Cooperative Institute for Alaska Research

Current Job Opportunities

Listings below are not directly linked with CIFAR, but may be of interest to CIFAR affiliates and awardees.

The NWS Alaska Anchorage Weather Forecast Office has an opening for a GS-1301-12 Physical Scientist/Sea Ice Analyst. The job posting is open for a very short window, and will close at midnight East Coast on June 13, 2018.

As this is a U.S. federal government job, all applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national to apply. All applicants should pay very close attention to all required forms and paperwork in the job announcement, as all application packages are screened and reviewed based on the job requirements and qualifications before being referred to local office managers.

Salary: $81,421 to $105,847 per year
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Job Description: As a Physical Scientist, you will perform the following duties:
-Perform basic sea ice and sea surface temperature analysis and forecasting and provide Impact Based Decision Support (IDSS) to a variety of deep core partners and stakeholders.
-Utilize knowledge of physical oceanic and atmospheric interactions, computer generated model forecast guidance, and remote sensing techniques to produce text and GIS based analysis and forecasts, and communicate results to upper management and the public.
-Perform a full range of analysis for a wide variety of requests, including very difficult, complex or unusual assessments, and using the principles, theories, and practices of a combination of physical sciences including atmospheric science, oceanography, and meteorology for the use in technological assessments.

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Director, Macific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) Seattle
The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) is NOAA’s primary research and development organization.
Announcement open: 04/26/2018 to 06/11/2018
$126,148 to $189,600 per year
Pay scale & grade: ES 00
Full-time Permanent
Responsibilities: As the Director, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the incumbent plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and evaluates PMEL’s oceanographic research and applications projects and activities. The Director PMEL will:

  • Lead and direct scientific and technical division managers and program managers
  • Provide expert scientific and technical direction in the development, implementation, and management of an integrated, sound, and effective PMEL program
  • Manage PMEL’s operational aspects
  • Manage a research organization that includes staff spending hundreds of days and/or multiple years-at-sea to perform field operations.
  • Exercise appropriate risk management to ensure the safety of PMEL staff
  • Monitor and provide timely research outcomes that support multi-million dollar projects in industry and academia.
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate new and existing plans, programs, and proposals for research and applications initiatives
  • Serve as a spokesperson for a variety of DOC-level programs and activities
  • Provide supervision and personnel management for 5 Division Leaders.
  • Chair and/or serve on national and/or international committees

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    EPFL (a research-intensive Swiss university) is seeking an Associate or Full Professor to be located in the new (and still to be formed) EPFL Centre for Changing Alpine and Polar Environments,

    The holder of this Chair will be an internationally recognized scholar in quantifying impacts of climate change on frozen water resources at large scales in Alpine and Polar environments. This area of activity is interpreted broadly, and potentially considers ice physics and dynamics, remote sensing of polar caps/glaciers and interpretation of physical changes, physically based and data-intensive modelling of mountain/polar hydrological systems, snow physics, and implications for mountain/polar water resources.

    Graduate Funding for National Science Foundation Research- Virginia Commonwealth University

    "I am accepting applications for a funded graduate student research assistantship through a National Science Foundation research project on maritime shipping risks (pollution externalities, safety, etc) and policy instruments to mitigate these risks in the Arctic. Research will be conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with possibility of travel to collect data and present research at professional meetings. The selected student has a choice of enrolling in interdisciplinary an PhD degree program in Business through the Economics Department or Environmental Studies in Life Sciences at VCU. The selected student will complete their M.S. in Economics or Environmental Studies as part of the interdisciplinary PhD. The position includes tuition, a 9-month academic year base stipend, additional summer stipend, and health insurance. The start date for this position is late May 2018. Qualifications: The successful applicant must hold a bachelor's degree (and a Master's degree enabling their registration in the PhD program). Students must have formal preparation in economics and quantitative methods including applied mathematics and/or simulation modeling, statistics to succeed in the program's courses of microeconomic theory, mathematical economics, econometrics, environmental economics, and ecological-economic modeling. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in developing modeling skills and those with a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary ecological-economic modeling, dynamic programming and environmental and natural resource economics (e.g., through undergraduate research). Students with additional backgrounds (proficiency in statistical and modeling programs (Stata or SAS, Matlab,Mathematica, Python) as well as experience in organizing, cleaning, and analyzing data) are encouraged to apply. To Apply: Please send the following to Dr. Linda Fernandez by email ( (1) Cover letter describing your interest and prior experience relevant for the research topic; (2) your CV indicating scholarly, extracurricular, and work experiences; (3) Contact information for three academic or professional references; and (4) Copy of all undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable), GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (if applicable). Applications will be reviewed on February 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Fernandez with questions."

    Vacancy Announcement: Physical Oceanography Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Alaska Fairbanks

    An adventurous post-doctoral researcher is sought to lead an Arctic research project that will improve understanding of Bering Strait region coastal systems and their connections to offshore marine waters. Joining the strengths of two 100-year-old institutions, this position will work in close collaboration with both the National Park Service ( and the University of Alaska Fairbanks ( The position is designed to provide coastal physical oceanography expertise to National Park Service studies in Alaska and technical assistance for coastal physical issues nationally. For further details, see the full job announcement

    Postdoctoral Associate Position in Interdisciplinary Coastal and Environmental Engineering University of Florida

    A postdoctoral position is available in the Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics Group at Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) at University of Florida, Gainesville. The successful candidate will collaborate with Drs Angelini and Sheremet working on a number of interdisciplinary projects that investigate the effect of human impacts on estuarine hydrodynamics, sediment transport, habitat loss, and ecosystem services. Similar to many other developed coastal regions around the world, ship, boat and watercraft traffic is increasing in typically low energy estuarine environments in Florida, driving the erosion of intertidal marshes and reefs and loss of their valuable services.

    We are seeking a candidate interested in working with an interdisciplinary research team of PIs, graduate students and undergraduates on this topic. The successful candidate will have experience and interest in the maintenance and field deployment of hydrodynamic instruments (e.g. ADCP, PCADP, pressure sensors), in developing novel data analysis methods, and in model development and application. Experience working at the interface of hydrodynamics and ecology and environmental engineering will be considered an advantage. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the option of extending it, based on performance.

    To apply, please contact Dr Angelini ( or Dr Sheremet ( In your application, please include a cover letter, CV, brief research statement, and a list of references. The search will remain open until the position is filled. University of Florida is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.