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Postdoctoral research position in Ocean Circulation
University of Rochester

Date Posted Oct. 11, 2018
Title Postdoctoral research position in Ocean Circulation
University University of Rochester More About This Institution...
Rochester, NY, United States
Department Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Planetary Sciences
    Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
    Marine/Freshwater Sciences
    Geology - Geophysics
    Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Earth Sciences
    Atmospheric Sciences
    Astronomy and Astrophysics
We are soliciting applications for a postdoctoral position to join the Turbulence and Complex Flow group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. More information about the group can be found at

Topics of research concern the nonlinear multiscale nature of Oceanic flows. Large-scale currents, eddies, and waves pervade the Ocean and play a prime role in the general circulation and climate. The coupling between scales ranging from O(10^4) km down to the O(1) mm scale presents a major difficulty in understanding, modeling, and predicting oceanic circulation and climate.

The main objective of the project is to study several distinct pathways that couple the mesoscales to the larger-scale general circulation. We will pursue an integrated analysis of satellite and model data within a novel multi-scale diagnostic framework our group has been developing. The project is a collaboration among Dr. Hussein Aluie (UofR), Dr. Matthew Hecht (Los Alamos National Lab, LANL), and Dr. Geoff Vallis (U. of Exeter).

We welcome applications from candidates with a background in GFD, engineering, physics, applied math, or related disciplines with a strong interest in fluid dynamics. Previous experience with satellite altimetry and/or oceanic GCMs is desirable.

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date is flexible so we encourage interested candidates to apply now, regardless of their availability in the near future.

Funding is available for three years, renewed on an annual basis subject to satisfactory performance. Salary and benefits are competitive, will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications should be emailed as a single pdf file to Hussein Aluie (hussein**At* and must include (i) a brief one- or two-page letter describing the candidate’s academic background, interests, and their future research/career plans, (ii) CV, and (iii) contact information of three references.

About the University of Rochester (UofR) and the City:
Founded in 1850, UofR is a highly competitive private research university which enrolls approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. It has historical links to pivotal US social movements, including women’s suffrage (Susan B. Anthony) and abolitionism (Frederick Douglass).

Fluids and Plasma research at UofR has a dynamic and growing collaborative group involving several professors: Hussein Aluie, Riccardo Betti, Eric Blackman, Gilbert Collins, Adam Frank, Valeri Goncharov, Pierre Gourdain, Douglas Kelley, Lee Murray, Alice Quillen, Chuang Ren, Ryan Rygg, Adam Sefkow, Jessica Shang, and Thomas Weber. The department offers a friendly and stimulating research environment. We enjoy strong ties to a leading DOE fusion research facility, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, which is adjacent to campus, and to the UofR medical school, one of the top in the US.

The city of Rochester is a thriving and affordable, low-stress, medium sized metropolis (metro area population ~1 million) with excellent public services and amenities. It enjoys a vibrant performing arts culture thanks in-part to UofR’s Eastman School of Music, often ranked as the top music school in the US, and several small colleges that focus on the arts. For outdoors enthusiasts, there are many well-maintained parks that offer sanctuaries within the city and many gorgeous state parks that are less than a 1 hour drive. Many of the beaches along lake Ontario are within 15-30 minutes from the city, and the Adirondack mountains are within a 3 hour drive.

  • The University of Rochester provides equal opportunity in admissions and student aid regardless of sex, age, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. Furthermore, the University complies with all applicable nondiscrimination laws.

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Contact Information

  • Hussein Aluie
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY


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