Physical Oceanography Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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The School of Marine Science and Engineering requires a highly numerate and computer literate physical oceanographer to work on the recently funded NERC project, FASTNEt (Fluxes across sloping topography in the north east Atlantic). The 4 year project aims to identify the exchange processes occurring across the continental shelf edge in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and quantify the fluxes that arise from them.

As part of this multi-institutional collaborative effort, you will primarily contribute to Work Package 2 that is led by Plymouth University and aims to investigate intermediate scale exchange processes occurring at the continental shelf edge. The principal source of data for this Work Package will be obtained during a cruise to the Malin Shelf in late 2013. You will assist in the preparation for this cruise and take an active role in acquiring data during it. You will then lead the post-cruise data processing and analysis and present the results in the scientific literature and at appropriate national and international meetings.

The post also requires providing assistance to Dr Alex Nimmo Smith in preparing the turbulence package aboard the newly developed Autosub Long Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for FASTNEt deployments, in addition to performing post-mission data processing.

Essential requirements of the post include a PhD in a science-based discipline, which will preferably be in physical oceanography or a closely related subject. Experience with Matlab or a similar programming language is required, as is experience of working with large datasets. It is desirable that you have previous experience of working at sea and with physical oceanographic data, especially CTD/ADCP and turbulence data. You should be able to work effectively in a team environment and possess good communication skills, both written and verbal. You must have a demonstrated ability to publish in high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals.

This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis for 3 years.

Interviews are likely to be held between Monday 30 April and Friday 11 May 2012.

Closing date: 12 midnight, Monday 26 March 2012.

To apply, please visit

Salary £31,020 to £35,938 pa – Grade 7
Ref: A2444

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