Post Doctoral Associate – Coastal Ocean Modeling at U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Specializing in Coastal Ocean Modeling for
Climate Change, Sea level Rise, and Ocean Biogeochemistry research
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
(U.S. Department of Energy)
Marine Sciences Laboratory / Coastal Sciences Division
1100 Dexter Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98109

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – Marine Sciences Laboratory conducts research towards achieving sustainable energy from the oceans, guide adaptation to climate change and population growth in coastal zones, and ensure the security of our coastal and marine lifelines. Our core research focus areas are (a) Integrated coastal modeling, (b) Marine biogeochemistry, (c) Ecosystems science, (d) Aquatic toxicology, (e) Marine biotechnology, (f) Marine policy, (g) Sensing systems engineering, (h) Scientific research dive team, and (i) In-water science and engineering support. (

PNNL – Marine Sciences Laboratory invites

applications from recent oceanography and/or coastal, environmental, and civil engineering graduates specializing in coastal hydrodynamics, biogeochemical modeling, and sediment/contaminant fate and transport. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to participate in broad research activities which include physical, chemical, and biological behavior of fresh- and salt-water systems coupled to landscapes, atmospheric processes, and human systems. We have numerous multi-disciplinary model development activities in progress related to climate change impacts and adaptation, sustainable environment and human perturbations, sea level rise impacts to water quality, storm surge, wave propagation, flooding vulnerability, and extraction of renewable energy from the oceans.

The selected candidate will join a well-established group of coastal ocean modelers in our Seattle office. In collaboration with Washington State Department of Ecology and U.S. EPA, PNNL has developed a 3-D finite volume hydrodynamic and transport model for the Salish Sea using FVCOM code. The Salish Sea Model is currently being used by agencies in connection with nutrient pollution management, and assessment of future impacts related to sea level rise, climate change, and ocean acidification. ( Position responsibilities will include improving and extending the existing Salish Sea Model and setting up, testing, and incorporating new modules related to carbon chemistry, particulate transport, and biogeochemical processes into the model code. Our primary modeling platforms are based on FVCOM and CE-QUAL-ICM for the coastal ocean environment. We however also have companion projects that utilize codes such as SUNTANS, ROMS, DELFT3D, and CE-QUAL-W2. Successful candidate must have an interest in simulation of carbon cycle and future climate scenarios and demonstrate prior experience in conducting oceanographic modeling based research using one or more of the leading state of the art 3-D ocean modeling codes. Experience and familiarity with global ocean models such as MPAS-Ocean and HYCOM models will be a plus.

The initial appointment is for a two-year period with potential for promotion to permanent staff position contingent on (a) performance and (b) availability of funding and backlog. Applicants should apply online (a letter of interest and resume with a list of three references) through the following link.
Job Opening ID: 305419
Posting Title: Post Doc Research Associate – Coastal Ocean Modeling
Preferred Start Date – Summer/Fall of 2016.

Or post-doc-research-associate- coastal-ocean-modeling/ F26DFAECB2F94335A5E4293841C5E7 AE/job/

Using mathematical modelling to combat invasive weeds (UNSW/Monash University)

Project Title: Fine-scale canopy turbulence models of seed dispersal

Supervisors: A/Prof Jason Sharples (UNSW), Dr John Taylor (UNSW), Dr Joslin Moore (Monash)

Scholarship details: The University of New South Wales (UNSW Canberra) is offering a top-up of $5,000 per annum over three years for PhD candidates in receipt of a Tuition Fee Remission (TFR) Scholarship. The top-up will allow the successful candidate to work with researchers in leading Universities in Australia and the United States. In particular, the scholarship offers a number of unique career development opportunities. These include: a period of travel to the United States to work with leading researchers in the field of turbulence modelling and seed dispersal; experience with field work and real-world application of mathematical modelling; and engagement with industry representatives.

PhD project description:

Invasive plant species are a significant environmental problem that costs the Australian economy $100 million each year.  To effectively manage invasive plants, land managers need to understand how populations spread across the landscape; and while we know that species spread is determined by long distance dispersal events, we currently cannot predict where in the landscape these events will occur.

