is to transition the LiveOcean model to a state of sustainable operations hosted by the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) Regional Association of U.S. IOOS.  LiveOcean is a realistic numerical model of ocean circulation and biogeochemistry for the coastal and estuarine waters of the northern California Current System and Salish Sea ( The model has a well-established and growing group of stakeholders including commercial, tribal, and recreational shellfish and crab fishers, public health managers, scientists, and students.  The model makes daily three-day forecasts, and multi-year hindcasts.

The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Parker MacCready and the NANOOS team on all aspects of the model.  We plan to enhance model forcing fields, high-resolution nesting, validation against observations, and documentation. We also will be making improvements to stakeholder products and accessibility of model fields for the scientific community.  Current applications of the model include Ocean Acidification, Hypoxia, Harmful Algal Blooms, and larval transport.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of WashingtonLabor Relations website.

The University of Washington, College of the Environment, and School of Oceanography are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural, inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans. The School of Oceanography is therefore seeking candidates whose experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. For more information on our commitment to building a culturally diverse workforce, please see:

The University of Washington (UW) is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. The UW is a recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see


A PhD in Physical Oceanography or related field is required as well as demonstrated skills in one or more of the following areas: ocean modeling using ROMS, python and Linux programming, design of complex programming systems and collaborative code development using Git, analysis of ocean observations and their use for model validation, and communicating scientific results to stakeholders.

This position is full-time (100% FTE), 12-months/year, with an initial term appointment of one year (12 months), with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience and employee benefits will be provided.

Application Instructions

To apply, candidates will be asked to submit materials via Interfolio including 1) a letter of interest describing your interest in the position and qualifications, 2) a curriculum-vitae including a list of publications, 3) A statement describing your research accomplishments and goals as well as your experience with collaborative research, mentoring, and broadening participation in science (no more than 2 pages) and 4) Name and contact information for 3 professional references.

PDF files are preferred. Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in Oceanography are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications submitted by November 15, 2021, will be given full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Parker MacCready (

For questions about potential disability accommodation during the application process, please contact the UW’s Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450, or 206-543-6452 (TTY), or

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