OceanWatch Researcher

The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) is seeking an OceanWatch Researcher (PhD).


  • Actively leads research efforts related to quantifying the effects of oceanographic processes, particularly ocean warming, on pelagic and coastal ecosystem.
  • Conducts original research and creates new and value-added oceanographic and climate products derived from satellite data and from atmosphere-ocean general circulation models. 
  • Analyzes and interprets data for the benefit of the marine fisheries, conservation, and oceanographic communities.
  • Publishes and communicates results in scientific literature and through presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders including the regional fishing council.
  • Develops research plans and leads grant applications.
  • Provides data and products to support Center’s research cruises.
  • Designs and implements computer-based quality control tools on existing and new remote sensing datasets for ensuring the availability of science-quality resources.
  • Establishes, maintains and manages the OceanWatch satellite remote sensing website, data platforms, and datasets.
  • Develops web interfaces for uninterrupted data accessibility via the OceanWatch web, Environmental Research Divisions Data Access Program (ERDDAP) and Thematic Real-time Environmental Distributed Data Services (THREDDS) servers in support of Science Center and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data initiatives.
  • Manages, forecasts, and maintains yearly budgeting and accountability for OceanWatch project.
  • Prepares quarterly progress reports for CoastWatch – Central. Manages and monitors yearly computer maintenance contracts.

Primary Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree from an accredited college or university in Oceanography, Marine Biology, Climate Science, or Mathematics. (A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university and at least five (5) years of relevant work experience in the above fields may substitute for a PhD).
  • Three to five (3-5) years of professional experience working with satellite remotely sensed oceanographic data or climate products to quantitatively derive information about biological physical or oceanographic phenomena which includes experience with ERDDAP and THREDDS to access data, and experience with extending software functionality or automating processes, with the NetCDF data format and with programming languages and libraries (Python NCO tools). Experience must include at least one (1) year experience in producing peer-reviewed publications based on satellite remotely sensed oceanographic data and experience with UNIX/LINUX workstations.