Job: Postdoctoral research Associate – Coastal Ocean Modeling for Climate Change, Sea level Rise, and Ocean Biogeochemistry, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Deadline for applications: 14 May 2016!

PNNL – Marine Sciences Laboratory invites applications from recent oceanography and/or coastal, environmental, and civil engineering graduates specializing in coastal hydrodynamics, biogeochemical modeling, and sediment/contaminant fate and transport. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to participate in broad research activities which include physical, chemical, and biological behavior of fresh- and salt-water systems coupled to landscapes, atmospheric processes, and human systems. We have numerous multi-disciplinary model development activities in progress related to climate change impacts and adaptation, sustainable environment and human perturbations, sea level rise impacts to water quality, storm surge, wave propagation, flooding vulnerability, and extraction of renewable energy from the oceans.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D in coastal, environmental, civil, oceanography and engineering specializing in coastal hydrodynamic, sediment transport, and biogeochemical modeling and analysis
  • 3.75 GPA or higher is preferred

The selected candidate will join a well-established group of coastal ocean modelers in our Seattle office. In collaboration with Washington State Department of Ecology and U.S. EPA, PNNL has developed a 3-D finite volume hydrodynamic and transport model for the Salish Sea using FVCOM code. The Salish Sea Model is currently being used by agencies in connection with nutrient pollution management, and assessment of future impacts related to sea level rise, climate change, and ocean acidification. ( Position responsibilities will include improving and extending the existing Salish Sea Model and setting up, testing, and incorporating new modules related to carbon chemistry, particulate transport, and biogeochemical processes into the model code. Our primary modeling platforms are based on FVCOM and CE-QUAL-ICM for the coastal ocean environment. We however also have companion projects that utilize codes such as SUNTANS, ROMS, DELFT3D, and CE-QUAL-W2. Successful candidate must have an interest in simulation of carbon cycle and future climate scenarios and demonstrate prior experience in conducting oceanographic modeling based research using one or more of the leading state of the art 3-D ocean modeling codes. Experience and familiarity with global ocean models such as MPAS-Ocean and HYCOM models will be a plus.

The initial appointment is for a two-year period with potential for promotion to permanent staff position contingent on (a) performance and (b) availability of funding and backlog. Applicants should apply online (a letter of interest and resume with a list of three references) through the following link:

Contact person:

Tarang Khangaonkar, Ph.D., P.E.
Manager – Coastal Ocean Modeling Program , MSL Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1100 Dexter Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98109


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