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Postdoc Fellow in Great Lakes Climate Variability Research, CIGLR

A Postdoctoral fellowship is available for a highly qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR: The successful candidate will work with the climate modeling team at CIGLR to improve our understanding of climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. The candidate will work on an NSF-funded hydrodynamic modeling project, utilizing the Finite Volume Community Ocean Model (FVCOM) to investigate changes in thermal structure, ice dynamics, and overturning behavior in the North American Great Lakes. This work will focus on two overarching research questions:

  1. How have extreme events and climate variability in the Great Lakes changed over time, and how do we expect them to change in the future?
  2. What role do teleconnection patterns (e.g., El Nino/Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation) and low-frequency climate oscillations (e.g., Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, Pacific Decadal Oscillation) play in controlling Great Lakes climate variability and extreme events?

While the initial geographical focus is on the Great Lakes, the postdoc fellow is welcome to explore potential expansion of their research to other large temperate lakes. The postdoc will be expected to maintain a strong record of scholarly publication, and present at scientific conferences and public meetings.

The successful applicant’s appointment will be with CIGLR, which is part of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. CIGLR’s mission is to lead research, develop applications and products, and engage with stakeholders to achieve environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Great Lakes. CIGLR is a collaboration between the University of Michigan and NOAA that brings together experts from academia and government research labs to work on pressing problems facing the Great Lakes region. The fellow will spend most of their time at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor and work in close collaboration with colleagues at the University of Michigan.

Mission Statement
The School for Environment and Sustainability ( is a collaborative and interdisciplinary school. Our mission includes contributing to the protection of environmental resources and the achievement of a sustainable society. We accomplish this by generating and sharing knowledge, contributing to policy, and engaging managers and stakeholders. The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with excellence in research and teaching. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is a town known for arts, culture, parks, and restaurants.

SEAS is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communications, and discourages and restoratively responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.

Why Work at Michigan?
The University of Michigan is a top-ranked public university with excellence in research and teaching. Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan, is a town known for arts, culture, parks, and restaurants.

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future.

Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Responsibilities*
  • Conduct and verify hydrodynamic-ice model simulations for the historical period and future climate scenarios.
  • Investigate the historical and future changes in occurrence of lake extreme events, ice cover, and lake stability.
  • Attend regular project meetings to report progress.
  • Lead at least one manuscript based on research findings for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, present results at a conference(s). A manuscript is expected to be initiated within the 6 months from the start date.
  • Assist with planning and hosting the Great Lakes Hydrodynamic-Ice Modeling Bootcamp.

Additional Information
Salary will be determined based on experience.

Remote and flexible work agreements may be made to support partial off-site work at a remote location.

The position is expected to start in early 2024. The initial appointment is for one year, with the opportunity for a second-year extension contingent on performance.

  • Job Type: Post-doc
  • Application deadline: 11/14/2023
  • Organization: Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
  • Qualifications: Ph.D. in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or a similar field, with a strong background in ocean or/and ice modeling. Familiarity with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software. Experience with running simulations on a supercomputer or cluster computing environment. Strong communication skills. and demonstrated ability to work both as a team and independently. Demonstrated ability to lead the development of manuscripts for refereed journal publication.
  • How to apply: Apply on website:
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Web address:

Contact Information

Margaret Throckmorton

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