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Postdoctoral position – IFREMER

Applications for an 18-month postdoctoral position are invited from candidates with a recent PhD in physical oceanography or similar. The successful candidate will be based in IFREMER, Brest (France), and will join the“Ocean and Climate” team of the Laboratory of Physical and Spatial Oceanography (LOPS).

Project summaryThe sampling of the deep ocean (>2000 m) is primarily relying on intermittent shipborne surveys along sparse trans-basin hydrographic sections that cannot capture the full spectrum of oceanic variability. To overcome this issue and reduce the associated uncertainties on heat and freshwater ocean budgets, IFREMER and LOPS contribute to an international effort for the vertical extension of the Argo network towards the abyss – the Deep Argo network – by maintaining a regional pilot array in the subpolar North Atlantic. This region is key in the climate system since it is here that surface climate signals can enter the deep ocean interior, through the formation and vertical sinking of the North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW).

As part of the European project H2020 Euro-Argo RISE, the proposed work will combine newly available Deep-Argo profiles (Figure) and other observational datasets to obtain a better quantification and understanding of NADW intra-seasonal to decadal variability in the Irminger Sea. In parallel, the quality of Deep Argo data will be evaluated through an inter comparison of three different deep sensors mounted on a single three-headed float (Figure). On top of informing on the variability of the abyssal North Atlantic and its causes, these activities will provide a significant valorization of the Deep Argo dataset as well as crucial recommendation to the international community on technological choices for the global extension of the network.

Contract duration

18 months (open until filled)

Requirements

  • PhD in physical oceanography or related discipline (meteorology, applied mathematics)
  • Experience in analysis of observed data sets and/or model outputs
  • Good programming skills (Matlab, Python, or equivalent).
  • Skills in writing peer-reviewed scientific papers (English)

Interested candidates should send the following documents to damien.desbruyeres@ifremer.fr andvirginie.thierry@ifremer.fr: Curriculum Vitae (including publication record), a statement of previous research and motivations for the present project, and contacts of at least two referees). Candidates must be within 6 years after PhD defense and must not have been employed as a postdoctoral fellow by Ifremer before.

Starting date before 31st December 2019

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Postdoctoral Researcher – Georgia Tech

Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Oceanography at Georgia Tech

A postdoctoral position in physical oceanography is available at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. The postdoctoral researcher will work on a recently funded NSF project, Leveraging the AMOC arrays and models to understand heat and freshwater transports in the North Atlantic. The main goal of this study is to place observations from the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) observing system network into a basin-wide context in order to uncover the mechanisms governing heat and freshwater transports throughout the basin and into the Arctic. The study also aims to quantify, via observing system simulation experiments and optimal observing network design, the degree to which information contained in the AMOC arrays can constrain unobserved climate indices. 

The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of extension for another two years based on performance.

Job Responsibility:  The individual will be expected to conduct independent, high-quality research in physical oceanography; publish papers; and present work at national and international conferences.  The postdoctoral researcher will also work collaboratively with oceanographers at Georgia Tech and at the University of Texas-Austin on projects related to this grant.  Opportunities for cruise participation as part of the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (www.o-snap.org) will be available.

Qualifications: A PhD in physical oceanography or a related field is required by the time of appointment. A background in large-scale oceanography is preferable and experience with observing system simulations experiments and large observational and model data sets is desirable.  Strong oral and written communication skills are expected.

Start date: On or about December 1, 2019.

Salary: Commensurate with the individual’s experience and education.

Application Procedure/To apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interest, and the names and contact information of at least 3 references to susan.lozier@gatech.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Research Scientist – Georgia Tech

Research Scientist in Physical Oceanography at Georgia Tech

A research scientist position in physical oceanography is available at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. The research scientist will work collaboratively on a number of projects focused on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).  Specifically, the research scientist will work closely with Dr. Susan Lozier, the international lead for the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (OSNAP; (www.o-snap.org), on the study of: mechanisms responsible for heat and freshwater fluxes in the North Atlantic; deep water pathways throughout the Atlantic basin; and the impact of subpolar dynamics on the downstream signature of the meridional overturning circulation.  Additionally, the research scientist will work closely with postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in Dr. Lozier’s lab and coordinate communication among the OSNAP international and national partners. 

Job Responsibility:  The individual will be expected to conduct high-quality research in physical oceanography; publish papers; and present work at national and international conferences.  The researcher will also work collaboratively with oceanographers at Georgia Tech and elsewhere on projects related to OSNAP.  Opportunities for cruise participation as part OSNAP will be available.

