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Post Doctorate

Postdoctoral Positions at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. Closing date: until filled!

The Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS; http://caos.iisc.as.in) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc; https://iisc.ac.in) welcomes applications from recent PhDs in oceanography for the newly established Raman Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Candidates of all nationalities are eligible to apply. The application form, details regarding the application process, salary and qualifications can be found at https://iisc.ac.in/post-docs/. The initial appointments will be for a period of two years.

Qualifications and Experience
Ph.D. with First Class or equivalent (in terms of grades, etc.) in the preceding degree and a good academic record throughout. Candidates who are expecting to submit the Ph.D. thesis shortly may also apply but their applications will be considered only after thesis submission.  Candidates should preferably be less than 32 years of age at the time of applying.

The duration of the fellowship is two years. In exceptional cases, the duration may be extended by one more year.

Selected candidates will receive a consolidated monthly package of Rs. 1 Lakh. In addition, they will receive a research grant of Rs. 8 Lakhs per year.

Additional Information
An application for being considered for the advertised position can be made in the prescribed form (fillable pdf file).
Overseas Citizens of India (OCI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), and foreign nationals are eligible to apply.

The Institute reserves the right to screen and call only such candidates for an interview as are found suitable. Thus, just fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria would not entitle one to be selected.
The candidate is responsible for the correctness of the information provided in the application. If it is found at a later date that any information given in the application is incorrect or false, the candidature/appointment is liable to be cancelled/terminated.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the chair of their preferred department/s for additional information.

How to Apply:
Candidates must first contact a faculty member in the Institute who is willing to host the candidate. A consent letter or consent email is required from the faculty member as a part of the application package. Candidates should apply using the fillable PDF form. The following documents are required along with the application.

(A) Curriculum Vitae with a list of all publications

(B) PDF files of at least two and up to five important publications

(C) Proposed research plan (up to 500 words)

(D) Consent letter or email from faculty member. Please get in touch with the faculty member offline and obtain the consent of the faculty member for hosting you

(E) Any other relevant information the applicant may like to furnish

The filled-out PDF form must be saved as a PDF file, and a single PDF file needs to be made along with the required documents. This single PDF file must be emailed to the Registrar, Indian Institute of Science at the email address: registrar@iisc.ac.in, with a copy to the chair of the Department/Centre in which the candidate would like to work and to the faculty memberwho is willing to host the candidate.

For any further information visit this website: https://iisc.ac.in/post-docs/

Postdoctoral scientist position on trace gas chemistry, University of Miami, USA. Closing date: until filled

We are looking for a postdoctoral scientist to work on trace gas chemistry of the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere during one or more airborne research missions over the continental United States or the Western Pacific Ocean.

The scientist will become involved in all aspects of the preparation, deployment, chemical analysis, and data interpretation of trace gas measurements from high altitude research aircraft. One position is associated with the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere (www.dcotss.org) project. A second position is potentially available for similar work on a project that is still waiting on a funding decision. Both positions will involve collaboration with a large, multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

The requirements are a recent PhD in atmospheric, environmental, or chemical sciences. Experience in areas of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analyses, trace gas analysis, airborne instrumentation, and data analyses is desired. Significant time doing field work is expected.

Interested applicants should send a statement of interests and future goals, a CV and names of 3 references to: Elliot Atlas (eatlas@rsmas.miami.edu).  

The position is located at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral and Assistant Research Scientist Positions at Texas A&M University, Closing date: until filled

Postdoctoral and Assistant Research Scientist Positions at Texas A&M University

The Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM), Texas A&M University (TAMU), and the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have establish the International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction (iHESP).This laboratory will play a fundamental role in advancing Earth System science by combining the expertise of these three renowned research institutions to pursue transformational efforts in the development and application of high-resolution Earth System models for predicting climate variability at subseasonal-to-decadal time scales.

We are currently conducting a cluster-hire for up to five positions with research interests that intersect with one or more scientists within iHESP

2-3 positions for postdoctoral researcher,

1 position for an assistant research scientist in Earth system modeling and analysis

1 position for an assistant research scientist specializing in software engineering and high-performance computing

The postdoctoral researchers will be supported and managed through the iHESP main office at TAMU, College Station, Texas, but can be mentored by scientists in the partner institutions of iHESP. 

The research scientists will be on the research staff of the Department of Oceanography at Texas A & M University, but are expected to work closely with scientists at NCAR and QNLM.

Area of research: We seek candidates with strong background and training in physical oceanography, atmospheric and climate dynamics, and/or high-performance scientific computing.

