Research Associate in Coastal Seas Modelling

Vacancy Ref: 11539BR

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position (RA) within the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded £0.5million Sêr Cymru project: "Living with the Perfect Beast; establishing MixoHUB, a centre of excellence for mixoplankton research in Wales" led by Dr Aditee Mitra in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University.

This RA position in Coastal Seas Modelling is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the building of the new MixoHUB at Cardiff University. In this UN Decade of Ocean, the goal of MixoHUB is to explore how climate change and anthropogenic inputs will impact coastal ecosystems and thence ecosystem services. Through establishment of a unique and impactful research group, for combined empirical and in silico research on the new mixoplankton paradigm, this project will develop national and international capability at Cardiff University, in a globally important arena.

The role of the post holder is to implement plankton food-web processes into 3D biogeochemical descriptions of coastal seas. The application-site of this model will be the Welsh coastal seas from the Bristol Channel down to the Celtic Sea.

The post holder will work in collaboration with other MixoHUB associated staff in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the School of Engineering and the Water Research Institute.

In addition to the above duties, the post holder will be expected to produce work of publishable quality, present papers at national and international conferences, develop outreach opportunities related to the MixoHUB vision, and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a relevant subject (e.g., Oceanography, Marine Biogeochemistry) with expertise in marine-facing numerical modelling (e.g., NEMO, GOTM) and programming skills in Fortran and Python.

This position is full time (35 hours per week. The post is available from 1st June 2021 and is a fixed-term appointment until 31 March 2023.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Aditee Mitra, email:

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact John Evans, email:

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Closing date: Friday, 28 May 2021.

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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