Postdoc at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct coupled physical-biogeochemical modeling of water quality and harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Florida estuaries and coastal oceans.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be a self-motivated and independent modeler with strong interest in conducting interdisciplinary work to understand water quality and ecosystem health in freshwater lake, estuaries and coastal oceans. The primary research areas will be Indian River Lagoon, St. Lucie Estuary, and Caloosahatchee Estuary. These areas have experienced different types of HABs involving both freshwater and saltwater species such as Microcystis aeruginosa, Aureoumbra lagunensis, and Pyrodinium bahamense. The main objectives of numerical modeling are to understand the controlling physical and biogeochemical processes including watershed nutrient inputs, internal nutrient cycles, and modulation by sediment diagenesis and vegetation, and ultimately to predict the algal blooms under the influences of human activity and climate change.

The position is jointly funded by NASA, HBOI Foundation including HBOI Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health (FCCHH), and other sources. The research involves a team of collaborators with diverse interests in remote sensing, laboratory experiments, and field observations ( The candidate should be willing to collaborate with scientists within and outside of FAU in a university culture that fosters innovation and collaboration. The initial appointment will be one year with possible renewal depending on funding availability and the performance.

Required qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Marine Science, Oceanography, or closely related fields by time of application.
  • Strong mathematical skills and significant programming experience (e.g. Fortran, Matlab, Python, Linux).
  • Significant experience in numerical modeling and familiar with at least one of the ocean models such as ROMS, POM, and FVCOM.
  • Significant experience in marine interdisciplinary research such as water quality, biogeochemistry, phytoplankton blooms, and/or ecosystem dynamics.

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice. For inquiry about the position, please contact Dr. Mingshun Jiang via email or phone 772-242-2254.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources’ job website ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents. The job # is REQ09329.