Special areas of expertise include but not limited to:

  • Modeling and understanding ocean dynamical processes, including oceanic fronts, eddies, waves and mixing, and their interactions with the atmosphere
  • Subseasonal-to-decadal climate prediction and predictability studies
  • Weather and climate extreme simulations and analyses
  • High-performance scientific computing and data science with application to Earth system modeling and prediction

Appointment: The postdoc positions each will be supported for 2 years, and the assistant research scientist positions will be supported for 5 years. All positions are contingent upon funding availability and satisfactory performance.

Application Instructions: Applications must include the following:

- Cover letter containing a statement of interest in a specific position,

- Curriculum vita,

- Three references with complete contact information.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the advertisement will remain open until the positions are filled.

More detailed information about the required and preferred education and experience for the postdoctoral and assistant research scientist positions along with the electronic applications submission information can be found:

Postdoctoral positions:





Assistant research scientist in Earth system modeling and analysis:



Assistant research scientist specializing in software engineering and high-performance computing:



Information on applying for a position is also available at: http://ocean.tamu.edu/about 

Texas A&M is located in College Station, Texas, The Department of Oceanography is part of an alliance of Ocean Sciences at Texas A&M University that spans the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences Departments at TAMU Galveston, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, the International Ocean Discovery Program, and Texas Sea Grant. This alliance of Ocean Sciences represents a unique concentration of educational and research resources. The capacity is greatly enhanced by close ties to the College of Geosciences Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, and Geology & Geophysics, as well as the Berg Hughes Center, the Texas Center for Climate Studies and the International Laboratory for High-Resolution Earth System Prediction.  The Department web site http://ocean.tamu.edu contains a full description of our program. 

The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

Research/faculty positions

Lecturer in Ocean Science, University of Liverpool, UK, Closing date: 20 April 2019.

Lecturer in Ocean Science, University of Liverpool, UK

The University of Liverpool is seeking a Lecturer whose research and teaching interests in Ocean Science will build on and extend our international reputation, as well as complementing wider research across the School of Environmental Sciences and the University more broadly. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to conduct relevant and internationally leading, collaborative research. You should have an ambition to develop teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including field-based teaching and taking your research into the classroom to foster an inquiry-based approach to learning.

For further information: https://recruit.liverpool.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_details_form.jobspec?p_id=011134

Closing date: 20 April 2019.

Marine Biogeochemist - Biological or Chemical Oceanographer, Atlantic Ocean and Mainz, Germany. Closing date: until filled

The Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) seeks a:

Marine Biogeochemist - Biological or Chemical Oceanographer

to work on the newly build research sail yacht Eugen Seibold https://www.wernersiemens-stiftung.ch/en/projects/a-sailing-research-lab/

SY Eugen Seibold is a 72-foot vessel for ocean and climate research, fully equipped with state-of-the-art research technology to analyze the upper ocean and ocean-atmosphere exchange processes. The new colleague will be a member of the climate geochemistry department at MPIC, and is co-responsible for sampling and data acquisition on the Eugen Seibold.

We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with excellent research skills. Apart from pursuing her/his own research direction, the position requires a technical understanding of major systems onboard the Eugen Seibold. Good organization and communication skills are needed.

Prerequisites are a degree in marine biogeochemistry, biological or chemical oceanography, marine microbiology or in a related field, and a serious interest in sea-going expeditions. Applicants are expected to work at sea for approximately 4 months per year. The office and onshore laboratories are located at Mainz, Germany. We offer excellent research and work conditions in an international team of experts, and a longer-term professional perspective.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of female coworkers and applications by women are particularly encouraged. The Max Planck Society has set itself the objective of employing more people with disabilities. Applications from people with disabilities are expressly encouraged.

Applications are welcome until the position is filled. Please apply with a letter of intent, CV, and three referee's names to ralf.schiebel@mpic.de

Coordination positions

Executive Secretary Position at the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) - closing date: June 15, 2019

Executive Secretary of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada

The announcement is posted on the PICES Home page at: https://pices.int

The full description of the job and the application process is available at: https://meetings.pices.int/about/Job-PICES-Executive.pdf

Applications are invited for a five year appointment to the position of Executive Secretary of the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), based in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. 

PICES is an international scientific organization, established by an intergovernmental Convention in 1992 (http://www.pices.int/about/convention.aspx). 

The vision, mission, strategy and goals are outlined in the PICES Strategic Plan (https://meetings.pices.int/About/PICES-Strategic-Plan-Oct-2016.pdf).



