Silver Spring, MD


This position is located in the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services’ (CO-OPS) Oceanographic Division’s Planning Monitoring and Analysis Branch (PMAB) located in Silver Spring, MD

The successful candidate will be part of a team of personnel responsible for the operations and maintenance of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) operation forecast systems, called HAB-OFS. Harmful Algal Blooms pose a serious threat to human and marine animal health and severely impact the seafood and tourism industries. Economic losses due to HABs throughout the U.S. amount to billions of dollars on an annual basis. The primary objective of the HAB-OFS is to provide guidance on HABs in the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie to coastal resource managers, government officials, HAB research affiliates, and the general public. HAB forecasting requires the integration of various oceanographic, remote sensing, meteorological, and biological datasets and models for analysis and product generation. Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Conducting data analysis of biological and physical oceanographic data sets in an operational environment using geospatial tools and following established standard operating procedures and producing a succinct summary of results by the specified deadline.
  • Performing quality control review of all work.
  • Provide technical support as needed.
  • Assisting with the statistical assessment of forecast performance.
  • Supporting the transition of harmful algal bloom forecast systems from a demonstration environment to an operational environment.
  • Participating on assigned teams, working groups and committees related to Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast Systems.
  • Writing technical reports and Standard Operating Procedures, and providing presentations to be given to internal working groups and external audiences.
  • Communicating about scientific issues with the general public and participating in outreach activities.


Must be able to pass background screening in order to obtain security clearance

Must be a U.S. Citizen or have authorization to work in the U.S.

Education & Experience:

Degree: major study of at least 24 semester hours in biological oceanography or a related discipline such as physics, meteorology, geophysics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, geology, or biology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of oceanography, physics, geophysics, chemistry, mathematics, meteorology, computer science, and engineering sciences.


Combination of education and experience: Course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and theories of coastal tidal theory and physical oceanography.
  • Knowledge of the biology of harmful algal blooms and their responses to physical oceanographic and meteorological phenomena.
  • Ability to transition harmful algal bloom forecast systems into operational applications.
  • Ability to use geospatial software for scientific and visualization applications.
  • Ability to support statistical analyses of datasets.
  • Familiarity with basic programming languages and environments such as Python and Linux
  • Ability to work with and lead a diverse group of individuals that comprise project teams, working groups and committees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing on scientific issues to technical and nontechnical groups.
  • Skill in preparing written products including presentations, technical reports, and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and demonstrated ability to work under a deadline.

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