Seeking Students:

The Coastal Biogeochemical Dynamics Lab in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UConn) seeks applicants for two fully funded MS or PhD positions in regional biogeochemical modeling to begin in Fall 2021. Individuals with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in oceanography, marine science, engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science, math, biology, or related subject are encouraged to apply.


About the Positions: Potential research topics include NOAA-funded projects focused on understanding the processes responsible for the variability and predictability of oxygen and carbon variables in coastal environments on various timescales through the use of regional models. You will work on developing models, analyzing output, and delivering the relevant information to coastal communities who rely on this information for planning and decision making.  Visit our lab website ( for more information about our research. Students will receive continuous stipend support starting at ~$25,000 per 9-months with and additional summer stipend of ~$8000 per summer. Admission also includes tuition waiver, health insurance benefits, computing resources, and support for professional development as well as research related travel.


About the University: UConn is a top 25 public research university situated in the beautiful rolling hills of central Connecticut but is just a short drive from both New York City and Boston. The Department of Marine Sciences is located on the Avery Point Campus in Groton, Connecticut right on the waters of Long Island Sound. Our program offers the intimacy and support of a small campus, coupled with the resources of a top-notch public university and internationally renowned scientists.  Visit the department website ( for more information about our graduate program.


How to Apply: Applications should be sent to the UConn graduate school ( by July 28th for Fall 2021 admission. Your application must include official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of your interests and goals. International students whose native language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in the English language. There is no GRE requirement! We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are members of underrepresented or marginalized communities. 


Interested students may request additional information by contacting Dr. Samantha Siedlecki (

Seeking Postdoc:

The coastal biogeochemical dynamics lab in the Department of the Marine Sciences located on the Avery Point campus at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will advance our understanding of the predictability of oxygen and temperature globally as a participant in a NOAA-funded project about forecasting metabolic indices in the global ocean on decadal timescales. Our project objective is to examine the predictability of fisheries-relevant environmental variables beyond sea surface temperature and chlorophyll, such as oxygen and related metabolic metrics, as well as potential limitations on fisheries that this metabolic index projects in Earth system models (ESMs).

This position will provide an opportunity to advance the understanding of the controls over regionally predictability of biogeochemical fields, and explore decadal prediction capabilities of ESMs as well as their application to fisheries management. The position will also enable the postdoctoral scholar the opportunity to collaborate with the NOAA MAPP Task force associated with the project funding as well as two other closely related projects led by Matt Long and Colleen Petrik pertaining to modeling feedbacks between fish and biogeochemistry in ESMs. 

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of ocean biogeochemical cycling including carbon, oxygen and nutrient cycles in the context of large-scale ocean circulation, expertise in programming and large data set analysis, and model evaluation. Preference will be given to candidates with experience with large biogeochemical observational data sets like ARGO.  The position will be located at the regional campus at Avery Point working predominately with the laboratory of Samantha Siedlecki, with opportunities to travel to NCAR in Boulder, Colorado to work with Matt Long, a co-PI on the project. Information about the Coastal Biogeochemical Dynamics Lab here:


  • Analyze model output and evaluate model performance using existing observational data;

  • Quantify regional predictability of model fields on decadal timescales

  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present results at national and international conferences.


  • Doctoral degree in Oceanography, or a closely related field

  • Technical training or practical experience in programming (Python, Matlab or similar)

  • Understanding of ocean biogeochemical cycling including carbon, oxygen and nutrient cycles in the context of large-scale ocean circulation

  • Experience with biogeochemical model analysis and evaluation or large observational data set equivalent

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Publications related to the minimum qualifications

  • Ability to pursue research independently


  • Experience with large biogeochemical observational data sets like oxygen from ARGO

  • Demonstrated experience mentoring graduate or undergraduate students

  • Ability to travel to NCAR


The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal.  Salary and benefits are competitive.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494717.  Please upload a current resume, one-page cover letter including a statement of research interests and your qualifications for the position, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on May 10, 2021. 

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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