The Executive Secretary is the Organization’s chief administrative officer and must be impartial in promoting and coordinating the interests of all Contracting Parties. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the management of the Organization’s office, staff, and budget, which is presently over CAD $2 million, including nearly CAD $800,000 contributed equally as dues by the Member States; conducts business on behalf of the Organization; arranges meetings of the Organization and its constituent bodies and committees; prepares annual budget statements, estimates and forecasts; raises funds for priority activities of the Organization; invests funds that are surplus to immediate needs; manages the Intern program; prepares annual financial statements, and other documents as required;  handles correspondence; provides secretarial services to meetings, symposia, and conferences approved by Governing Council, prepares minutes of Governing Council, Science Board, and Finance and Administration Committee; prepares an annual report of the Organization for distribution to the Member States; coordinates the Organization’s publication program; and supports the Organization’s science program. The Executive Secretary anticipates the future needs of the Organization and prepares an analysis of options for decision by Governing Council. The successful candidate must be self-motivated and be responsible for the administration and staff of the Organization, working collaboratively with the Chairman of Council, Science Board, Scientific Committees, Working Groups, and other bodies.

The Executive Secretary is aided by a Deputy Executive Secretary, a Deputy of Administration, a Database and Web Administrator, and other staff on temporary basis.

The term of office is for five years, subject to demonstrated performance during the first two years of the term (probationary period).The term of office may be renewed at the discretion of Council. The probationary period is applicable only to the first term of office.


Principal qualifications required (at a minimum, the successful applicant will have):

Citizenship: Citizenship of a PICES Member State at the time of assuming the position.

Education: A PhD in a discipline of marine or fishery science from a recognized university or demonstrated equivalent experience.

Language: Fluency in both spoken and written English, including the ability to draft English text quickly and concisely; fluency in another language of a PICES Member State would be an asset.


  • Demonstrated leadership in conducting and/or managing marine scientific research, preferably with international marine scientific programs and with marine scientists from a number of countries.  
  • Experience in or detailed knowledge of the operations of intergovernmental organizations.
  • Significant experience in the preparation of financial budgets and management of funds.
  • Significant experience in managing technical and/or administrative staff.
  • Experience in the organization of large scientific conferences or symposia.

Other skills and/or abilities:

  • Ability to work with all individuals equally and diplomatically and to deal appropriately and effectively with scientists from different countries, backgrounds and disciplines.
  • Ability to negotiate and promote consensus in complex situations requiring tact and diplomacy while recognizing cultural differences of Member States.
  • Ability to anticipate future needs of the Organization and to identify solutions, alternatives, and consequences.
  • Ability to maintain sound judgment and decision making in demanding or stressful situations
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, as needed, but at least once a year for the PICES Annual Meetings.


Application Procedure

For more information about PICES, please contact the Executive Secretary, Mr. Robin Brown (Robin.Brown@pices.int)or consult the PICES website (http://www.pices.int).

Applications should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • A brief statement written by the applicant explaining why he/she considers him/herself to be suitable for the post;
  • Copies of academic certificates or diploma;
  • At least three letters of reference from individuals with a recent knowledge of the applicant’s character, qualifications and experience. At least one reference is preferred from a country other than that of the applicant.

The applicant should indicate in their letter a suitable starting date; however, the starting date can be no later than May 1, 2020.

Applications and letters of reference must be in English and marked “Personal and Confidential”.

Applications must be transmitted electronically to Dr. Chul Park, PICES Chairman at chulpark@cnu.ac.kr, and received no later than June 15, 2019.

In-person interviews will be conducted during or just prior to the PICES Annual Meeting in October 2019, in Victoria, Canada.

Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), Closing date: 1 April 2019

Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), based in the United States.  

The candidate should either be a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa.

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is seeking its next full‐time Executive Director to carry on from the current Executive Director, Dr. Ed Urban, who will retire this fall. SCOR is an interdisciplinary committee of the International Science Council and is the leading non‐governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international ocean science activities (see www.scor‐int.org). Thirty nations currently have national SCOR committees and form SCOR’s foundation. SCOR activities include (1) working groups that address focused ocean science topics, (2) large‐scale ocean research projects, (3) a variety of infrastructural activities for ocean science, and (4) ocean science capacity building.

The duties of the SCOR Executive Director include the following:

  • Serve as the staff for the SCOR Executive Committee, SCOR Finance Committee, and SCOR Committee on Capacity Building;
  • Manage the SCOR Secretariat, raising funds from national SCOR committees, and national and international funding agencies;
  • Manage spending for SCOR activities according to the annual SCOR budget and regulations of financial sponsors;
  • Organize SCOR Annual Meetings;
  • Coordinate with national SCOR committees and partner organizations;
  • Prepare written reports for SCOR Annual Meetings and documents to publicize SCOR activities;
  • Lead outreach activities for SCOR, including preparation of tri‐annual SCOR Newsletters, Tweets, and Facebook posts, and maintenance of the SCOR Website.

