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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Hydrodynamics related to Recirculating Aquaculture System

University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute Walpole, ME



This position involves duties related to Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) research portfolio and will support research objectives set forth by the USDA-ARS/ UMaine collaboration. Responsible for developing and running numerical models to simulate hydrodynamic processes in the marine environment. The role involves working with complex datasets, conducting numerical experiments, and interpreting model results to support a variety of applications in marine engineering, coastal management, and environmental assessment.


Typical hiring range for this soft-money funded, fixed-length position is $60,000 to $70,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and run numerical models to simulate hydrodynamic processes in the marine environment, including waves, currents, and tides.
  • Collect, organize, and analyze marine hydrodynamic data, such as bathymetry, water level measurements, wave spectra, and oceanographic data.
  • Conduct sensitivity analyses and scenario simulations to assess the impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors on marine hydrodynamic processes.
  • Collaborate with other scientists and engineers to integrate marine hydrodynamic models with ecological, water quality, and engineering models.
  • Communicate results and findings to project teams, stakeholders, and clients through written reports, presentations, and meetings.
  • Keep up-to-date with advances in marine hydrodynamic modeling techniques and technology, and contribute to the development of new methods and tools.

Knowledge and Skills Qualifications:


  • Ph.D. in oceanography, civil engineering, coastal engineering, or a related field.
  • Proficiency in numerical modeling software such as SWAN, ROMS, MIKE21, or FVCOM, and programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, or R.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with experience in data analysis, statistics, and mathematical modeling.
  • Familiarity with GIS software and spatial data analysis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain complex concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a strong sense of responsibility and initiative.


  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Enhanced knowledge of statistics and statistical analyses.
  • Understanding of the tenets of sustainable aquaculture.
  • Experience in project management and client interaction.

Working Environment/Dynamics:

Work will be primarily performed at the University of Maine, Darling Marine Center, Walpole, ME.

Work Schedule:

Normal University of Maine business hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Work outside of normal business hours will be expected to fulfill the needs and duties of this position and may include weekends, early mornings, and nights.

Position Type:

Soft-money, fixed length. This position is for an initial two-year period. The overall maximum duration of Postdoctoral position is five years.

Work Year:

Full-time, fiscal year.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The incumbent will be directly responsible for managing undergraduate student employees.

Schedule for Evaluation:

In the initial six months of employment and annually thereafter, in accordance with the UMPSA agreement.

Search Timeline is as follows:

Review of applications to begin: September 30, 2023
Screening interviews to begin no earlier than: October 7, 2023
On-site interviews to begin no earlier than: October 8, 2023
Tentative start date: October 15, 20233

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence and Sexual Harassment.

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position". You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

The successful applicant is subject to appropriate background screening.

In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 127 Alumni Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207-581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).