Postdoctoral Fellowship: Ice-Hydrodynamic Modeling

University of Michigan, Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
$50,000-$54,000 per year + benefits
May 21, 2019
Jun 20, 2019
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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Ice-Hydrodynamic Modeling
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
School for Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to lead research that advances understanding of ice-hydrodynamic coupled systems in the Great Lakes and the Arctic Ocean by utilizing state-of-art numerical geophysical models. The natural systems involving sea ice and lake ice are highly complex and there are many aspects that are not yet well understood. In order to advance understanding of these systems and improve the model predictions of weather and climate, the fellow is expected to form relevant research hypotheses and test them using the existing ice-ocean/lake models based on the Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) and the Princeton Ocean Model (POM). The majority of work will involve conducting ice-hydrodynamic simulations for the Great Lakes and Arctic Ocean using the two models and verify the simulation results by comparing with in situ and satellite observations, as well as other model outputs such as those from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP). The postdoctoral scholar will work with a team of ice-hydrodynamic modelers at CIGLR, and in collaboration with modeling teams at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and University of Michigan. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, report findings to internal and external audiences in reports and presentations, and lead publications in scientific journals.

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 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 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.


This position requires a Ph.D. in the natural sciences or engineering and a solid record of scholarship. Additional requirements include experience with running an ocean model, such as FVCOM and POM, and experience with handling various data formats for geophysical gridded data such as NetCDF and Grib2. Preference will be given to a candidate who has experience with modeling of sea ice or lake ice. 

Applications are due by July 5, 2019.

The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory/ Affirmative Action Employer.
Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.