Postdoctoral Fellowship – MIT

Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships in Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences

The Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences supports exceptional early-career scientists with interests in the broad range of disciplines represented in the department. Fellows pursue independent research but are also encouraged to collaborate with one or more faculty in the department. A faculty mentor hosts each fellow. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective faculty mentors. MIT postdoctoral researchers receive mentoring and opportunities for career development throughout the postdoctoral period.

The program appoints new fellows each year through a competitive process. Appointments are for two years. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $64,000, full coverage of premiums for affiliate health and basic dental and vision insurance, and an allowance of $5,000 per year for research and relocation expenses.

Each selected fellow will be appointed to a named fellowship. Named fellowships include the Crosby Fellowship, the Houghton Fellowship and the Lorenz Fellowship. Houghton fellows are additionally invited to contribute to educational activities in the department, at a level to be determined in consultation with the faculty mentor.

Application Information
A complete application must include a curriculum vitae containing a list of publications, a two-page plan (including figures but excluding references) of research to be conducted during the fellowship, and three reference letters to be provided separately.

Applications are being accepted at Academic Jobs Online:

To receive full consideration, complete applications must be received by November 16, 2018.

With MIT’s strong commitment to diversity in education, research and practice, we especially encourage minorities, women and international scholars to apply.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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Fellowship Details

Houghton Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Houghton Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2017.

About Henry Houghton
Henry Houghton served for 25 years as Head of the Department of Meteorology (predecessor of what has become the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate). During that long period, the Department established an unsurpassed standard of excellence in these fields. On his death, Prof. Houghton left the bulk of his estate to the new Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences to establish the Henry Houghton Fund.

Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Lorenz Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2017.

About Edward N. Lorenz
Ed Lorenz, a founder of chaos theory, also developed revolutionary ideas about the energetics of stratified, rotating fluids and made important contributions to the understanding of atmospheric dynamics and weather prediction. He was on the faculty of MIT from 1955 to his retirement in 1988. Through his profound contributions to science as well as his quiet demeanor, gentle humility, and love of nature, he set a compelling example of what it means to be a gentleman and a scholar.

Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Crosby Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2012.

About W. O. Crosby
William O. Crosby joined the MIT faculty in 1878. He was a popular teacher, leading countless field trips that introduced MIT students and Boston residents to the geology of the Boston Basin. Crosby was considered the nation’s top expert on dams, consulted on the construction of the Charles River Dam and the excavation of subway tunnels in Boston, and investigated the foundation conditions for the new MIT campus in Cambridge.

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Scientist – National Center for Atmospheric Research

Where You Will Work

 Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.  NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) is part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Its mission is to: (1) discover the key processes in each component of the Earth’s climate system and the interactions among them (2) represent this understanding in models and thereby provide a basis for prediction of climate; and (3) apply this understanding and these models to scientific problems of societal relevance. We fulfill our mission through a strong record of achievement in scientific research, community modeling and data set development. Read more ›

Assistant Professor, computational ocean science – Oregon State University

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor with a focus on computational ocean science.

Seeking a colleague with expertise in exploring ocean dynamics using physics-based numerical modeling tools, and who will develop and maintain a vigorous, research program applied to either ocean circulation or atmosphere-ocean coupled systems. Applications are welcome from candidates who specialize in developing novel computational tools and/or data assimilative methods applied to a range of data types and temporal/spatial scales.  Also encouraged are applicants who have an interdisciplinary focus that would connect with existing CEOAS strengths, e.g., atmosphere-ocean interaction, biogeochemical ocean modeling, paleoclimate reconstructions, or beach evolution/sediment processes.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ice shelf/Iceberg-Ocean interaction – Princeton University

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ice shelf/Iceberg-Ocean interaction

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University, in association with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), seeks a postdoctoral researcher or more senior position to investigate the physics of ocean interactions with ice shelves and icebergs using numerical models.

