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Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) Program

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

Postdoctoral positions for the NSF-funded Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observatios and Modeling (SOCCOM) project are currently open through Princeton University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the University of Arizona (UA position located in Princeton and associated with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory):


The Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences' ocean biogeochemistry group seeks postdoctoral scholars to participate in earth system modeling and analysis of large-scale observational data sets. Preference will be given to candidates interested in understanding climate change and how it affects the solubility and biological pumps, and through these, the carbon cycle, ocean acidification, and the nutrient and oxygen cycles. An area of specific interest is the current and future role of the Southern Ocean in climate and biogeochemical change based on models and the analysis of observations from pioneering biogeochemical-Argo floats and satellites. Other areas include the development and analysis of earth system models of ocean biogeochemistry, and the use of such models as well as observations for the detection and attribution of biogeochemical and associated ecological change in the ocean.

Individuals will join a vigorous interdisciplinary research group under the direction of Prof. Jorge Sarmiento and will be able to collaborate with a wide range of researchers at Princeton University and NOAA/GFDL as well as external collaborators at the member institutions of the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project sponsored by NSF Polar Programs. Available resources include climate and earth system models and major compilations of high quality global biogeochemical data sets, as well as the opportunity to participate in the SOCCOM initiative to dramatically increase Southern Ocean observations using autonomous biogeochemical-Argo floats.

For more information and to apply, visit and search keyword "SOCCOM".

Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to investigate dynamical and biogeochemical processes in the Southern Ocean using state estimation and analysis of large-scale observational data sets, including pioneering biogeochemical-Argo floats and satellites, as part of the Southern Ocean Climate and Carbon Observations and Modeling program (SOCCOM). SOCCOM is a new NSF program focused on the role of the Southern Ocean in global carbon and heat uptake, ocean acidification, and nutrient sourcing to lower-latitude surface waters.

SOCCOM marks the first large-scale deployment of biogeochemical profiling floats, collecting continuous information related to the ocean's carbon, nitrate, pH, and oxygen content, from the surface to 2000 m.

The postdoctoral researcher will join the vigorous Southern Ocean research group at Scripps and contribute to the Scripps component of SOCCOM by helping to produce and analyze the Southern Ocean State Estimate, to which a biogeochemical component is being added, incorporating the new in situ observations as constraints for the state estimate. The postdoctoral researcher will also be able to collaborate with a wide range of researchers at the SOCCOM member institutions. Available resources include high quality global biogeochemical data sets, climate and earth system model output, as well as the opportunity to participate in the SOCCOM initiative to dramatically increase Southern Ocean observations using autonomous biogeochemical-Argo floats.

Applicants are asked to submit a vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references to Prof. Lynne Talley ( Review of applications is immediate and will continue until the position is filled.

University of Arizona and NOAA/GFDL

The University of Arizona, Princeton University, and NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) are seeking applicants for a post-doctoral research scientist to assist development of the Southern Ocean simulation of a new high-ocean resolution climate model by making use of observational constraints and simulations including some from a global climate model incorporating a 1/10 degree ocean component. The position is with the University of Arizona and funded through an NSF grant focused on the Southern Ocean (SOCCOM). The post-doc will be located in Princeton and associated with the Climate Processes and Sensitivity Group at GFDL.

Applicants should have a PhD in atmospheric sciences, oceanography or related science. Candidates should possess (a) a good understanding of climate variability and change and associated ocean dynamics with a focus on the complex processes active in the Southern Ocean, and (b) the ability to analyze global climate simulations by making use of climate and oceanographic datasets. Applicants should send a CV, letter of research interest, and list of references to Stephen Griffies (, Michael Winton (, and Joellen Russell ( The position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found.
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Participating Institution(s):
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Princeton University (Lead)
University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of Arizona

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Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Climate Change
Climate Modeling
Computer Modeling
Earth System Science
Fluid Dynamics
Ocean Acidification
Ocean Biogeochemistry

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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