Position: Full-Time

Salary: $67,000 annually plus benefits

Start date: January 2024

Spatio-temporal observations of wind over the ocean are crucial to improving our physical understanding of air-sea interaction processes, and in turn, Earth’s weather and climate. However, beyond observational technological challenges, specifically collecting high-resolution orbital or suborbital spatial observations, central questions about the interpretation of these measurements still exist, in particular to address mesoscale and submesoscale variability and the active coupling between the winds, waves and currents.

Luc Lenain (SIO/UCSD), Mara Freilich (Brown) and Nick Pizzo (URI) are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research associate with a background in atmospheric sciences, physical oceanography, or a related field. The postdoc will be funded through the NASA Ocean Vector Wind Science Team (OVWST) program and S-MODE, a project that aims to characterize the contribution of submesoscale ocean dynamics to vertical and horizontal transport in the upper ocean by employing a combination of aircraft-based remote sensing measurements of the ocean surface, in-situ measurements from research vessels and a variety of autonomous oceanographic platforms, and numerical modeling.

The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with Lenain, Freilich, and Pizzo on the analysis of submesoscale ocean dynamics and air-sea interaction processes, using a combination of S-MODE observations, theory, and numerical simulations. The postdoctoral scholar will be primarily based at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, with extended stays expected at Brown and University of Rhode Island.

The postdoctoral scholar will benefit from professional development opportunities including mentorship by the project collaborators and resources available at UC San Diego such as those through the Office of Postdoctoral Scholar Affairs, Scripps Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion office, and the Teaching and Learning Commons.

Qualifications include: a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, physical oceanography, or a related field, completed prior to postdoctoral appointment start date; strong quantitative skills and experience with data analysis or mathematical modeling; strong writing skills and experience with submission of manuscripts to academic journals; demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively as part of a research team and independently.

Two-year initial postdoc appointment.

Toapply, please send the following by email (llenain@ucsd.edu, mara_freilich@brown.edu, npizzo@ucsd.edu)

  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of research interests and experience
  • contact information for three references

For full consideration, materials should be received by October 15, 2023.