Jobs/funding opportunities

Here you can check out available open positions, funding and training opportunities.

Jobs

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Postdoc position in ocean modeling (Antarctic and Greenland margins), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA (open position until filled)

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Postdoctoral Scholar in Ocean Modeling, Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA (deadline: 11 July)

The Department of Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar to study coupled physical and biogeochemical processes along the central California coast as influenced by estuarine exchange and particularly nutrient input from anthropogenic sources. The modeling project involves implementation of a biogeochemical model within a high-resolution ocean model for the central California coast using the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) and analysis its output toward understanding the impact of local pollution inputs on coastal ocean productivity, hypoxia, and acidification.

The postdoctoral scientist will work under the supervision of Profs. Christopher Edwards (UCSC) and James McWilliams (UCLA) and will collaborate with scientists at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (www.sccwrp.org) and the San Francisco Estuary Institute (www.sfei.org). Residency in either Santa Cruz or Los Angeles is possible with the expectation of travel between the two locations.

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Postdoc Opportunity – Realising the Full Potential of the Scottish Salmon Industry (Experimental Fluid Mechanics and Model Parameterisation), University of Dundee, UK (deadline: 4 July)

This project will produce new datasets of the settling and resuspension characteristics of fish-waste deposits (un-eaten food and faeces) which gather underneath fish cages on the ocean floor. The project will use bespoke experimental facilities to investigate the dynamics of these waste deposits in the water column and how they react to turbulent forcing, and will provide parameterisations for numerical software used by environmental planning and regulation bodies in Scotland. For enquiries, please contact Alan Cuthbertson at a.j.s.cuthbertson@dundee.ac.uk.

The successful applicants will be joining the Civil Engineering Discipline at the University of Dundee, which ranks #6 in the UK and #1 in Scotland for Civil Engineering Research (REF 2014). Researchers in the Civil Engineering Discipline perform theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies in fluid dynamics, geotechnics, and sustainable infrastructure. Our research in fluid dynamics has a particular focus on fluid-structure interaction, renewable energy, sediment transport, stratified shear flows, dynamical systems, and deformable porous media.

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Postdoctoral position in large scale ocean-atmosphere interactions, Imperial College London, UK 

This post-doctoral position is part of an exciting joint proposal to study the large-scale atmospheric circulation response to the oceanic variability in the Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension (KOE) region with a team of scientists from WHOI (Young-Oh Kwon and Claude Frankignoul), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR; Gokhan Danabasoglu and Clara Deser), and Imperial College (Arnaud Czaja).

The project aims to investigate how variability in the KOE sea surface temperature (SST) front impacts individual midlatitude storms and how these changes subsequently affect the large-scale atmospheric circulation, using climate model experiments as well as statistical analyses of observational and reanalysis datasets. The successful applicant will be involved in all aspects of this research, while primarily responsible for diagnosing the atmospheric response to SST anomalies driven by the KOE front displacements in observations and reanalyses datasets.

The position is funded for 22 months of salary, ideally starting on October 1st 2021. We are planning to start reviewing the applications in July 2021.

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in physical oceanography, meteorology or air-sea interactions. This position will also require enthusiasm for collaborative work in an international team of researchers.

For further information, please contact Dr Arnaud Czaja (a.czaja@imperial.ac.uk).

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2-year Postdoc Research in Machine Learning and Climate Modeling, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA (open position until filled)

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3-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in the Next Generation Earth Modelling Systems (NextGEMS), Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK (deadline: 30 June)

The position would suit someone with a strong cloud and aerosol modelling background and interests

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Two postdoctoral positions in Physical Oceanography and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Two 24-month postdoctoral positions are offered as part of a research project on ‘Scattering of ocean surface gravity waves by submesoscale turbulence’ co-funded by NSF and NERC at the
– Scripps Institution of Oceanography, supervised by W R Young, and
– University of Edinburgh, supervised by J Vanneste.

Candidates should hold a PhD by the start date. They will have a strong background in fluid dynamics and expertise of numerical modelling, evidenced by publications. Expertise in oceanography and wave dynamics is desirable.

The start date for both positions is to be agreed, around 1 January 2022. Interested candidates should email W R Young, wryoung@ucsd.edu, for the Scripps position, J Vanneste, j.vanneste@ed.ac.uk, for the Edinburgh position, or both.

The Edinburgh position has a deadline of 25 June at 5 pm GMT; details and application form are at https://tinyurl.com/2u76rvv5

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2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Brown University, USA (open position until filled)

We are searching for a research-minded Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Brown University and the Scale Aware Sea Ice Project‘s efforts to understand polar change.

The scientist will join a growing cohort of polar oceanographers and polar scientists at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. They will focus on ocean and wave-driven mixing under sea ice – specifically coupling and running an ocean general circulation model (e.g., MITgcm/ROMS/MOM) with new discrete and continuum sea ice models.

They will be assisted by a research scientist at Brown’s Center for Computation and Visualization, a second postdoctoral researcher at Brown, and with collaborators in Norway, France, and New Zealand who have developed the core sea ice codes. The scientist will have significant leeway for scientific exploration and self-directed research, especially with collaborators within IBES and at Brown.

