Research Scientist, Dynamics of the Coastal Ocean – Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer

The Laboratory for Ocean Physics and Satellite remote sensing  ( ) is a joint laboratory (UMR) of several French scientific institutions (IFREMER, CNRS, University of Brest, IRD) with about hundred researchers, engineers, technicians or students.

The Coastal Ocean Team gather scientist working on marginal and coastal sea dynamics and its interactions with ecosystems

Our main topics are :

  • Waves dynamics on the shelf (e.g. tide, internal tides, coastal trapped waves.
  • Wind forced dynamics ( e.g. upwelling, coastal jets)
  • Frontal dynamics and associated (sub-)mesoscales processes or air-sea coupling (e.g. river plumes, thermal fronts)
  • Interactions with the topography (outflows , slope currents, coastal jets …)
  • Interactions of the dynamics with ecosystems at small scales and (or) at climatological scales

These topics are addressed, numerically, by in situ and remote sensing measurements, on coastal or regional areas with contrasting processes such as the extended continental shelves of the Bay of Biscay, the Newfoundland Shelf or the Senegalese Petite Côte, the straits of the Arabian Sea, or the steep bathymetries of the Mediterranean or the western coast of South-Africa.

Recent advances in both coastal ocean observations and numerical modeling have revealed a wide variety of small-scale processes, ranging from a few tens of metres and a few hours to about ten kilometres and a few days and impacting the ecosystems.

The challenge is to develop an understanding these meso- and sub meso-scale processes, to rationalize their study, and to develop the conceptual framework necessary for the interpretation of observational data as results of numerical simulations.

He/she will participate in the scientific activity in the “coastal team” and may be led to exchange and collaborate with researchers from the “ocean-atmosphere-wave interactions and remote sensing” team, “ocean scale interaction” team or “ocean and climate” team.

General areas of responsibility

The applicant will participate in the study of (sub)-mesoscale processes present in the coastal or continental shelf environment (e.g. thermohaline front, river plume, tidal front, upwelling, slope current, instabilities, internal waves, shelf waves, horizontal and vertical turbulences, eddies… ).

He/she will also pay attention to the multidisciplinary valorization of his/her work (e.g. impact on ecosystems or sediment transport)

In case of relevant scientific issues, He/She will focuses in priority on the dynamics of the French coastal marine areas (English Channel, Bay of Biscay, North Western Mediterranean Sea or Overseas Region).

Principal activities

  • initiate and animate research projects on coastal seas
  • propose interpretations of the results from field or numerical experiment.
  • write scientific publications.
  • include his/her work in National, International or European calls and thus participate in the funding of research projects.
  • supervise students (PhD , Post-Doctorate…)

Collaborative work environment

Internal collaborative relationship: 

The applicant will  take advantage of the local research environment collaborating in the multidisciplinary environment of IFREMER  and participating to the scientific discussions in the framework of the LOPS.

External collaborative relationship:

  • An ability to work in national or international network is expected
  • Desired skills and experience
  • Phd, Postdoc (or equivalent) in Physical Oceanography, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics or Meteorology is required.
  • First experiences will be appreciated (At least postdoctoral positions).

Required knowledge, skills, and characteristics

  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Skill in coastal physical oceanography
  • Interest for process studies related to in-situ measurements
  • Ability to conduct process studies using numerical and/or analytical tools.
  • Writing and communicating in English (French would be appreciated)

Human qualities:

  • Team working
  • Ability to dialogue with collaborators from other disciplines
  • High autonomy
  • Creativity

All applications are processed exclusively via our website.

At this first stage, the applicant will describe in his or her cover letter (one page maximum) how he or she will fit in his or her future team and what he or she will bring as approaches or innovations.

Selected candidates will be invited to write a scientific project (4 pages).The coherence with the roadmap of the coastal team and of Ifremer will be discussed during an interview.

Direct and early contact with the Coastal Ocean Team trough its manager is also recommended:

About the employer

The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Ifremer ), through its research work and expert advice, contributes to the knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manages oceanographic databases.

Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature. It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Ifremer undertakes research missions, offers expert advice and acts as a funding agency.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Partnerships may be public, private or a combination of the two.

Ifremer works in a network with the French scientific community, also collaborating with international partner organizations, in the frame of several national and international projects, including contractual activities.

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Physical Oceanographer, Ocean Glider Scientist – National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool

Starting Salary: £28,200 – £32,430 (Band 6) £35,222 – £40,505 (Band 5)

Full time (37 hours)

Fixed term (24 months)

About the role:

The Natural Environment Research Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entitythat brings together nine partnersto 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 NOC has taken a leading role in the use of autonomous vehicles for ocean research and invested in a dedicated national facility managing over 30 marine robots. We are currently seeking a talented physical oceanographer to join the growing team of scientists and engineers at the NOC working with these robots to undertake a broad range of multi-disciplinary research in high-latitude, temperate and tropical regions, from the coast to deep ocean. This position will focus on using data from ocean gliders and other AUVs to develop improved understanding of the mixing mechanisms that control the physical structure of our seas and the biogeochemical and climate implications. This work will be done as part of a multidisciplinary team at the NOC alongside UK and international partners.

