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COAPS 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' collaborations.  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 two 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.

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Tallahassee is home to the state capital, two major universities and an array of cultural and natural attractions. Tallahassee is currently ranked as the 18th-best college town in the nation by Best College Reviews and its park system was rated the "Best in America" (National Recreation and Park Association, 2006). In 2017, the population was 191,049, making it the 7th-largest city in the U.S state of Florida, and the 126th-largest city in the United States. The population of the Tallahassee metropolitan area was 382,627 as of 2017. 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 one to two hours; to the city of Jacksonville is two and a half hours; and to the cities of Atlanta and Orlando is four 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

Federal Work Study (FWS): Computer Programmer

If you are receiving FWS at FSU for the 2019-2020 academic year and are interested in computer applications programming, you can obtain applied programming experience to enhance your resume or graduate school application at the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS). COAPS has an opening for a FWS-eligible undergraduate student to develop a prototype web service to publish weather observations from research vessels to support the international community. The successful candidate will be working within the COAPS Marine Data Center. Primary duties will entail programmatically extracting observations from a MySQL database, formatting the data as JSON objects, and exporting these objects to an offsite web server.

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 academic 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 software development and database-to-web services. The successful candidate will have strong people skills, a working knowledge of C/C++, Python, or another programming language commonly used in the physical sciences. Additional skills include a fundamental knowledge of relational databases. Familiarity with JavaScript, Linux shell scripting, and/or Git (or similar version control 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 Fall semester 2019 (~10 hrs/wk depending on the candidate’s FWS funds), with possible employment extension to Spring 2020 based upon performance. The applicant must be able to work a regular schedule between 8 am and 5 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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Prospective Graduate Students
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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 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer.

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.


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Building A, Suite 292
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2741
Phone: (850) 644-4581
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