Postdoctoral Fellow (Oceanographer)

The UAE Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at Masdar institute ( is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of physical oceanography. We are seeking an outstanding scientist who can apply well-developed skills in physical oceanography and numerical modeling to address issues in coastal and shelf-scale oceanography related to system connectivity, productivity and spatial-temporal dynamics. The successful candidate will be based at Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (, a part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, is the world's first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. The Institute's goal is to become a world-class research-driven graduate-level university, focusing on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. The Institute, which was created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Masdar Institute is situated in Masdar City (, an emerging global clean-technology cluster that aims to be one of the world's most sustainable urban developments, powered by renewable energy and providing students and researchers with a unique opportunity to live and learn in a true "living laboratory" environment.

The role of this position will be to define and initiate research into shelf-ocean interactions and coastal and shelf processes in Arabian Seas and Gulfs, especially the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The successful candidate will focus on improving the understanding of ocean circulation and the transport and fate of waterborne materials, and will also work closely with ocean color scientists in our group to observe and forecast adverse events in the marine environment, such as red tide, oil spills, and interpret the underlying mechanisms. The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Carrying out numerical modelling (both weather and hydrodynamic).
  • Implementation of hydrodynamic models in real-time operational platforms
  • Validating modelling software products in the Arabian Seas.
  • Running hydrodynamic modeling software such as such as ROMS, MITgcm, HYCOM on a Linux platform
  • Writing technical MATLAB and Python scripts.
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in physical oceanography or a related discipline preferably with some postdoctoral experience.
Required Experience
  • Strong scientific background and practical experience in physical oceanography and numerical modeling.
  • Experience in analyzing large observation datasets and model outputs to interpret oceanographic processes.
  • Strong programming skills in Matlab, IDL, Python C/C++, or FORTRAN.
  • Practical experience in running software on a Linux platform.
  • Detailed knowledge of one or more modelling software products such as ROMS, MITgcm or HYCOM.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research findings in peer reviewed journals.
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing/publishing, presentation, and communication in English.
Please note that all candidates should possess good English language skills and should be capable of working with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. The compensation package for this position is very competitive with annual tax-exempt net salary commensurate with experience and education. Additional benefits include: one-time moving allowance, free comprehensive medical coverage and other components.

The application package should include:
  • A cover letter summarizing experience and motivation for this position
  • Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae
  • Sample of relevant developed applications/products
  • A list of 2-3 potential referees
Applications should be submitted by email to Maryam Rashed Al Shehhi ( with "AD-OCEAN2018" in the subject. Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to start at the earliest possible date.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview.

posted: 3 April 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.