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Postdoctoral Scholar: Regional Ocean modeling for marine ecosystem management applications

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar: Regional Ocean modeling for marine ecosystem management applications

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Position Description

Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Regional Ocean Modeling


About the University of Washington and CICOES:


The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the Nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. UW is in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of natural environments from mountains to ocean. The UW is a community of 80,000 students, faculty and staff including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students and faculty from over 70 countries. 


The Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) has existed since 1977 for the purpose of fostering research collaboration between UW and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CICOES’s research is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting.


Position Description:

CICOES has an outstanding two-year opportunity for a postdoctoral scholar to conduct research in regional ocean modeling for the Northeast Pacific. The position will be based at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), and will be mentored by scientists from both CICOES and NOAA PMEL. The postdoctoral scholar will conduct cutting-edge research using the Modular Ocean Model version 6 (MOM6), including biogeochemical, ice, and tidal dynamics. This work will be in support of the NOAA cross-line office Climate, Ecosystems, and Fisheries Initiative (CEFI) with an ultimate goal of assisting NOAA Fisheries management. 


Specific duties include:

  • Contribute to a regional implementation and refinement of the Modular Ocean Model version 6 (MOM6) for the Northeast Pacific domain (MOM6-NEP), spanning from Baja California to the Chukchi Sea;
  • Perform multi-decadal hindcast simulations using MOM6-NEP under historical atmospheric and oceanic forcing conditions;
  • Evaluate the hindcast results against in situ and satellite observations, identify model biases, and develop methods to reduce those biases;
  • Lead and contribute to publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, and new proposals.
  • Document progress on tasks and communicate progress regularly with other team members and leadership.


The impact of CICOES’s environmental research is felt by communities all over the world, and a broad variety of perspectives and life experiences is essential to the success of this research. We encourage candidates from groups historically and currently underrepresented in this field to apply. Please read about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here:


Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website


Required qualifications:

-A PhD in oceanography, marine science, or a closely related field.

-Expert knowledge in ocean circulation modeling on global and regional scales.

-A demonstrated ability to work with large scientific datasets.

-A demonstrated ability to clearly communicate complicated ideas through presentations and peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts.

-A strong background in at least one analytical coding language (Matlab, Python, R, etc.)

-Ability to code in FORTRAN; familiarity with compilation on linux hosts.


Desired Qualifications:

- Knowledge on marine biogeochemical processes, in particular in the Northeast Pacific.

- Demonstrated strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and effective verbal and written communication skills.

- Ability to work independently and as part of a team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds and academic levels.

- Interests in climate change science, impacts of changing ocean conditions on marine ecosystem and food web interactions, and large marine ecosystem management applications.


Please submit—through Interfolio—a cover letter describing your relevant experience and a CV.

Please include in the cover letter a brief response to the question "What does it mean for you to have a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it here?”

References will be requested for a subset of applicants.

For questions about the position duties, please reach out to Dr. Wei Cheng at For questions about applying, including potential disability accommodations, please contact Carol Pérez at or 206-543-5216


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