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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hydrodynamic/Water Quality Modeling

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Hydrodynamic/Water Quality Modeling


Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Gloucester Point, Virginia, United States


Relevant division
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Full time

Entry level


Preferred education

Application deadline
30 December 2018

30 November 2018

Job description

William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science/School of Marine Science (VIMS/SMS) invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate in hydrodynamic/water quality modeling. The position will begin in early spring 2019.

Qualifications: At the time of appointment, the successful candidate will hold an earned doctorate (Ph.D.) or equivalent in ocean sciences, environmental science, earth sciences, or a related field. Strong quantitative skills with numerical models and a broad knowledge of estuarine and coastal systems are required. Candidates must have a working knowledge of using PC or a LINUX platform and FORTRAN and MATLAB, etc. Experience with modeling hydrodynamics is required. Preference will be given to those candidates familiar with research issues within estuarine or coastal embayments and experience with EFDC/ICM/SCHISM models. The position will be located at VIMS. The position is for one year, but funding for a second year is possible.

Responsibilities: The postdoctoral research associate will work with Dr. Jian Shen, and join research projects to investigate the impact of hydrodynamics on estuarine ecosystems. The successful applicant will use numerical models and other methods to study the interactions of hydrodynamic and biological processes in the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia estuaries.

About the Virginia Institute of Marine Science: Chartered in 1940, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. VIMS has a three-part mission to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policy makers, industry, and the public. The School of Marine Science at VIMS is the graduate school in marine science for William & Mary. VIMS currently employs 52 full-time faculty members and 256 staff, and has 80 graduate students in master’s and doctoral programs. There are four academic departments at VIMS: Aquatic Health Sciences, Biological Sciences, Fisheries Science, and Physical Sciences.

Application materials for the position should include: 1) a 1-2 page statement of potential research ideas related to the impact of hydrodynamics on aquatic systems, or interactions of hydrodynamics and water quality processes; 2) a cover letter identifying availability for this position; 3) a full curriculum vitae; and 4) the names, addresses (including titles and institutions), e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of 3 professional references.

Application materials should be addressed to: Search Committee Chair, Hydrodynamic/Water Quality Modeling, and will be accepted through our On-Line Application System at For full consideration, application materials are due December 30, 2018. Applications received after date will be considered if needed.

William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.