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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Job Description

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Position Number


Position Type

Post Doc



Department ID

178601 - Marine, Earth And Atmospheric


178601 - Marine, Earth And Atmospheric

Job City & State

Raleigh, NC

Essential Job Duties

The primary purpose of this Postdoctoral Research Scholar position will be to work on a new generation of ocean models augmented with AI, as part of the NSF AI2ES program. The scientific goal of this project is to improve ocean predictions by reducing errors at the air-sea-land interface using machine learning (ML) models.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Ruoying He and his AI2ES collaborators. We are looking for candidates interested in exploring at least one of the following ideas:

  • applying AI/ML model to resolve and predict key ocean circulation processes, such as ocean eddies.
  • applying ML methods to better assess ocean observations, ocean model output, and extremes.
  • developing methodology and applications of AI/ML in ocean model data assimilation.

The position, available immediately, is a full-time appointment initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory performance and available funding.

Dr. He and the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will meet regularly to discuss research and other aspects of professional development, including, but not limited to, teaching, mentorship, outreach, service, and career plans. Also, under the guidance of Dr. He, the Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be expected to disseminate research results through presentations at meetings, prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed journal publication, and interact with other researchers and graduate students in Dr. He’s research group.

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will work in a multidisciplinary team consisting of researchers in academia, industry, and government agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties for this position include model development, refinement, and validation. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will perform simulations, data assimilation, model-data comparisons, analyses, visualizations, and data management.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The postdoc may be asked to participate in the proposal writing, guest lecturing, conference/ workshop presentation, or short research cruises for data collections.

Work Schedule

9 am - 5pm Mon-Fri, and at least 4-day per week work in the university office, while not traveling

Department Required Skills

PhD in oceanography, engineering, physics, mathematics, computer sciences or other appropriate fields no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education


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Valid NC Driver's License required?


Commercial Driver's License Required?


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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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