Hydrodynamic Data Assimilation Modeller


MetOcean Solutions is a science-based consultancy and forecast supplier providing specialist numerical modelling and analytical solutions in meteorology and oceanography. Based in New Plymouth and Raglan (New Zealand) our international team works on projects and data analysis world-wide. We passionately believe in rigorous scientific method and in applying the latest information technology to data services.

A medium-sized company, MetOcean Solutions occupies several niche consultancy and service roles and has a rapidly growing forecast and hindcast sector. We are currently seeking a talented Hydrodynamic Data Assimilation Modeller to join our team.

Our employees enjoy an open-office, upbeat culture within a small coastal town on the North Island of New Zealand, 2 hours from Auckland. Our company atmosphere promotes a hard-working environment, supported by flexible hours to ensure a healthy work-life balance. We encourage our people to bring fresh ideas to the table, rise to any challenge, and remain passionate about our products and the company mission.

We are seeking a self-starter to work in our multi-disciplinary R&D environment. Your role will be to lead the development, implementation and application of advanced methods for data assimilation in marine hydrodynamic models to support various projects undertaken by MetOcean Solutions. The role also includes participation in the MetOcean Solutions operational ocean forecasting team, with particular focus on hydrodynamic modelling, ocean prediction and data analysis.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a growing environment with an interesting and challenging mix of science and technology.

Qualifications: PhD and documented research experience in hydrodynamic modelling, preferably in a coastal application.

To apply you must have the following skills and experience:
  • Outstanding expertise with hydrodynamic models (preferably ROMS).
  • Experience in Data Assimilation techniques (preferably variational methods, e.g. 3D-Var/4D-Var)
  • Thorough understanding of ocean circulation dynamics.
  • Proficiency working with and organising large geophysical datasets.
  • Excellent programming ability, including proficiency in Fortran, Matlab or Python, and NetCDF.
  • Experience working in a Linux environment.
  • Strong technical and scientific writing skills in English, with the ability to communicate complex science to a range of audiences.
Experience with the following would be beneficial, but not essential:
  • Involvement in an operational forecasting environment.
  • Working in a remote High Performance Compute environment.
  • Experience with wave or unstructured grid modelling
  • Knowledge of machine learning techniques
Our ideal candidate would demonstrate the following characteristics:
  • Good overall knowledge of ocean dynamics and numerical modelling.
  • Integrity and high standards.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Enjoys being part of a team that moves quickly.
  • Effective decision-making skills.
  • A quick learner with a "can do" attitude.
  • Methodical approach to problem solving.
  • An ability to prioritise tasks and manage projects in a timely fashion.
  • A supportive and positive attitude.
  • A curious mind that will encourage exploration.
Please note before you apply: This role is a permanent full-time position, but hours can be flexible to suit your lifestyle. Pay is based on skill and experience. The job position is in our Raglan Office, New Zealand. Applications close on October 20, 2017. More information can be found at: http://www.metocean.co.nz/careers/

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and CV to: careers@metocean.co.nz

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published: 15 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.