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Available Positions

Oceanographer   Ocean Data Assimilation and Probalilistic Prediction

Oceanographer   Nearshore and Coupled Model System

Oceanographer   Open Ocean Processes and Predictions

Postdoc   Ocean Modeling/Prediction

Postdoc   Coupled Coastal, Estuarine and River Modeling

Postdoc   Modeling of Ocean Surface Waves

Postdoc   Coastal and Semi-Enclosed Sea

Postdoc   Finite Element Modeling of Coastal Ocean Circulation

Postdoc   Local Mesoscale Submesoscale Nowcasting and Forecasting

Postdoc   Numerical Ocean Modeling and Prediction

Postdoc   Numerical Tide Modeling

Postdoc   Ocean Glider Sampling and Data Assimilation

Postdoc   Satellite Altimetry and data Assimilation for Ocean Circulation Studies

Postdoc   Small Scale Ocean Modeling

Postdoc   Three Dimensional Coastal Modeling

Ocean prediction technology
The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is the US Navy corporate laboratory, dedicated to addressing Navy unique problems and enabling the Navy to operate efficiently and safely. Unique to the Navy is the need to monitor and predict the ocean. Currents, surface waves, temperature structure, tides and other properties affect the ability to safely navigate and operate in the global oceans. The NRL Oceanography division conducts research from understanding basic ocean physics to constructing operational ocean prediction systems similar to those employed for atmospheric weather prediction.

This is an opportunity to work with the nation's largest group of cutting edge researchers focused on bringing new technology to ocean prediction. The work involves building numerical model systems that represent ocean physics, constructing processing systems that feed satellite observations of a wide range of ocean parameters, and assimilating both satellite and in water observations into numerical models. The scales of ocean features involve global circulation to currents in estuaries and rivers. NRL research leads to prediction systems that are implemented operationally and provide forecasts to users throughout the Navy, academic, government and commercial community. Examples of a few ongoing projects may be seen at:

NRL is closely connected to the High Performance Computing network with access to DoD supercomputers across the nation. Researchers at NRL apply the Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC) computers to both research and operational systems.

This is an exciting time in oceanography with the first global prediction systems now coming on line and providing a wide range of products ( ). Global ocean systems provide currents and temperature throughout the world ( ). The next generation of numerical ocean models is under construction ( High resolution circulation systems are being implemented to provide detailed information in local areas (

Initial satellite data feeds are in place (, and new feeds are coming online in the near future. Surface waves are being predicted up to the shores around the globe ( Tidal predictions are automated through numerical model systems (, and the interaction of tides with bathymetry to generate internal ocean waves is being explored ( New observation systems are expected in the coming years. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Satellite System (NPOESS) will provide new satellite observations for oceanographic systems. In water autonomous vehicles are beginning to be employed for observing currents, temperature and salinity.

You have the potential to implement the processing of these new observations and to ensure the ocean systems assimilate them properly. Appropriate data quality control and statistical analysis of the observations is needed. The most critical part in providing accurate ocean forecasts is the proper use of observations in the ocean model data assimilation. This requires your understanding of the proper application of statistical techniques to develop covariances between observations and ocean fields to provide optimal estimation of the ocean state given the observations. You can apply your PhD or Masters degree in Oceanography, meteorology, physics, computer science, mathematics or engineering with your years of experience in research, programming, visualization and statistical analysis to solve these problems and build the systems that will be used operationally by people throughout the world. The Naval Research Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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