Qualifications: A PhD in physical oceanography or a related field is required, as is at least two years of post-PhD research experience. A background in large-scale oceanography is preferable and experience with observational and model data sets is desirable.  Excellent organizational and collaborative skills are required and strong oral and written communication skills are expected.

Start date: On or about December 1, 2019.

Salary: Commensurate with the individual’s experience and education.

Application Procedure/To apply: Interested individuals should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interest, and the names and contact information of at least 3 references to susan.lozier@gatech.edu.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Research Associate positions – The Scottish Association for Marine Science

PDRA positions in Physical Oceanography Oban, Scotland

Fixed term appointment for 3 years

£27,285-£30,688per annum

The pre-eminent scientific challenge of the 21st Century is to understand the drivers of Earth’s climate. The North Atlantic subpolar ocean is closely coupled to Arctic, European and tropical regions through the atmosphere, and is strongly linked to decadal climate variability. At SAMS we are researching the physical processes of ocean-atmosphere interaction and circulation.

Position 1

SAMS has a leading role in developing sustained observing programmes in the subpolar Atlantic for example through joint leadership of the International Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme(http://www.ukosnap.org/ & http://www.o-snap.org/).OSNAP is a world leading subpolar transatlanticmooring arraypurposefully designed to elucidate links between Atlantic circulation and climate. You will be responsible for taking a leading role in analyzing observations from the NERC funded OSNAP programme.

We seek a Post Doctoral Research Associateto manage and develop SAMS expertise in basin scale ocean observations for climate and to become a future leader in the field. The main duties are:

  1. Contribute tothe preparation, planning and execution of CLASS research cruises and glider programme.
  2. Contribute to the deliveryof objectives in EU programmes.
  3. Lead and publish high quality peer-reviewed research.
  4. Form and maintain national and international relationships and collaborations.
  5. Travel to national and international meetings to present research findings.

Position 2

SAMS has a leading role in developing sustained observing programmes in the subpolar Atlantic for example through joint leadership of the recently funded £25M UK NERC Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science Programme. This position will contribute to making new observations (moorings and gliders) and research on the topic of Ocean Salinity and the Hydrological Cycle. You will also contribute to two EU H2020 programmes Blue Action (focused on lower latitude drivers of Arctic weather and climate) and ATLAS (understanding physical controls on Atlantic cold water coral ecosystems).

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:

  1. Contribute to the planning and execution of glider based field programmes.
  2. Lead and publish high quality peer-reviewed research.
  3. Form and maintain national and international relationships and collaborations.
  4. Travel to national and international meetings to present research findings.

For general enquiries about the position please contact: Prof. Stuart Cunningham at Stuart.Cunningham@sams.ac.uk or Prof Mark Inall on Mark.Inall@sams.ac.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 9th November 2018.

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant – University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean Modelling

University of Oxford
Department of Physics (Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics)
Grade 7 (£30,434 – £37,394)
Full time, fixed term, 32 months
Closing date: 30 September 2015
Job reference: 119325

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Ocean Modelling. This post is a UK contribution to the international “Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program” (OSNAP) and it is available for a fixed-term of 32 months.

The postholder will use a state-of-the-art ocean model and its adjoint to probe the sensitivity of the circulation of the subpolar North Atlantic to surface forcing anomalies and to anomalies observed by OSNAP in the ocean interior. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with OSNAP partners at Oxford, in the UK and internationally. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a doctorate in a physical, mathematical or computational science. Strong numerical modelling skills and proven track record of original research is essential. Previous experience in physical oceanography or climate physics will be an advantage.

Please direct informal enquiries to David Marshall (david.marshall@physics.ox.ac.uk) or Helen Johnson (helen.johnson@earth.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 30 September 2015 can be considered. You will be required to upload a CV, publication list, supporting statement and details of two referees as part of your online application. To apply, or for further details including the job description and selection criteria, please visit www.recruit.ox.ac.uk and search by vacancy number 119325.

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Assistant Scientist – NOAA/AOML

NOAA/AOML’s Physical Oceanography Division has announced the opening of three new positions. These positions are at the ZP3/ZP4 level (equivalent to GS12-14 level, or assistant to associate scientist with tenure).

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing studies and research to determine the effect of the ocean on the climate;
  • Designing, collecting, compiling, processing, analyzing and interpretating oceanographic data;
  • Preparing data reports and scientific articles; and,
  • Using knowledge of oceanographic sampling systems, applying this knowledge in problem solving and presenting results.

These positions can be found on USA jobs or by following the link below:

https://www.usajobs.gov/Search?Keyword=oceanography&Location=Miami%2C+Florida&search=Search&AutoCompleteSelected=true

These positions will remain open until June 15, 2015.

For more information about the division and a link to open positions can be found at:
http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/