Postdoctoral research associates – NOAA/AOML

We are seeking highly motivated postdoctoral research associates with strong backgrounds in numerical modeling and analysis of large-scale ocean and atmosphere datasets. Successful candidates will join a research team at NOAA/AOML to use observations and ocean and/or coupled atmosphere-ocean models to study one of the following subjects:

Topic-1) Interannual-to-decadal variability of the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (SAMOC): The specific objectives include exploring the impact of eddies in Ocean General Circulation Models (OGCMs) on SAMOC variability and quantifying the relationship of the SAMOC with the Southern Hemisphere westerlies and the Agulhas leakage. This project is also in collaboration with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The incumbent will have opportunity to interact with scientists at GFDL.

Topic-2) The southward returning pathways and vertical structure of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and their contributions to the meridional ocean heat transport: Specific tasks include (1) reconstructing realistic southward returning flow pathways of the AMOC by performing “robust diagnostic” simulations; (2) exploring southward returning flow pathways of AMOC; and (3) examining the impacts of AMOC on global SSTs. To address these tasks, we will use available hydrographic observations, CMIP5 outputs, and model experiments using NCAR Community Earth System Model (CESM/CCSM) and an intermediate complexity model.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography or Atmospheric Science or a related field and a demonstrated ability in publishing results in the peer-reviewed literature. Highly desirable qualifications include knowledge of Unix and Fortran, and the ability to run ocean or coupled atmosphere-ocean models. Prior experience with the GFDL’s Modular Ocean Model (MOM) is desirable for Topic-1 and the

NCAR’s community earth system model (CESM/CCSM) for Topic-2, but not required.

Topic-1) Postdoctoral Associate: South Atlantic MOC Variability (CIMAS/UM, position #P100015909) [apply on-line]

Contact: Shenfu Dong ( and Sang-Ki Lee

Topic-2) Postdoctoral Associate: Southward Returning Pathways of AMOC (CIMAS/UM, position #P100015913) [apply on-line]

Contact: Sang-Ki Lee ( and Marlos Goes

In addition to the above two positions, two other postdoc positions relevant to AMOC are currently available at NOAA/AOML and UM/CIMAS.

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program: Inter-Ocean Exchanges in the South Atlantic and Its Link to Global Monsoons

Contact: Hosmay Lopez (, Shenfu Dong and Sang-Ki Lee

Postdoctoral Associate: Atlantic MOC Observations (CIMAS/UM, position #P100015908) [apply on-line]

Contact: Renellys Perez (, Chris Meinen and Matthieu LeHenaff

Please visit NOAA/AOML’s Physical Oceanography Division homepage for further information:

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