This problem is being addressed in research funded by the Australian Research Council’s Industry Linkage Scheme under the project entitled ‘New multi-scale seed dispersal models for improved regional weed management’. This project is a collaboration between Monash University, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Canberra and a host of environmental and land management agencies.

A key part of the project is to determine how long distance dispersal depends on seeds being able to escape the plant canopy so that they can be carried by the wind. This seed escape is difficult to predict because it depends on the structure of the canopy, the characteristics of the wind and the aerodynamics of the seed. Variations in topography add an additional layer of complexity to the problem.

To help tackle this problem we are looking for a PhD candidate with a strong background in mathematics, physics or the atmospheric sciences. The candidate will develop and test canopy turbulence models that combine coupled Eulerian-Lagrangian closure models (CELC) and Large Eddy Simulations. These models will down-scale mean wind predictions from weather models to provide improved predictions of seed escape and a better understanding of this process on broad-scale seed dispersal. The numerical modelling will be combined with real measurements of wind across the landscape obtained through field surveys.

The project provides a substantial top-up scholarship and a number of unique career development opportunities. These include: a period of travel to the United States to work with leading researchers in the field of turbulence modelling and seed dispersal; experience with field work and real-world implementation of mathematical modelling; and engagement with industry representatives.

For more information contact:

A/Prof. Jason Sharples

School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences

UNSW Canberra


(P) +61 (2) 6268 9466


Open post doc positions at KIT Campus Alpin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen







The Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of the Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology (KIT, IMK-IFU) offers positions for two postdocs
(m/f) in



to strengthen the WASCAL team at the KIT Campus-Alpin in

Within the framework of the international project WASCAL (
[1]) funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the
impact of climate- and land surface changes on hydrology, agriculture,
biodiversity, and the livelihood of the population in West Africa is
investigated. For this purpose, regional climate models and coupled
modelling systems were developed and applied for high-resolution
regional climate simulations and for the investigation of
land-atmosphere interactions. A comprehensive observational network,
consisting of automatic weather stations and state-of-the-art turbulent
flux measurement towers were installed in southern Burkina Faso and
northern Ghana. We are now seeking two motivated postdocs to join our
team for the analysis and dissemination of the high-resolution regional
climate simulation data and of the observational data collected in the
region, as well as for the maintenance of our network of stations in the
field. This research is performed in close cooperation with several
universities and major research institutions in Germany, the Competence
Centre of WASCAL in Ouagadougou and further local and trans-national
partners in West Africa.

The Campus Alpin of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate research at
KIT is located in the scenic environment of the Bavarian Alps in
immediate vicinity of Germanyâs highest mountain, one hour south of
Munich. In addition to an attractive work environment, both positions
offer the chance to visit West Africa to work with local scientists and
technicians, the ability to shape the future of WASCAL by contributing
to the next research agenda, and a sound perspective for continuation.


The successful application will hold an excellent master and PhD degree
in meteorology, hydrology, physics, mathematics, environmental science,
environmental engineering or related subjects. Comprehensive knowledge
in the application of regional climate models (e.g. WRF, CCLM or RegCM4)
and in the statistical and graphical analysis of model data is
essential. Extensive skills in PYTHON, shell scripting, statistical
analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB, R), common data formats (netCDF, grib) and
applications (NCO, CDO) in this context are expected. Proven experience
in big data analysis and process automatization are a must. Fitness for
the tropics, the ability to travel to and work in West Africa, a strong
team spirit and perfect communication skills in English are required.
Fluency in French is considered as an asset.


The successful applicant will hold an excellent master and PhD degree in
meteorology, hydrology, physics, geo-ecology, environmental science,
environmental engineering, geography or related subjects. Extensive
knowledge of state-of-the-art measurement techniques in meteorology or
hydrology and the analysis of observational data is expected. Sound
experience in the installation and maintenance of meteorological
stations, in Eddy-Covariance flux measurement techniques and in the
development of operational systems for climate or hydrological
monitoring are beneficial. Experience in PYTHON, shell scripting,
statistical analysis tools (e.g. MATLAB or R) are required. Fitness for
the tropics, the ability to travel to and work in West Africa, a strong
team spirit and organisational talent, and perfect communication skills
in English are required. Fluency in French is considered as an asset.

