Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ocean Biogeochemical Modeling

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program at Princeton University, in association with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), seeks postdoctoral research associate to work in the area of ocean and benthic biogeochemical modeling and marine carbon dioxide removal (mCDR).

The seafloor serves as the only long-term storage of oceanic carbon, and consideration of the exchanges between the water column and benthic sediments is a major knowledge gap in understanding carbon cycling near coasts and continental shelves, as well as the durability of proposed mCDR solutions. This work will be conducted as part of a large and exciting collaboration with researchers at Northeastern University, University of Maryland, University of Maine, Rutgers University, and University of Connecticut, and will focus on the role of benthic biogeochemical cycles and benthic food web on two mCDR strategies: kelp aquaculture and cessation of trawling. Work will consist of the development of a simple benthic biogeochemical model that can be coupled to the GFDL Carbon, Ocean Biogeochemistry, and Lower Trophics (COBALT) model, and experiments in a range of domains (1-dimensional to global) assessing the benthic-pelagic coupling on the ocean carbon cycle. The incumbent will work with an active group at Princeton and GFDL studying the connections between biogeochemistry, ecosystems, and climate (

A Ph.D. is required in either oceanography, biogeochemistry, computational earth system science, or related field. Candidates with interest in or experience in ocean biogeochemical modeling, particularly model development, are especially encouraged to apply. Initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of renewal for one additional year subject to satisfactory performance and funding.

Complete applications, including a cover letter, CV with a list of publications, a statement of research interests (no more than 2 pages including references), and contact information of 3 references should be submitted by September 5, 2023 11:59 EST for full consideration, though evaluation will be ongoing. Princeton is interested in candidates who, through their research, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Applicants should apply online at

For more information about the project and application process, please contact Jessica Luo ( or Charlie Stock (

This position is subject to Princeton University's background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

posted: 09 August 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.