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16 Jun 2022

Full-Time Coastal Modeler

Ocean Associates inc. – Posted by oai1 Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Job Description

Ocean Associates Inc. (OAI), together with our teaming partner, IBSS, seeks full-time Coastal Modelers to support National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) in Silver Spring, MD. CO-OPS is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely tides, water levels, currents, and other coastal oceanographic and meteorological information. If you are looking to be an instrumental part of a growing, employee and customer-focused company working on exciting issues in environmental science and other marine/coastal resources, we want to hear from you!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist CO-OPS with the transition and implementation of new hydrodynamic coastal models, coastal model upgrades, and new modeling capabilities (e.g., data assimilation or coastal coupling) in the supercomputing environment at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction, where NOS operational forecast systems are run.
  • Support the development, analysis, and implementation of a new coastal model along the East and Gulf Coasts.
  • Couple coastal models with riverine models, or improving existing coastal models.
  • Analyze the output from coastal models (those in operation or development) to assess the skill of the nowcast and forecast guidance.
  • Evaluate model predictions against observations, or assess the integration of model output with other products and services.


Salary: Full-time. Pay commensurate with experience. Generous employee benefits.

Location: Silver Spring, MD and locally remote

Required Skills /Education/ Certifications & Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in oceanography, meteorology, hydrology, or a closely related discipline plus four years of relevant experience in hydrodynamic modeling on high-performance computing systems. A PhD in one of the above fields may substitute for the master’s degree and four years of experience.
  • Must understand oceanographic principles, theories, and practices, as well as oceanographic, atmospheric, riverine, and/or hydrologic models.
  • Extensive computing skills (e.g., shell scripts, Fortran, IDL, MATLAB, Python), as well as proficiency with the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, Microsoft Office applications, and Google’s Collaboration Suite (e.g., Docs, Sheets, and Slides).
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team, are required.
  • Must have strong organization skills, attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to self-manage their workload and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and collaboratively in a team/group setting.
  • Ability to receive constructive feedback and implement appropriate action.


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Earth System Modeling Framework and NOAA’s Environmental Modeling System.
  • Familiarity with the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS), Finite Volume Coastal Ocean Model (FVCOM), ADCIRC, and/or SCHISM.
  • Experience transitioning hydrodynamic models into operational applications.
  • General database and query experience.


If you are interested in being considered for this position, please APPLY THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL, AT THE LINK AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:

  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).


How to Apply  

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 75 days.

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