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Opportunity at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

Surfzone and Riverine Processes


Naval Postgraduate School, Earth and Atmospheric Science

RO# Location
62.10.02.B7335 Monterey, CA 939435138


name email phone
James Howard MacMahan 831.656.2379


We have several research programs investigating the physical (and biological) processes in the surfzone and riverine environments obtained in small- and large-scale field experiments. We are using innovative instrumentation to obtain new observations, such as a large number of GPS-equipped drifters and autonomous unmanned vehicles. We are investigating the Lagrangian particle statistics and mixing of pollutants in these littoral environments. Previous and new field observations will be used for research projects in the following areas: (1) rip current dynamics, which includes public safety; (2) cross-shore exchange between the surfzone and inner-shelf; (3) data assimilation between autonomous vehicles and numerical models; (4) littoral optical properties; and (5) coherent structures.



Brown J, et al: Journal of Geophysical Research doi:10.1029/2008JC005158, 2009

MacMahan JH, et al: Marine Geology doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2009.09.011, 2009


Surf zone; Field observations; Lagrangian; AUV; Drifter; Riverine;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$67,000.00 $3,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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