Great Lakes Hydrodynamic Modeling Postdoctoral Fellow

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How to Apply

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. To apply, please complete the application on the U-M Careers site. A one page cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline experience that is directly related to this position.

You should prepare the following materials:

  • Cover letter describing your research accomplishments and qualifications related to the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references
  • Two representative publications

Applications that do not contain all four items listed above will not be reviewed. Please email Dr. David Cannon any application materials that are too large to upload: [email protected]


 A postdoctoral fellowship is available for a qualified individual to join the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR: You will work with the ecosystem modeling team to improve our capacity for integrated Earth system modeling in the Great Lakes region. In particular, you will calibrate and test a three-dimensional hydrodynamic model for Lake Michigan-Huron utilizing the newest version of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory's (GFDL) Modular Ocean Model (MOM6). This position is in support of NOAA's Climate and Ecosystem Fisheries Initiative (CEFI). You will collaborate with biophysical modelers at other NOAA labs in the development of a coupled hydrodynamic-biogeochemical ecosystem model for the Great Lakes using the larger NOAA-GFDL framework. You will be expected to maintain a record of scholarly publication and presentations at scientific conferences and public meetings.

You will spend the majority of your time at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) in Ann Arbor and will collaborate closely with colleagues at CIGLR, GLERL, SEAS, and other Great Lakes partners.

The position is expected to start in summer 2024, reporting to Dr. David Cannon. The initial appointment is for one year, with opportunity for extension for the second-year contingent on performance. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-served basis until the position is filled.

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.

Who We Are

Your 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 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.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a 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


  • Calibrate a MOM6 hydrodynamic model for Lake Michigan-Huron, with simulations validated against historical observations (in-situ and remote sensing) and evaluated against current operational models at CIGLR/GLERL (FVCOM, SCHISM, etc.) 
  • Explore the MOM6 coupling framework to provide recommendations for expanded model capabilities, including, but not limited to, ecosystem components.
  • Attend regular project meetings to report progress 
  • Lead at least one manuscript based on research findings for submission to a peer-reviewed journal and present results at a conference(s). A manuscript is expected to be initiated within 6 months from the start date

Required Qualifications*

  • A Ph.D. in physical oceanography, atmospheric sciences, biogeochemistry, or a similar field.
  • Familiarity with data analysis and visualization in a scripting environment using R, Python, or similar software.
  • Strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to lead the development of manuscripts for referred journal publication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and independently.

Additional Information

Salary will be determined based on experience.
Remote and flexible work agreements may be made to support full/partial off-site work at a remote location.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.