Ocean Modelling Applications Programmer

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Nacional oceanography centerAbout the role:

We are seeking to recruit an Applications Programmer to support our ocean modelling capability. You will join a vibrant research group at the forefront of the development and analysis of high resolution models of the global ocean, sea-ice and biogeochemistry. Your main duties will be to support the development and testing of new components in the NEMO ocean model (http://www.nemo-ocean.eu/, http://tinyurl.com/nemo-model), to undertake new simulations on high performance computers, and to analyse the model output. You will also have opportunities to contribute to research and to scientific publications. The NEMO ocean model is developed in the framework of an international consortium (France, Italy and the UK). The work will involve contributing, in collaboration with other consortium members, to a regular software development cycle including: planning; coding; testing; merging; documenting and bug-fixing. The NEMO ocean model runs on local clusters and Massively Parallel supercomputers and the post-holder will perform simulations on several different architectures including the HECTOR (ARCHER) supercomputer.

This post is offered initially for a fixed 2-year term. There may be a possibility of a subsequent extension subject to funding availability.


The post holder will be appointed at either the graduate (NERC Band 7, £19,740 to £23,390 per annum) or post doctoral level (NERC Band 6, £26,450 to £29,710 per annum).

About you:

At Band 7 level, you will have a degree in a numerate discipline, a degree in Physics, Mathematics or computer science would be desirable. At Band 6 level you will have a PhD in a numerate discipline. You should have a strong background in computing and be experienced in coding and in the debugging of large computer programs (e.g. in Fortran or C), preferably within a UNIX environment. You should enjoy working as part of a team and solving technical challenges, and be able to perform experiments with large numerical models on supercomputers.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 10.5 Public/privilege days and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, 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. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (http://noc.ac.uk/)

NOC sustains long-term marine science on the national and international stages, including long-term ocean observational programs, high-resolution global ocean modelling, mapping and survey and data management. The centre hosts the undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool, educating some 700 undergraduate and postgraduate students every year.

The Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) group at NOC has more than two decades of expertise in global and regional high-resolution sea ice-ocean modelling, modelling of marine ecosystems, ocean turbulence, surface waves, tides and storm surges. The group is a partner in the NEMO ocean modelling framework, an international research consortium, led by France, the UK and Italy. For more information on the MSM group and NEMO please visit the following websites:


Questions regarding the particulars of the project can be addressed to Dr Joël Hirschi (joel.hirschi@noc.ac.uk) or Dr Andrew Coward (acc@noc.ac.uk).

How to apply:

Applications are handled by the RCUK Shared Business Services; for further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC108333. If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date: 22 September 2013

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