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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Sciences

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks postdoctoral Research Associates to contribute to computational research on ocean, atmosphere, and land biogeochemistry. The candidate will work directly with Prof. Scott Doney in the Department of Environmental Sciences. The completion of a Ph.D. in oceanography, environmental sciences, or related field is required by appointment start date. Candidates required to have experience in computational environmental research involving data analysis, remote sensing, or numerical modeling. Background in ocean or aquatic systems is preferred. Ability to use advanced statistical data analysis software such as Matlab, R or SciPy, verbal and written communication abilities, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively as a member of a team, and ability to organize and complete tasks are required skills. Review of applications will begin on May 21, 2023. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. For questions about the position, please contact Scott Doney, Professor, at

Additional details about the position and application instructions are available here on the Careers@UVA website

C-CoMP Postdoctoral Fellowships

The NSF Center for Chemical Currencies of a Microbial Planet (C-CoMP) invites applications for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that will significantly advance the Center’s goal of promoting an understanding of the chemicals and microbial processes that underlie the surface ocean carbon cycle. C-CoMP’s research agenda includes experimental approaches, systems-based modeling from cellular to global scales, and data mining and integration strategies. Visit the C-CoMP Postdoctoral Fellowship webpage to learn more. Applications for the 2024-2026 cohort will open in early spring 2024. 

Bridge-to-PhD Fellowship

Our Bridge-to-PhD program supports the transition of students with undergraduate degrees and an interest in research careers into ocean science graduate programs. Each year, 4-5 new B2P fellows are welcomed into C-CoMP research groups. The 2-year, paid fellowship program provides sufficient time for students to establish core competencies in their relevant fields while benefiting from tailored mentoring and professional development. Fellows are chosen through an application process that prioritizes applicants from backgrounds historically excluded from the sciences. They will work in science disciplines ranging from marine chemistry to microbial ecology to data science by matching their disciplinary interests with C-CoMP faculty, and carry out research aligned with the science objectives of the Center. Visit the Bridge-to-PhD Fellowship webpage to learn more! Applications for the 2024-2026 cohort will open in early spring 2024.