Assistant Research Scientist in Hydrodynamics

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

Job posting number: #7117241

Posted: December 3, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) is seeking a full-time Assistant Research Scientist in Hydrodynamic in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) and the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). You will lead CIGLR’s portfolio of research in hydrodynamics of the Great Lakes. This position is essential to our core areas of research including forecasts of harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, and floods; models of transport of oil and other pollutants; models of key ecological processes such as eutrophication and transport of commercially important and invasive species; short-term predictions of water level fluctuations; ice forecasts that inform the shipping industry and thus support the “blue economy”; and predicting how climate change will affect the thermal structure and circulation of the lakes. We are particularly interested in candidates who can lead the development of coastal coupling between hydrodynamic and hydrologic models, to eliminate coastal “blind spots'' and improve our ability to predict coastal flooding.

Your appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR is a partnership between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing Great Lakes environmental challenges. You will spend the majority of your time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor and will collaborate closely with colleagues at CIGLR, GLERL, and SEAS and other Great Lakes partners. CIGLR Research Scientists serve as principal investigators and work closely with GLERL investigators to develop new NOAA-supported research projects, oversee execution of ongoing projects at the Institute, and secure project funding from other external sponsors. This position is open only to US Citizens or permanent residents due to federal security clearance required for access to NOAA GLERL facilities and resources.

The position comes with a guarantee of full-funding for the initial appointment of three years. After three years, the position will be primarily supported by projects co-developed with NOAA GLERL, our main sponsor.

Hybrid and flexible work agreements may be made to allow for partial off-site work at a remote location.

Mission Statement

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) overarching mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve natural resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis. To learn more about the SEAS’s mission and activities, please visit

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.

SEAS and CIGLR are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communication, discourages and genuinely respond to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

Generous time off

A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

Life insurance

Long-term disability coverage

Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Required Qualifications*

Candidates must have a PhD in physical oceanography, limnology, or related fields. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong record of publication, including first-author publications. Candidates should also have the following:

Experience with 3D hydrodynamic modeling using state-of-the-art ocean ocean models (FVCOM, ROMS, SCHISM or similar), analyzing oceanographic datasets, and model skill assessment.

Experience with high performance computing systems (e.g., shell scripting, programming) and proficiency in FORTRAN, Python, R, or similar programming language.

Experience linking multiple model components, such as linking a hydrodynamic model with a hydrological or wave model.

Ability to effectively collaborate with diverse experts at CIGLR, SEAS, GLERL, and other partner agencies/institutions/organizations.

Ability to effectively communicate, supervise and mentor employees and students, and provide scientific leadership of an interdisciplinary team.

US citizenship or permanent residency

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