The position salary is $62,500 for two years, with the possibility of extension. Relocation support will be offered. The hire will have access to significant research, computing, and travel support. Hosting or traveling to research visits will be supported, though not required.

Apply at apply.interfolio.com/85983 with a CV, 1 page cover letter/research statement, and contact information for three references. All applications received before May 1 will be considered together. The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct any questions to Christopher Horvat: horvat@brown.edu

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Postdoctoral researcher on data assimilation in the California Current System, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA (open until filled)

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Postdoctoral researcher position in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, USA (start date: fall 2021 or earlier)

We are searching for a postdoctoral researcher to join us in the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College to work on the NSF-funded project “Freeze-on of Subglacial Sediments in Experiments and Theory” (2012958). This project is in collaboration with Prof. Luke Zoet (UW-Madison) and Prof. Alan Rempel (University of Oregon), with the UW-Madison contingent performing laboratory experiments and the Dartmouth/Oregon crew working on theory.

The ideal candidate will build upon their background in applied mathematics, physics, earth science, or engineering to develop new models for the behavior of frozen sediments beneath glaciers. We will compare our predictions with data from the UW-Madison laboratory experiments and use what we learn to elucidate the role of freezing sediments on sliding at the base of glaciers.

In our research group at Dartmouth and in this grant collaboration, we specifically aim to foster a broader participation of underrepresented researchers in the geophysical sciences. Our goal is to build a community that is supportive and inclusive, with individualized mentoring for each researcher to account for the unique challenges they face.

Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested or know of exceptional candidates (contact:Colin R. Meyer <Colin.R.Meyer@dartmouth.edu>). Our aim is for a fall 2021 or earlier start date.

Dartmouth College is a private, liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire which is in the bucolic Upper Valley on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont. Situated on the Connecticut River and the Appalachian Trail, there are fantastic opportunities for outdoor activities in the surrounding region including hiking, trail running, rowing, skiing, and cycling. Locally there are many trails for cross country and backcountry skiing in addition to the Dartmouth Skiway. Major ski resorts are nestled into the Green and White Mountains, about 1-2 hours afield. The Upper Valley is a collection of 6+ towns with cafes, breweries, farmer’s markets, and coop grocery stores with an artistic and inclusive community. Additionally, Hanover, NH is 2.5 hours from Boston, MA and 3.5 hours from Montreal, QC.

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4-year postdoctoral position in atmospheric science at IST Austria, Vienna, Austria (deadline: open until position is filled, flexible start date)

A 4-year postdoctoral position in atmospheric science is available at IST Austria, to work on the spatial organization of deep convective clouds in the tropics. More precisely, the goal of this 4-year project is to clarify the impact of convective organization on the hydrological cycle (mean and extreme precipitation), on the large-scale atmospheric energy budget, and on tropical cyclogenesis and rapid intensification of tropical cyclones. It is funded by the ERC, which also includes funding for the successful candidate to attend national and international conferences.

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1 project manager + 12 postdocs: Machine Learning for Ocean/Atm/Sea-ice Modeling (ongoing until all positions are filled)

1 project manager and 12 postdocs at several institutions as part of a new exciting international collaboration, M²LInES: Multiscale Machine Learning In coupled Earth System Modeling, with climate and data scientists from New York University, Princeton, GFDL, Columbia, LDEO, NCAR, MIT, CNRS-IGE, and CNRS-IPSL.

The overall goal of the project is to improve climate projections and reduce climate model biases, especially at the air-sea interface, using machine learning (ML). We will rely on data from a range of high-resolution (idealized and global) simulations and data assimilation products to deepen our understanding and improve the representation of subgrid physics in the ocean, sea-ice and atmosphere components of existing IPCC-class climate models. In addition, we will work on overcoming challenges related to ML for climate modeling including sampling efficiency, generalization, interpretability and uncertainty quantification.

This is a highly collaborative project, and the researchers are expected to interact with different groups. Visit https://m2lines.github.io/jobs/ for more info about the different positions available, and how to apply.

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Funding opportunities

Name of program  Funding agency What is funded  Who can apply Deadline 
Personal overseas grant PhD and Post Doc NFR Travel & accommodation (3-12 months) PhD/Post Doc financed by NFR open-ended
DNSZ Seed funding DNSZ Travel & accommodation to CAU/GEOMAR in Kiel PhD students June & December
IIASA Young Scientist Summer Program IIASA/NFR Travel & accommodation (3 months) PhD students January
ERASMUS+ EC Mobility within ERASMUS network PhD students variable
The Aurora and DAAD Mobility Programmes NFR Travel & accommodation to France/Germany Researchers & PhD students September
Arctic Field Grant (AFG) NFR Funding for fieldwork in Svalbard PhD & master students November
Support for events NFR Support to organise conferences, workshops and seminars Researchers & PhD students open-ended
Student Entrepreneurship NFR Support to students with business ideas which have potential to be commercialized PhD & master students March

*Programs may not have open calls every year, and deadlines may be variable. Check the website of the funding program for updated information*