Research questions include the role of large calving events in the climate system, influence of ice-ocean interactions on properties of water formation, importance of icebergs representation in climate models, etc. The models are designed for climate studies which provide the overarching context for the research. Read more ›

Science Communication Fellowship – Ocean Exploration Trust

Science Communication Fellowship

The Ocean Exploration Trust’s Science Communication Fellowship (SCF) Program immerses formal and informal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration and empowers them to bring ocean exploration – specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) –  to a global audience via the Nautilus Live website. Fellows share accounts of ocean science, expedition operations, and daily life with audiences through live audio commentary and question-and-answer sessions from aboard the ship.

Through participation in live interactions with student groups and public audiences, Fellows also engage people of all ages in real-time exploration. Science Communication Fellows then bring their expedition experience back to their own classrooms, organizations, and communities in the form of engaging deliverables like lesson plans or activities centered around their time at sea aboard Nautilus.

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Women in Math and Public Policy workshop – Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics

The Women in Math and Public Policy workshop is designed to bring together women in mathematics, science, engineering, and policy to work on pressing research topics in the fields of cybersecurity and climate change. These two topics were chosen because of their wide-reaching policy impacts and reliance on various mathematical techniques. The goal is to have a diverse and multidisciplinary cohort of women at different stages in their careers, from graduate students to senior researchers.  In addition to working in small groups on a specific research project, there will also be opportunities for networking and to attend talks by keynote speakers.

We are looking for early career women working in climate science for this workshop.  Both Cecilia Bitz and LuAnne Thompson will be leading groups.

Please apply!  January 22-25, 2019.  Applications due November 18, 2018. 

While participation in the group projects is by invitation only, the keynote lectures by Lucy Jones (Caltech) and Kristin Lauter (Microsoft Research) will be open to the public. Please consult the program webpage for detailed information. 


Postdoctoral Research Associate – National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: £28,200 – 32,430 (Band 6)

Full time (37 hours per week) / Part Time (hours subject to negotiation)

Fixed term (2 years) / (contract length variable for part time roles)

About the role:

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated scientist, with experience in physical oceanography and its role in climate, to carry out Lagrangian analyses of drifter trajectories (observed and modelled).  You will diagnose freshwater pathways originating in Arctic and Greenland melt water using drifters deployed on the shelves around Greenland.  You will then use the observed and modelled pathways, and additional datasets, to identify processes by which freshwater crosses off the continental shelf and into the deep ocean in the subpolar North Atlantic. Read more ›

Postdoctoral Research Associate positions – The Scottish Association for Marine Science

There are currently three open postdoc positions at SAMS. Two are in Physical Oceanography and one in Coastal Physical Oceanography and Modelling.

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Postdoc in Climate Dynamics – University of Colorado

Job Summary:

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a comprehensive understanding of tropical Pacific climate dynamics, analysis of large ensembles of climate model outputs (e.g., CESM), and conducting CESM initialized forecast experiments. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will have an appointment in the ATOC department at CU Boulder. The individual will join a collaborative project between CU Boulder, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) investigating the key physical processes in the tropical West Pacific that govern the coupled ocean-atmosphere dynamics during MJO and ENSO event evolutions.

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Positions in Ocean Modeling and Data Assimilation For Improving Ocean Observation Strategies – University of Miami

University of Miami invites applications for two positions in ocean modeling and forecasting systems, dedicated to improving ocean observation strategies.

The first position is for a Post Doctoral Associate, who will contribute to the development of an observing system evaluation capability to improve ocean prediction for a broad range of applications.  We seek candidates with a Ph.D. in oceanography, meteorology, or a related field.

The second position is for a Senior Research Associate who will provide computer programming support for the implementation of numerical simulations and will take part in the analysis of the results.  We seek candidates wit a M.S. in computer science, oceanography, meteorology, mathematics, statistics, or a related field.

For more details and to make application, please visit (Position #P100039284 and P100039249.  If you have any questions, please contact Matthieu Le Henaff (

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