Job Opportunity: Shelf Seas Modelling Scientist National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK | POGO

Job Opportunity: Shelf Seas Modelling Scientist National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, UK

Closing date: 15th September 2019.


About the role: 

We seek a talented and enthusiastic Shelf Seas Modelling Scientist to join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC in Liverpool, UK. The successful candidate will develop and exploit our flagship models of NW European shelf seas. These are the Atlantic Margin Model configurations at 7km and 1.5km resolution using the NEMO system, which underpin our shelf sea research and operational oceanographic capability ( You will work across the whole spectrum of development activities including mixing parameterization, numerical schemes, forcing and validation as a contribution to the Joint Marine Modelling Project – a collaboration between NOC and the Met Office to develop a series of world lead ocean model configurations. You will also have the opportunity to work on the translation of these regional model capabilities to global models and to develop the core underlying capability for shelf seas in the NEMO through engagement with the NEMO System Team.


The successful candidate will be expected to become an expert in the physical oceanography of this region and to exploit multi-annual model simulations scientifically. You will bring models and theoretical understanding together to better understand shelf sea processes, such as shelf edge exchange and the role of small scale processes (e.g. internal waves, eddies) in driving large scale properties (water masses, stratification etc). You will publish frequently in scientific journals and present at international conferences.

You will be expected to collaborate widely, specifically with the shelf sea modelling team at the Met Office, but also with other groups worldwide.


About you:

The successful candidate will have experience of ocean hydrodynamics, ideally in shelf sea environments and of ocean modelling approaches, application and development, and ideally with an associated publication record. Experience with NEMO is highly desirable. You will be a skilled scientific programmer, ideally with FORTRAN and python (or Matlab), and familiar with team working in a code development context. You will have a strong 1st degree in a numerate science, engineering or mathematics discipline and have achieved a PhD or have equivalent research experience in physical oceanography or other numerate environmental science. You will have excellent communication, oral, written and presentational skill, including experience in scientific writing.


Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £29,181 and £33,558 (Band 6). Whilst this is a fixed term appointment, there may be potential to extend or convert to a permanent appointment subject to operational requirements.


About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK's leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.


NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit


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