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Postdoctoral Scholar in Ocean Modeling

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Ocean Modeling
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The posted UCSC salary scales set the minimum pay based on the individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See the salary scale titled, Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee /Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow / Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct -Fiscal Year. A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 - $66,909.
Percent time: Full-time (100%)
Anticipated start: As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Ph.D. must be in hand at time of the initial appointment.
Position duration: Maximum Duration of Service in a Postdoctoral Title Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of two years, with the possibility of reappointment. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution.

Application Window

Open date: March 21, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Apr 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 20, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Professor Christopher Edwards in the Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz invites applications for two postdoctoral scholar positions to investigate coupled physical and biogeochemical processes in the ocean using numerical models. One project focuses on ocean/estuarine exchange at the mouth of San Francisco Bay and the degree to which anthropogenic nutrient sources influence the coastal ecosystem (e.g., through changes to productivity, hypoxia, or the phytoplankton community). A second project investigates plankton biodiversity in the California Current System and possibly other regions through both forward and data assimilative models that are constrained by observed and statistically derived biological data. Both projects use the Regional Ocean Modeling System as the primary numerical model, and both are collaborative, with project partners at UCLA, MIT, and other institutions.

The postdoctoral scholar will work within the Ocean Modeling Group at UCSC and will be expected to lead their aspect of a project while simultaneously working as part of a team. Strong quantitative skills and experience with numerical models and scientific programming are advantageous, particularly with Fortran and either Matlab, Python, or Julia. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are helpful.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in an area of ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences, applied mathematics or a related field. Degree must be in hand at the time of initial appointment.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., which must include a list of publications and three professional references along with their contact information. The search committee will contact the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration.

  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that summarizes your research exerience, qualifications, and interest as it relates to the position.

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Santa Cruz, California