Postdoctoral scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scholarship: Fully-Funded
Degree: Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

We seek to fill a postdoctoral position in the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA), a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and applied mathematicians, spanning MIT, Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School. The postdoctoral scholar will collaborate with the oceanographers, mathematicians and software engineers to develop the ocean component of a new climate model in the Julia programming language that is flexible, easy to use, and runs on laptops, supercomputers, and GPUs. Ways the postdoctoral scholar could contribute include but are not limited to, (1) Developing, implementing, and testing parameterizations of sub grid-scale processes in the ocean that are suitable for data assimilation and machine learning approaches, including models for boundary layer turbulence, sub mesoscale processes, mesoscale eddies, and internal wave driven mixing; (2) Innovative computational studies of ocean processes controlling key climate features, such as heat uptake, changes in global ocean circulation, ocean-atmosphere coupling that leverage the unique capabilities of the CliMA model. 

A press release on this initiative provides more information about the overall goals of the project. 

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT’s full policy on Nondiscrimination can be found here.

Available Subjects:

Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Eligibility criteria:

Ph.D., in applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field by the date of hire. Strong background in ocean and/or climate dynamics and some experience in ocean modelling. Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills 

Application Procedure:

equired Documents:

Curriculum Vitae, One-page statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation 


For more information about the positions, please contact Professors Raffaele Ferrari and John Marshall at [email protected]. We strongly encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.