Postdoctoral Fellow - Physical Oceanography
- University of Rhode Island
- Location: Narragansett, Rhode Island
- Category: Admin-Other Administrative Positions
- Posting Date: 10/02/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
|Job Title||Postdoctoral Fellow - Physical Oceanography|
|Position Type||Professional Staff|
|Union||Non-Union Non-Classified Staff|
|Pay Grade Level||N/A|
|Pay Grade Range||N/A|
|Status||Calendar Year, Full-time, Non-tenure-track, Limited|
|Department||GSO Ocean Technology Center|
Please note: Job applications must be submitted directly online only at: (https://jobs.uri.edu)
|Campus Location||Narragansett Bay Campus|
|Extension Contingency Notes||
Position is full-time calendar year, limited to 08/31/2022 with anticipated renewal.
|Job Description Summary||
The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 25, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by November 22, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (November 22, 2021) may not be given full consideration.
We seek to hire a postdoc to work collaboratively with oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and at the US Naval Research Laboratory- Stennis Spaceflight Center (NRL-SSC) to improve numerical forecasting of the Gulf of Mexico and its Loop Current System.
Processes in the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current and Loop Current Eddies as they encounter bottom topography (summarized in Hamilton et al., 2016, and Donohue et al., 2016, both in Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans) drive essentially all strong subtidal current variability from sea surface to sea floor (depths 3000-4000m). Close dynamical analogies exist to atmospheric storm systems and jet stream meanders interacting with Earth’s topography.
A key gap exists in forecasting of ocean currents and thermal structure: Almost all input data for model assimilation are from near-surface measurements. This arises historically because until recently in the ocean only surface data have been available in near real time. In contrast, in the atmosphere observational profiles of temperature, density, and wind vectors are available through the full air column on a grid of sites at suitable spatial and temporal resolution.
Cost-effective ways now exist to report subsurface observations in near real time, and the methods are particularly applicable in marginal seas such as the Gulf of Mexico. Subsurface ocean data observations assimilated into predictive numerical models have the potential to fundamentally improve and extend forecasting skill for ocean currents and thermal structure.
|Duties and Responsibilities||
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop methods to use deep current and bottom pressure field observations to extend forecasts of the strong deep current systems that exist in the Gulf.
Quantify the success of forecasts against commonly-used metrics for the upper ocean and
develop new useful metrics to judge the accuracy of forecasted currents throughout the water column.
Use these metrics to test the relative contributions of surface and deep subsurface currents and
pressure data in various locations in the Gulf of Mexico toward extending ocean forecasts.
Engage with national and international investigators, and participate in conference and workshop travel.
May have opportunities for training to assist in grant writing.
Publish reports or scientific journal articles on the findings collaboratively with oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island and at the US Naval Research Laboratory – Stennis Spaceflight Center
1. PhD. in physical oceanography, or meteorology or related field, by time of appointment.
2. Demonstrated ability to conduct research and development, as indicated for example by publication of reports and in peer-reviewed journals.
3. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
4. Must be US citizen or have a green card, to have access to NRL computer systems.
5. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/ populations.
1. Experience with numerical modeling or forecasting of physical systems.
2. Experience with physical oceanography or meteorology.
3. Demonstrated experience with mesoscale/ synoptic scale processes and strong current systems
in the ocean/ atmosphere.
4. Experience with data assimilation in the ocean/ atmosphere, demonstrated through for example publications and reports.
|Special Instructions to Applicants||
Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:
(#1) Cover letter.
(#2) Curriculum vitae.
(#3) “Other Document – References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).
|Quicklink for Posting||https://jobs.uri.edu/postings/8720|