Postdoctoral Scientist – University of California, Santa Cruz

The Department of Ocean Sciences ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scientist to study coupled physical and biogeochemical processes along the central California coast as influenced by ocean/estuarine exchange and by nutrient and other input from anthropogenic sources. The project involves the development of a high-resolution ocean model for the study region (outside the San Francisco Bay) using the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) and/or analysis of its output to understand the impact of local pollution on coastal ocean productivity, hypoxia, and acidification.

The Postdoctoral Scientist will work under the supervision of Profs. Christopher Edwards (UCSC) and James McWilliams (UCLA) and will collaborate with scientists at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority ( and the San Francisco Estuary Institute ( scholar will be expected to lead their aspect of the project while simultaneously working as part of a team. Strong quantitative skills and experience with numerical models and scientific programming is advantageous, particularly with Fortran and either Matlab or Python. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are helpful.

Residency in either Santa Cruz or Los Angeles is possible with the expectation of travel between the two locations

ACADEMIC TITLE Postdoctoral Scholar

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum annual salary rates are made based on the individual’sExperience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See current salary scale for Postdoctoral Titles at

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in an area of ocean sciences, ecological modeling, or a related field.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

Submit application materials to Professor Christopher Edwards (


  • One-page statement of research experience and interests (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Contact information for up to three professional references


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by April 19, 2019.  Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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