Postdoctoral Investigator, Coupled wave-ocean-atmosphere modeling for the tropical Pacific – WHOI

WHOI is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Investigator in coupled air-sea-wave modeling and observation analysis, with a focus on the tropical Pacific Ocean. The successful candidate will be supervised by Hyodae Seo and Susan Wijffels to work on a NOAA-funded Tropical Pacific Process Studies, Pre-Field-II project. The project will explore simulation sensitivity of air-sea interaction to choices of flux parameterizations, model resolution and physics (e.g., surface wave effects). We will look at feedbacks to large-scale climate variability and coupled modes and explore whether existing and future observations can help constrain and validate choices.

The appointment will be 24 months. Qualified applicants must apply online. The documents should include a brief cover letter, full CV, and contact information (only) of 3 references. The review of applications will begin as the files are received and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should contact Hyodae Seo ( or Susan Wijffels ( if they have questions about the position. 

Essential Functions

The candidate should have strong numerical modeling experience and quantitative skills. Expertise in surface wave modeling and coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling is preferred but not required. Experience with observational analyses of the upper ocean physics, air-sea fluxes, and/or atmospheric boundary layer processes in the tropics is also desirable. Applicants from groups historically underrepresented in oceanography and climate sciences are strongly encouraged to consider this opportunity.

Education & Experience

  • Ph.D. in related field 

Special Requirements

WHOI is a federal contractor required to comply with Executive Order 14042. As such, WHOI has enacted a Mandated COVID19 vaccination policy effective December 8, 2021 where you must register your vaccination status in order to begin your employment. The registration process entails confidentially submitting a vaccination card and/or your vaccination status or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.  

Physical Requirements

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