Postdoctoral Position in Coastal Ocean Modeling for our Blue Carbon Future

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We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join our group, as part of a larger collaborative effort on the Blue Carbon Potential of Canada’s Coastal Oceans. Please apply by January 1, 2023 for full consideration for this position.

Postdoctoral Position in Regional Coastal Ocean Modelling

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar for a Regional Coastal Ocean Modeling position investigating the fate of Canada’s coastal oceans over the next century, to inform a large collaborative project on natural ocean climate solutions. The scholar will (1) produce high-resolution regional ocean models of Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, and (2) assess how these coastal oceans will respond to a warming climate by subjecting these regional ocean models to downscaled global climate model projections.

Ideally, the successful candidate to have the following background and expertise:

  • A PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, or a related field.
  • Some experience with numerical ocean modeling (e.g. MOM, POP, ROMS, NEMO, FVCOM, MPAS-ocean, or others) over global or regional scales;
  • Experience with scientific computing (Python, R, or Matlab); and
  • Ability to work as a collegial team member in an interdisciplinary group of scientists.

This position is a part of the Blue Carbon Canada research initiative, endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and supported through the University of Victoria, the National Science and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The position will be supervised jointly by Prof. Hansi Singh, head of the Climate Dynamics research group in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, and by Prof. Parker MacCready, head of the Coastal Ocean Modeling Group at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. The postdoctoral fellow will also work closely with the research groups of Prof. Julia Baum (Dept. of Biology at the University of Victoria) and Prof. Mary O’Connor (Dept. of Zoology at the University of British Columbia), who will be applying coastal projections from this research to kelp and seagrass species distribution models and projections.


The postdoctoral fellow will sit at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and will have the opportunity to visit the University of Washington to work in person with Prof. MacCready. The postdoctoral fellow will also be able to collaborate locally with scientists at several nearby research centres, including the Canadian Centre for Climate Modeling and Analysis (CCCMA), the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). Funding is available for up to three years (with continued funding subject to a yearly performance review).

The position will include a competitive salary and a full benefits package (including an allowance for relocation). We especially encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity in the physical sciences (women, under-represented minorities, LGBTQIA individuals, persons with disabilities). A remote appointment may be possible for the right candidate.

Please contact Prof. Hansi Singh ( with questions. Interested applicants should submit the following material to Prof. Singh: (1) a cover letter, (2) an up-to-date CV, (3) two recent publications, and (4) contact information for three professional references. Applications will be reviewed starting January 1, 2023, and will be accepted until the position is filled. The ideal start date is Spring 2023.