HughesCOAPS scientists and students come from a wide range of disciplines, including meteorology, physical oceanography, mathematics, economics, and the computer and information sciences. Interdisciplinary collaboration is highly encouraged and internal communication is strengthened through monthly seminars and meetings. Researchers are supported by highly professional administrative and technical staff, and have access to the FSU High Performance Computing system, an extensive collection of library materials at both the COAPS and FSU libraries, and on-site editing services.

Employees of COAPS also have the opportunity to network outside of the institution through COAPS's participation in the following organizations:

Many of the research faculties in COAPS were hired first as post-doctoral candidates.

COAPS is located in Innovation Park, a research and development centre managed by Leon County. Our office is 2 miles south of the main FSU campus, with free and ample parking and a regular van shuttle to the main campus. The Seminole Golf Course, the Morcom Aquatics Center, and exercise paths are all within walking distance.

Tallahassee is home to the state capital, two major universities and an array of cultural and natural attractions. It has been ranked one of the "Top Ten College Towns for Grownups" (Kiplinger's, 2007) and its park system was rated the "Best in America" (National Recreation and Park Association, 2006).

With a population of approximately 172,000, the cost of living in Tallahassee is relatively low and many commute times are only 15-30 minutes. The driving time to a number of beautiful Gulf Coast beaches is 1-2 hours; to the city of Jacksonville is 2 1/2 hours; and to the cities of Atlanta and Orlando is 4 hours.

Scientist Positions

No openings at this time.

Student Positions

Student opportunities at COAPS include graduate assistantships, OPS employment, fellowships, internships, and Federal work-study. Details about current openings are posted here as they become available. For more information on academics at COAPS, please visit the Academics section of our website.

Current Opportunities

Undergraduate Computer Programmer

Gain applied programming experience to enhance your resume or graduate school application at the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS). COAPS has an immediate opening for a part-time undergraduate student to conduct scientific and/or web service programming to support ongoing atmospheric and oceanic research. The successful candidate will be working within the COAPS Marine Data Center. Duties may include (1) directed scientific programming to process remotely-sensed and in situ observational data sets, (2) data analysis and graphics development to support team research results, (3) updating content on HTML, SHTML, and PHP pages, (4) maintaining content in backend databases (primarily MySQL), and (5) developing database-coupled web applications to display/serve a wide range of atmospheric and oceanic data products from COAPS.

Candidates should be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, scientific computing, information technology, computer engineering, or a related field and have at least one full year remaining prior to their anticipated graduation. Successful candidates must have completed COP 4710 and COP 4530 (or equivalent courses). Applicants must have a strong interest in scientific programming, data analysis, and distribution of information via web-service technologies. The successful candidate will have strong people skills, a working knowledge of C/C++, FORTRAN, or another scientific language, and the ability to develop Python, Perl, and/or Linux scripts. Additional desired skills include a fundamental knowledge of MySQL databases and competency with basic HTML, PHP, or other web programming languages. Familiarity with CSS, Javascript, and/or Joomla (or similar content management systems) is a plus, but not required. Candidates must possess a willingness and ability to acquire new programming skills, be able to work within a team programming environment, and be able to meet deadlines established by supervisors.

The position will be filled for summer semester 2018 (25-28 hrs/wk), with possible employment extension based upon performance. The position is part-time OPS with wages commensurate with experience and typically on the high end for student employment. The applicant must be able to work a regular schedule between 8 am and 6 pm (M-F) at our facility in Innovation Park. City and FSU bus services to/from campus are available.

Interested applicants should email their resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact details for three references to Mr. Shawn R. Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Mr. Shawn R. Smith
Director, Marine Data Center
Center for Ocean Atmospheric Prediction Studies
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2741
Ph: (850) 644-6918
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FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer.

COAPS/FSU is seeking applications from prospective graduate students with strong computational science backgrounds for studies in physical oceanography and ocean modeling. Students with either B.S or M.S degrees may apply. Applications from students from computationally intensive fields, such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Meteorology, and Engineering are particularly encouraged.

Students will pursue M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in physical oceanography from the FSU Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences while conducting innovative research in ocean modeling and forecasting at COAPS in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. This unique opportunity provides students with course instruction from top faculty, state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentorship from some of the world’s foremost ocean modelers and forecasters. Though scientific computing and modeling will be central to the research program, students will have opportunities to gain experience in traditional oceanographic research methods through cruises, in situ and satellite data analysis, and laboratory methods.

Students will receive financial support covering tuition, annual stipend, health insurance subsidy, and funds to cover travel to work with scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory. As this opportunity involves access to U.S. Department of Defense facilities, applicants should be U.S. Citizens.

For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Chassignet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Other Opportunities

COAPS periodically has technical and administrative staff openings that are posted on this webpage. Please also check the FSU Employment and Recruitment Services website.

No openings at this time.

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