Postdoctoral Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 191001 - Northern Gulf Institute
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
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Position Function:

The postdoctoral research associate will contribute to an ONR sponsored research project that examines air-sea-wave processes that relate to momentum flux variability in the tropical cyclone environment. The successful candidate will conduct and analyze numerical sensitivity modeling experiments utilizing the Navy’s coupled tropical cyclone modeling system and other coupled modeling systems to verify against field observations to identify momentum exchange processes that influence tropical cyclone intensity change. The postdoc will be based at the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State’s campus and have access to MSU High Performance Computing Collaboratory supercomputing servers to conduct experiments. Funding is available for 18 months with opportunity for extension. Funds for conference travel are included. Anticipated start date of August 2024 with some flexibility.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Northern Gulf Institute (NGI) is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Cooperative Institute comprised of six academic institutions that are geographically distributed across the U.S. Gulf Coast states. The six NGI member institutions are Mississippi State University (lead), the University of Southern Mississippi, Florida State University, Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory. Together with NOAA and in support of their strategic plan, NGI conducts research on interconnections among Gulf of Mexico environments, habitats, resources, and people and engages in outreach to help others learn about and make decisions based on these interconnections.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Utilize high-performance computing servers to conduct numerical simulations
• Manipulate and analyze model output, in situ data, and satellite data and create scientific
• Disseminate findings at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed journals

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicant should have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, or related field. Experience in Python, Matlab, and/or Fortran. Demonstrated ability in publishing peer-reviewed articles.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Preferred Qualifications:

General knowledge or experience with coupled numerical modeling and high-performance computing. Background in air-sea interaction and/or tropical meteorology.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Also: send a single PDF file by May 24, 2024 to Dr. Johna Rudzin ( containing the following: 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and qualifications, 2) a CV, 3) the name and contact information for 3 professional references. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Rudzin with questions prior to applying.

We will accept applications only from persons with indefinite employment authorization in the U.S., and will not sponsor for nonimmigrant or immigrant status for this position.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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