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Biophysical Modeling Analyst — University of Michigan, CIGLR

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Biophysical Modeling Analyst — University of Michigan, CIGLR

We are seeking an individual to join our ecological and physical modeling teams at the University of Michigan's Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (NOAA GLERL). Under the direction of project principal investigators, the Biophysical Modeling Analyst will work collaboratively with CIGLR and NOAA GLERL scientists to:

  • Develop experimental ecological forecasts linked to the hydrodynamic models of the Great Lakes Operational Forecast System.
  • Evaluate model performance through statistical comparison of modeled and observed water quality, biological, and physical variables.
  • These models simulate ecological and limnological processes within the Great Lakes including water quality, harmful algal blooms, and biogeochemical processes, among others.
  • This position can be filled at the Research Laboratory Specialist Associate or Intermediate level depending on experience.

This position is open only to US Citizens or permanent residents due to federal security clearance required for access to NOAA GLERL facilities and resources.


  • A bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or related field. A master's degree is preferred.
  • At least one (1) year professional or academic experience processing, analyzing, and visualizing ecological and/or oceanographic datasets.
  • Experience working with coupled hydrodynamic and ecological models for lakes or oceans is preferred.
  • Experience using programming languages (e.g., R or Python) to perform data manipulation, execute statistical analyses, and generate figures, including geographical data.
  • Experience in an academic research and/or professional setting working with code and/or output for geophysical fluid dynamic (lake, ocean, atmosphere) or aquatic ecological models.
  • Familiarity with hydrodynamic/ocean modeling frameworks such as FVCOM is preferred.
  • Experience recording scholarly productivity commensurate with career stage, including co-authorship on peer-reviewed manuscripts is preferred.
  • Experience running mechanistic ecological models using a high-performance computing system is preferred.

Salary Range: $50,000 - $67,000. Salary will be determined based on experience and level.