Jobs/funding opportunities

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Research Associate in project on the Stochastic Parameterization of Ocean Turbulence for Observational Networks (SPOT-ON), Imperial College London, UK (deadline: 13 November 2022)


3 post-doctoral positions in Physical Oceanography, USA (deadline: 15 November 2022)

As part of a joint effort, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), the University of Michigan (U-M), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invite qualified applicants for three full-time post-doctoral positions in Physical Oceanography to begin as soon as possible, preferably in late Fall 2022. The successful candidates will work on a three-year National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) project comprising two collaborative proposals 1) “Diagnosis and Validation of the Time and Spatial Variability of Remotely Generated Internal Waves in Global Ocean Simulations”, and 2) “A Distributed Network of Internal Wave Resolving Moored Arrays for Assessing Tide-Resolving Model Fields and Improving Forecasts in the Coastal Ocean”. This project is a collaboration between USM, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), U-M, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Scripps Oceanographic Institution (SIO), and JPL. While near-field internal waves are reasonably well measured and simulated, our knowledge of far-field internal waves is lacking. In this project, an Internal Wave Resolving (IWR) Array will be deployed off the US West Coast coinciding with the swaths of the fast sampling and science orbit phases of the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. The IWR and SWOT data will be used to validate global ocean simulations and improve our understanding of internal wave processes. The generation, propagation, and dissipation of remote internal waves is relevant for predicting coastal processes in regional simulations, the de-tiding of SWOT measurements, ocean acoustics, and water-mass mixing, which impacts ocean circulation and ultimately the Earth’s climate. The candidates will work within a dynamic team that has a full spectrum of expertise in high-resolution modelling and data assimilation, in-situ observations, satellite remote sensing (SWOT), and theory.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in physical oceanography or a similar field. Applicants must also have a publication record that illustrates the ability to conduct and communicate independent research as well as experience and proficiency in diagnosing ocean model data, observational data, coding, time series analysis, and internal wave processes.

The focus of the USM postdoc is to help design the configuration of the IWR array and diagnose and validate the generation, propagation, and dissipation of remote internal waves in global operational HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) simulations against the IWR Array (proposal 1). For more information email Maarten Buijsman <> and apply here (reqID 2981).

The focus of the U-M postdoc is to compare operational HYCOM to SWOT observations, work on the assimilation of SWOT data into operational HYCOM, and evaluate whether SWOT assimilation improves the comparison of operational HYCOM to the IWR array (proposal 1). For more information email Brian Arbic

The focus of the JPL postdoc is to study internal tide/wave and/or wave-eddy interaction through analyzing the in-situ observations collected by the IWR CPIES array and the SWOT postlaunch in-situ field campaign to be conducted during the spring of 2023, as well as future SWOT measurements. For more information email Jinbo Wang <> and apply here–Internal-Waves-from-in-situ-and-SWOT-measurements_R3030. Applicants are advised to apply via email or the provided link to the position(s) they are interested in.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oceanographic & Atmospheric Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, USA (deadline: 15 November 2022)

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the inaugural Dr. George S. Benton Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oceanographic & Atmospheric Sciences.  The duration of the Fellowship is one year with an anticipated extension for a second year. 

We seek outstanding individuals with a recent Ph.D. in oceanographic sciences, atmospheric sciences, or a related field with strong links to departmental research interests.  Candidates for the Fellowship should be engaged in research on the science of climate change, with an emphasis on process-based understanding of the climate system, in particular the ocean and atmosphere. Research relevant to problems of anthropogenic change and/or that deploys interdisciplinary approaches is particularly welcome. Consideration of applications will begin on November 15, 2022.  Applicants should contact faculty with whom they are interested in working before applying. 

