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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Great Lakes Basin Regional Climate Modeling

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Great Lakes Basin Regional Climate Modeling
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan

Job Summary

A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR,  The successful candidate will work with the climate modeling team at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) to improve our ability to simulate climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. In particular, the candidate will work on the Great Lakes Earth System Model (GLESM) project to use the climate model outputs from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory to drive the Great Lakes coupled ice-lake model (FVCOM_ice model). The postdoc will be expected to maintain a strong record of scholarly publication, and also of presentation at scientific conferences and public meetings.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR’s mission is to lead research, develop applications and products, and engage with stakeholders to achieve environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Great Lakes. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The fellow will spend the majority of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor (with current accommodations for the coronavirus pandemic) and work in close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan.

The University of Michigan is consistently ranked among the top American public research universities, and Ann Arbor is routinely ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. due to its affordability, natural beauty, preservation of wooded areas, vibrant arts program, and lively downtown.

This position offers a highly competitive salary plus benefits. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for extension based on performance, need, and availability of funds.

Required qualifications

A Ph.D. in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences or a similar field, with a strong background in ocean or/and ice modeling is required. Familiarity with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software is also necessary. Experience with running simulations on supercomputer or cluster computing environment is preferred. Strong communication skills are needed, and a demonstrated ability to work both as a team and independently, as well as lead the development of manuscripts for refereed journal publication.

Desired qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates that have strong experience with an ocean model(s) such as FVCOM, POM, ROMS, MITgcm, or any other ocean model. Preference will also be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to analyze data and publish results in a timely manner.


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The application deadline is July 18, 2021.

Applicants should prepare the following materials:
• Cover letter describing your qualifications related to the position and research accomplishments
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information for three professional references
• Two representative publications

Please contact Mary Ogdahl at with inquiries regarding this position or if further information is needed.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.