Post Doctoral Scholar Coastal Ocean Modeling

The University of Washington Tacoma
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 06, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The newly founded Salish Sea Modeling Center (SSMC) at the University of Washington (UW) Tacoma, has initiated staffing actions to support a growing demand for Salish Sea basin-wide models of hydrodynamics, circulation, transport, water quality, biogeochemistry, and ecosystem (food web) for a wide variety of marine environmental applications. SSMC is part of Puget Sound Institute, housed in the Center for Urban Waters. SSMC is sponsored by UW, U. S. EPA, City of Tacoma, and Puget Sound Partnership, and charged with a mission to provide coastal ocean modeling expertise, R&D, and a high-performance computational platform for the Salish Sea community of scientists and engineers engaged in water quality management and ecosystem restoration.

Technical responsibilities will include research and development activities targeted towards improving the model performance. This may require refining and extending the existing Salish Sea Model in a variety of ways, and setting up, testing, and incorporating new modules related to (a) Hydrodynamics and Sediment Transport (b) Biogeochemistry, (c) Toxics Fate and Transport, and (c) Ecosystem Food Web Kinetics. Our primary modeling platforms are based on FVCOM and CE-QUAL-ICM models for the coastal ocean environment on high performance computing (HPC) clusters. We also have companion projects that utilize codes such as SUNTANS, ADH, ROMS, DELFT3D, WASP/TOXI, and CE-QUAL-W2 and therefore experience with one or more of these models will be beneficial.  *Familiarity of working with parallelized Fortran codes in a Linux environment, experience with installation of MPI libraries, compiling, debugging codes and, python and MATALB scripting will be a major plus.  


We invite applications from coastal ocean modeling enthusiasts for the Post-Doctoral Scholar Position. This position is ideally suited for recent Ph.Ds in oceanography, or coastal, ocean, environmental, and civil engineering fields. The selected candidate(s) will join an established Salish Sea Modeling team, participate in multi-disciplinary research and model development and diagnostic application activities related to the Salish Sea and Puget Sound ecosystem restoration and water quality management efforts in progress.  The selected candidates will support research in progress using the Salish Sea Model (SSM) (originally developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) at SSMC and will support  implementation of  new features and capabilities, improving overall predictive skill, and helping the team progress towards establishing an Operational Forecast System for the region. 

Application Instructions

This is a full-time position with a 12-month service period and begins January 4, 2021 and is funded for a 3-year duration. 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.

To apply, please submit a cover letter of interest and CV through Interfolio.

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