HBOI Postdoctoral Fellow Coupled Physical-biogeochemical Modeling of Harmful Algal Blooms

Position Summary:

Florida Atlantic University is seeking a HBOI Postdoctoral Fellow Coupled Physical-biogeochemical Modeling of Harmful Algal Blooms, Fort Pierce, FL. This position is located at FAU's Harbor Branch campus in Fort Pierce, FL.

HBOI is seeking a self-motivated candidate to conduct numerical modeling of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Florida estuaries and coastal oceans. The successful candidate will be in charge of developing, implementing, and analyzing the results of coupled physical-biogeochemical models for Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary and Caloosahatchee Estuary. The areas have experienced different types of HABs involving both freshwater species such as cyanobacteria Microcystis aeruginosa, and saltwater species such as brown-tide Aureoumbra lagunensis and red-tide Pyrodinium bahamense. The main objectives of numerical modeling are to understand the controlling physical and biogeochemical processes and ultimately to predict the blooms. Sediment diagenesis and vegetation may play important roles in some areas/cases, and larger forces include eutrophication due to increasing human activity and climate change.

This effort is also part of the HBOI Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health that involve a team of collaborators with diverse interests in remote sensing, laboratory experiments, and field observations ( The candidate should be willing to collaborate with scientists within and outside of FAU in a university culture that fosters innovation and collaboration. The initial appointment will be one year with possible renewal depending on funding availability and the performance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Marine Science, Oceanography, or closely related fields by time of application required.
  • Strong mathematical skills and significant programming experience (Fortran, Matlab, Python, Linux) required.
  • Significant experience in numerical modeling and familiar with ocean models such as ROMS, POM, and FVCOM required.
  • A strong interest in marine interdisciplinary research such as water quality, biogeochemistry, phytoplankton blooms, and ecosystem dynamics preferred.

For more information and to apply, visit and go to Apply Now (REQ07270).

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/equal access institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or other protected status. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.

FAU is committed to the principles of engaged teaching, research and service. All persons aspiring to achieve excellence in the practice of these principles are encouraged to apply.

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