The positions remain open until suitable candidates have been selected.
KIT/IMK-IFU strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of
employment. We therefore particularly encourage female candidates to
apply for this position. With appropriate qualifications, applications
from handicapped persons will be treated with preference.


Please send your application by email to:

Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Campus Alpin

Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU)

KreuzeckbahnstraÃe 19, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Phone: +49-8821-183208 Email: harald.kunstmann
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(Post-Doctoral) Research Fellow in Lake Remote Sensing and Modelling, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Environmental Research Institute Faculty of Science and Engineering (Fixed-term for two years)

The Environmental Research Institute at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, is seeking a (Post-doctoral) Research Fellow who is experienced in application of models to aquatic systems and who can lead a team involved in research into lake water quality. The successful person will be expected to manage a number of model applications to lakes in the Waikato region of New Zealand and to further our expertise in satellite- and drone-based remote sensing through ground truthing and algorithm development. Our research programme includes study sites in different New Zealand lakes, including lakes in the Rotorua region and in the Waikato basin.

You will have a Ph.D. in a relevant area of water research including familiarity with the application of models for water quality prediction. Related experience could include data analysis techniques, aquatic field or lab studies, computer programming or remote sensing. Familiarity with coupled hydrodynamic-ecological models would be valuable.

Established ability to carry out applied research relevant to needs of end users, e.g. regional councils, iwi, is essential.

Closing date: the position will remain open until filled.

Preferred start date April 2016 Vacancy number: 360122 For more information and to apply, visit is advertising for a 2-year post-doc.

The ad and application submission is at (look for Ref 360122): vacancies/current.shtml

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Marine Institute Job Advert: Ocean Modeller

Below are details regarding an open position for an Oceanographic modeller within the Marine Institute. It is a 2 year position and deadline for applications is 12.00 on Thursday 21st April. A detailed job description for this position can be downloaded here and application information can be found here.

Team Lead – Copernicus Marine Forecasting, Marine Institute, Ireland
This interesting opportunity for an Oceanographic Modeller within the Marine Institute’s Oceanographic Services team will deliver modelling products for the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) as well as data collation, analysis and reporting for the Atlantic Basin Checkpoints project.

We would like to hear from individuals with previous experience in running and maintaining numerical hydrodynamic and biogeochemical models, with specific experience of NEMO and PISCES models being particularly relevant.
You will have a third level degree in Physical/ Biological Oceanography or a related discipline. Your advanced I.T. skills will include experience working in a Linux environment and a background using Fortran programming and scripting languages (e.g. Matlab, Python or similar), while working with large volumes of observational and model oceanographic data.

Best wishes,


Dr Eleanor O’Rourke
Oceanographic Services Manager
Ocean Sciences & Information Services
Marine Institute
Co. Galway.

Tel: +353 (0) 91 387 496
Mob: +353 (0) 87 3625399
Email: eleanor.orourke

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Inaugural Rollie Lamberson Medal winners announced at 2016 Conference

Lamberson Medal

At the 2016 Conference Banquet held at Maswick Lodge in Grand Canyon National Park, Rollie Lamberson presented the medal named in his honour, to three deserving recipients for the most outstanding papers in natural resource modeling published in the previous two years.

Winners of the 2016 Lamberson Medal for best papers in resource modeling published in the previous two years –

 Nina Sidneva (Starbucks) & Eric Zivot (Univ. Washington)
Version of Record online: 8 AUG 2014


Encarna  Esteban (Univ. Zaragoza, Spain)
(2016),  Natural Resource Modeling, 29: 98–129. doi: 10.1111/nrm.12082

This prestigious award celebrates the contribution of Professor Emeritus Rollie Lamberson to the field of natural resource modeling and the growth of the Resource Modeling Association .


Eligibility requires that at least one co-author among the recipients is a current RMA member.