Applicants should preferably have (1) a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a field of marine, Earth, or environmental sciences; (2) significant management experience in such a field; (3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English; (4) a record of successful grants; and (5) basic knowledge of accounting and financial management practices.

The new SCOR Executive Director will be based in United States; the SCOR Secretariat is currently located at the University of Delaware. The candidate should either be a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa. The position requires international travel. The starting annual salary will be competitive and will depend on qualifications, salary history, and experience of the successful applicant.

Interviews will take place at the University of Delaware during the week of 10‐14 June 2019.

A letter of application with a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be e‐ mailed no later than 1 April 2019 to the SCOR Secretary, Prof. Paul G. Myers at pmyers@ualberta.ca

Any informal queries about this post may be addressed to the SCOR President (Dr. Marie‐Alexandrine Sicre, Marie‐Alexandrine.Sicre@locean‐ipsl.upmc.fr) or SCOR Executive Director (Dr. Ed Urban, ed.urban@scor‐int.org).

The original announcement is availabe to download as pdf file here.

PhD/Masters/Student jobs

PhD position in marine biogeochemical modelling at the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL/LSCE), Gif-sur-Yvette, France, Closing date: until filled

Primary production in the subpolar North Atlantic: from historical variability to future projections

Applications are invited for a PhD position at Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (IPSL/LSCE), Gif-sur-Yvette, France. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with French-Canadian research teams and in the framework of the project “Improved accounting of the Arctic Ocean’s carbon sink through a combination of observations and model” funded by the France Canada Research Fund.

The thesis will be hosted by the French partner and will involve extended stays at the Canadian partner institution (Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada).

Rationale & Objective:
Deep winter convection is a conspicuous feature of North Atlantic subpolar gyre ocean dynamics. Deep convection injects atmosphere-born tracers (e.g. oxygen, anthropogenic tracers) to the ocean interior and mixes nutrients up to the productive surface ocean. While the link between deep convection and the ocean carbon cycle has been an area of intense research, much less attention has been paid to impacts on the regional nutrient budget and productivity. Deep winter mixing replenishes the mixed layer with nutrients and allows the development of a vigorous, diatom dominated spring bloom. Diatoms are large silicifying phytoplankton with a unique requirement of dissolved silica. They are at the base of a productive food chain with copepods as their main grazers and link to higher trophic levels. A recent study by Hatun et al. (2017, doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-14837-4) reports a decrease in mixed layer dissolved silica concentrations, a limiting nutrient for diatoms, at the onset of spring stratification across the subpolar North Atlantic. Such a reduction would have consequences on the intensity, composition and duration of the spring bloom, which will ultimately impact ecosystem productivity. Hatun et al. (2017) attributes the observed decrease in dissolved silica to natural subpolar gyre variability and, in particular, to less vigorous deep convection in the Labrador Sea. A causal link between shallower deep convection and decreases in productivity is similarly found in twenty-first century climate change projections. In a future warm climate, intensified freshwater fluxes from Greenland ice sheet melt and melting arctic sea ice are projected to increase stratification, decrease deep convection, nutrient levels in the mixed layer, and ultimately productivity. Despite the consistency of projected changes, major uncertainties still exist in particular with respect to the role of biotic processes in shaping future levels of productivity, as well as to the interaction between shallower mixed layer depths and light limitation. The interactions between natural modes of subpolar gyre variability and climate change in setting future North Atlantic nutrient and productivity levels remain open questions.

The objectives of the thesis are twofold:

1. Assess the link between natural variability of deep convection, nutrient levels and marine productivity at the scale of the subpolar North Atlantic ocean over the past 60 years;

2. Evaluate future changes in subpolar gyre dynamics and explore their impact on nutrient levels and productivity.

The candidate should have a strong interest in one or more of the following: physical and/or biogeochemical oceanography, plankton ecology and numerical modelling (Earth system/biogeochemical ocean modelling). Prior knowledge and experience in UNIX computer programming or languages such as Fortran, Python, Matlab, NCL and/or R will by an asset.

Applicants are invited to submit a letter of motivation, their CV, a description of the academic curriculum and details of two referees to:

M. Gehlen (marion.gehlen@lsce.ipsl.fr) and D. Wallace (Douglas.Wallace@Dal.Ca).

- last update November 2018 -