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Postdoctoral Associate, Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge (BC3)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Date Posted July 21, 2022
Employment Type Full-time Temporary
Application Deadline Open until filled


Postdoctoral Associate,  Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge (BC3)


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR, Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), to join the Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge (BC3) flagship project, a collaborative effort between faculty across many MIT departments and scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Department of Global Ecology, Stanford) and the National Oceanography Center (NOC; Southampton, UK).  Will develop the ocean biogeochemical component of a new climate model developed as part of the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA) in the Julia language.  Research will focus on parameterizing the key biologically- and chemically-driven transformations in the ocean that impact the climate system in new ways that leverage the expanding availability of Earth system observations. Research will include collaboratively developing machine learning or other data assimilation approaches to inform the parameterizations, implementing the parameterizations into the ocean component of the CliMA model, and developing and leading innovative studies using the new module.  Will work under the supervision of Dr. Emily Zakem (Stanford University/Carnegie Institution for Science) to develop the core of the biogeochemical module and under the supervision of Professor Raffaele Ferrari (MIT) and in collaboration with the CliMA team to implement the module in the CliMA climate model.  

Job Requirements:


REQUIRED: Ph.D. or its equivalent in the natural sciences, mathematics, or related field by the date of hire and/or mathematics; background in ocean dynamics; experience with ocean modeling; interest in understanding how ocean biogeochemistry modulates the climate system; experience with scientific programming and numerical modeling; effective written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated ability to drive projects forward in a timely manner. Job #21597

For more information about the position, please contact Professor Raffaele Ferrari at or Dr. Emily Zakem at

The position will ideally involve spending time at two different geographical locations--MIT and Stanford.  The specifics of the time spent at each location will be agreed upon with the candidate.

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of extension.

In addition to applying with a CV and cover letter via the MIT website, applicants are asked to submit the following through Academic Jobs Online at:  CV, one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation.



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