Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Physical Oceanography

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The preeminent scientific challenge of the 21st Century is to understand and quantify Earth’s current and future climate. The North Atlantic subpolar ocean is a potentially climate critical region that is closely coupled to the atmosphere, with strong dynamic connections to Europe, the tropical regions and to decadal climate variability. Observing and understanding the subpolar Atlantic circulation is therefore at the forefront of international research to predict and quantify the climate of Europe.

Over the next decade substantial resources from US and European Institutes will be deployed in the subpolar Atlantic and SAMS will be a major player in this effort. SAMS has a leading role in developing sustained observing programmes in the subpolar Atlantic through joint leadership of the UK NERC Extended Ellett Line Programme, North Atlantic Glider Base, European Framework Programme North Atlantic Climate Variability and the proposed multi-national Observing the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme.

SAMS also has a planned on-going recruitment strategy to continue building a research group for large-scale physical oceanography and climate.

We seek a Post Doctoral Research Associate to manage and develop SAMS expertise in basin scale ocean observations for climate and to become a future leader in the field.

The main duties of the position are:

To analyse historical and on going observations in the North Atlantic for the EU Programme North Atlantic Climate Variability;
This post has a focus on scientific research, but also requires an independent and practical scientist to help with the execution of the field programmes (ship and Glider-based).

General enquiries should be directed to Dr Stuart Cunningham, e-mail, tel: +44 (01631) 559336.

Further information is available on line, please click the APPLY button below. Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 23rd May 2013

More information here

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