Postdoctoral Fellow Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms

Job Summary:

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Fort Pierce, FL is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct coupled physical-biogeochemical modeling of water quality and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Florida estuaries and coastal oceans.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a self-motivated and independent modeler with strong interest in conducting interdisciplinary work to understand water quality and ecosystem health in freshwater lake, estuaries and coastal oceans. The primary research areas will be Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary, and Caloosahatchee Estuary. These areas have experienced different types of HABs involving both freshwater and saltwater species. The main objectives of numerical modeling are to understand the controlling physical and biogeochemical processes including watershed nutrient inputs, internal nutrient cycles, and modulation by sediment diagenesis and vegetation, and ultimately to predict the algal blooms under the influences of human activity and climate change.

The position is jointly funded by NASA and HBOI Foundation including 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.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement coupled physical-biogeochemical models for studying harmful algal blooms, water quality, and carbon cycle in various freshwater lakes, estuarine and coastal regions.
  • Perform numerical simulations, analysis of the model results, and data analysis, and prepares scientific reports, presentations and/or publications.

Additional duties and responsibilities:

  • Occasionally participate and assist in field and/or lab work.

Minimum Qualifications:

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 (e.g. Fortran, Matlab, Python, Linux) required.

Significant experience in numerical modeling and familiar with at least one of the ocean models such as ROMS, POM, and FVCOM required.

Significant experience in marine interdisciplinary research such as water quality, biogeochemistry, phytoplankton blooms, and/or ecosystem dynamics required.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position Postdoctoral Fellow Water Quality and Harmful Algal Blooms on the Office of Human Resources' job website ( by completing the required online employment application and submitting the related documents. When completing the online application, please upload the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, contact information for three references and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

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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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