The full announcement can be found here:


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oceanography, Brown University, USA (deadline: 1 December 2022)

The Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University ( invites applications for our Doherty Postdoctoral Fellowship in Oceanography. This position stimulates research on the role of the ocean in the climate system and the impacts of climatic change on the ocean. We seek qualified applicants investigating oceanographic processes at any timescale, from geological to the future. Successful applicants will conduct independent research in association with one or more faculty in the University.  Communication with potential Brown advisors prior to submitting an application is therefore required, and the potential for collaboration will be considered in selection for the award. More information about faculty research programs in ocean science at Brown can be found here.

This two-year position is open to recent doctorates in any relevant field of study, including oceanic and atmospheric sciences, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and engineering. A doctoral degree is required at the time of appointment.  Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2022 and we anticipate the position will begin on July 1, 2023. To apply, applicants should upload a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a 2-page statement of research interests here (


Baylor Fox-Kemper
Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Brown University,


Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is accepting applications for several Postdoctoral Scholarships (18 months). We wish to emphasize that we are interested in receiving submissions from applicants of diverse research backgrounds. Candidates will be chosen based on the merit of the research proposed in their application’s research statement. Criteria for awards include demonstrated research independence, productivity and novelty, and community service including contributions to making science and engineering more diverse, equitable and welcoming.

Additional information and application forms can be found at:

Application deadline: 15 October 2022


Dear Colleagues,

We are re-opening the below postdoctoral position, and would appreciate your distributing the information to any appropriate candidates.

Postdoctoral Associate: Tracing the physics of submesoscale entrainment and subduction

The University of Maryland Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study entrainment and subduction between the ocean surface boundary layer and interior. The postdoc will develop theory and run Large-Eddy-Simulations (LES) to determine how tracer exchanges are modified by the interaction between submesoscales, Langmuir circulations, and turbulence.  A background in physical oceanography is required, with preference given to candidates with strong experience in ocean dynamics and numerical modeling. The position will be located at the University of Maryland, College Park, working with Dr. Jacob Wenegrat, with significant opportunities for close collaboration with Dr. Baylor Fox-Kemper (Brown), Dr. Jay Brett (JHU-APL), and other project team members.

This is a 3-year postdoctoral position, and review of applications will begin immediately. More information about the position can be found at: and

Thanks very much,

Jacob Wenegrat
Assistant Professor
Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
University of Maryland, College Park |


Dear colleague,

There is an open position for a PostDoc at the University of Bergen within the Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) career and mobility fellowship programme at the University of Bergen. SEAS is funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

This interdisciplinary position is connected to the research groups on physical oceanography and meteorology at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Norway. The position offers the possibility to do research on air-sea-interaction processes influencing the Nordic Seas’ ocean circulation and hydrography, combining state-of-the-art observation technology and models.

Please follow the link below for more information about the position and about the application procedure:

Application deadline 31. October 2022.

The application process is a bit more involved, please see the link above for more details.

Best wishes,


Prof. Dr. Thomas Spengler
Geophysical Institute
University of Bergen
Postboks 7803
5020 Bergen
Phone: + 47 55 58 98 46
Mobile: + 47 93 81 67 24
Fax: + 47 55 58 98 83


Postdoc position in physical oceanography, University of California, Irvine, USA (deadline: 30 September 2022)

The Coastal Dynamics Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher in physical oceanography as part of an Office of Naval Research (ONR) funded study of the dynamics of refraction and reflection of nonlinear internal waves (NLIWs). The postdoc will use numerical modeling along with existing observational data to examine the dynamics of NLIW interactions with steep topography.

The successful candidate will work directly with Dr. Kristen Davis at UC Irvine and a team of collaborators from Stanford University (Dr. Oliver Fringer,  Dr. Justin Rogers) and UC San Diego (Dr. Geno Pawlak).   Ideally, the candidate will have a working knowledge of physical oceanography (specifically internal wave dynamics) and ocean modeling, although candidates with similar skills will be considered. The position will include a competitive salary and a full benefits package (including an allowance for relocation).

Further details and links to application in the attached description and here:

Please contact Kristen Davis at with any questions.


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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
Fulbrightstipendet US-Norway Fulbright Foundation Funding for research mobility to the USA PhD & master students (only for Norwegian citizens) October
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*