Coastal Modeller - IRC246173

NOC, Liverpool
28,200 - 32,430 (depending on skills and experience)
Full time
Fixed term (2 years)

About Us

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of NERC, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

About the role

We seek a talented and enthusiastic Coastal Scientist to join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC in Liverpool, UK. You will work with numerical models of near-coastal environments to improve our understanding of shallow-water processes and land-sea interactions.

You will use a variety of numerical models to:

  • investigate circulation in complex delta systems
  • implement and develop a nearshore wave model
  • evaluate the performance of coupled hydrodynamic and wave models.

The work will involve strengthening UK national capability in coupled modelling and making important contributions to a NERC Knowledge-exchange programme and research with Bangladeshi partners in the Bay of Bengal.

The job purpose is to:

  • investigate circulation in complex delta systems, using unstructured model (FVCOM) outputs and particle tracking methods. Understand the sources of natural variability and impacts of human interventions and climate change in the Ganges delta. Collaborate with overseas partners in Bangladesh to design and deliver outputs suitable for local stakeholders and to inform policy
  • develop a nearshore wave model (SWAN) around a tidal energy test site. Combining SWAN and radar observations to improve wave maps in dynamic areas of fast currents. Interaction with renewables industry (through a NERC Knowledge exchange fellowship)
  • cover collaboration with the UK Met Office (UK Environmental Prediction programme): evaluating the performance of a coupled NEMO-WaveWatch III model, through comparison with remote sensing and in situ observations.

About you

It is essential that you have a degree in a numerate science, engineering or mathematics discipline and have achieved a PhD or have equivalent research experience in physical oceanography or other numerate environmental science.

You are expected to have experience in numerical ocean modelling, ideally in coastal environments.

Experience with unstructured models and spectral wave models is highly desirable.

You will be a skilled scientific programmer, ideally experienced with FORTRAN and familiar with writing code and scripts.

You should enjoy working in a collaborative environment and have excellent communication, oral, written and presentational skill, including experience in scientific writing.

Experience of handling and manipulating large data-sets is desirable.

What we offer

We offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 9th September 2018.

published: 06 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.