This role will support the AlterEco ( project, which is currently undertaking a 14-month continuous deployment of ocean gliders in the North Sea and includes specialist turbulence, ADCP and nutrient sensors to investigate the physical and biogeochemical functioning of coastal and shelf seas. This role will expand into the Arctic as part of a series of projects working with international partners investigating water mass modification around Iceland and Svalbard shelf and shelf break regions.

Applications are particularly encouraged from researchers interested in turbulence and mixing in the upper ocean and ocean interior and the subsequent impacts on fluxes in the ocean surface boundary layer and pycnocline.

While the initial appointment is for 24 months, there is potential for extended funding to investigate water mass formation and mixing in the Arctic as new developments in under-ice navigation with AUVs are developed at the NOC.

Suitably experienced or talented applicants will have the opportunity to develop this role as a PI and establish their own research interests at the NOC.

About you:

You will have a strong background in ocean physics (PhD or equivalent experience) with a proven track record of publishing your work in peer reviewed international journals. You will have extensive experience of processing and analysing observational ocean data and have suitable coding skills to develop your own solutions to emerging problems associated with processing complex, multi-variable datasets from multiple platforms.

Preferably, you will have experience of working at sea and overseeing deployment of instrumentation on both small and large vessels. Applicants with experience in processing and analysing shear and temperature microstructure data are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience working with data collected from ocean gliders would also be highly desirable.

Other information:

This position will include seagoing duties in the North Sea and Arctic regions, potentially for several weeks duration. Overseas and national travel will also be necessary to attend project meetings and conferences.

The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6) or £35,222 and £40,505 per annum (Band 5).

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. This position will be based in Liverpool as part of the Coastal Ocean Processes group.

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit

What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and low cost car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr. Matthew Palmer via email at

Closing date:  6th July 2018

**Interviews will take place during the week commencing 23rd July. Appointment may start from August 1st 2018 and no later than October 1st 2018

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).

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Researcher in Estuarine dynamics and sediment transport – University of Oregon

Researcher position: Estuarine dynamics / Sediment transport / Numerical modeling
Supervisor: Dave Sutherland, University of Oregon (
Location: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA
Duration: 1 year, with a possibility of extension
Topic: Estuarine dynamics and sediment transport in Coos Bay, Oregon
Description: Coos Bay, Oregon, is a seasonal estuary located in the PNW, embedded within the California Current System. Inside Coos Bay lies the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, the site of decades of water quality monitoring and restoration efforts. However, the greater Coos Bay estuary is heavily influenced by human activity, such as dredging. An ongoing project is examining the underlying estuarine dynamics and what controls sediment transport within the Bay. The successful applicant will enjoy opportunities to further develop high-resolution numerical simulations of the estuary, analyze and interpret model output, communicate results to local stakeholders, and work with an expert team including Dr. Dave Ralston (WHOI) and Dr. Emily Eidam (UNC-Chapel Hill).

We seek a researcher with strong quantitative skills, preferably with experience in one or more of the following: numerical ocean modeling, estuarine sediment dynamics, or observational estuarine oceanography; although all candidates with physical oceanography, environmental fluid dynamics, or sediment dynamics backgrounds will be considered. The primary research tool will be a numerical ocean model (FVCOM) coupled with observations. The successful applicant should have a MSc degree (at minimum) in a related-discipline. Applicants should have some experience with computational/data analysis methods (e.g., MATLAB, Python, FORTRAN), a record of good written and spoken communication skills, and a collaborative attitude. Applicants with PhDs are welcome to apply; possibilities exist to turn this into a postdoctoral experience if desired.

To apply: Please send 1) a cover letter that states your interests and 2) a curriculum vitae, which should list information for three references, to Dave Sutherland ( Review of applicants will begin ASAP, and continue until the position is filled. The successful applicant will join a vibrant interdisciplinary group ( The position is for one-year initially.

The setting: Located 110 miles south of Portland, the University of Oregon has an enrollment of over 25,000 students. The Eugene metro area (pop. 215,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. We are about an hour’s drive from both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains. The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired. 

For more information, contact Professor Dave Sutherland (

Postdoctoral Researcher in Coupled Climate Dynamics – UC Santa Barbara


The Stevenson Lab in the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management School at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is recruiting a postdoctoral research scientist to work on questions related to climate variability and change, and the associated influences on marine and/or terrestrial environments.

Examples of potential projects include:
-Dynamics of drought events in future climate change scenarios
-Physical controls on the response of the El Nino/Southern Oscillation to external forcing
-Improving constraints on past tropical variability using paleoclimate proxy information .

Postdoctoral researchers may also work with the PI to develop new research projects.

Basic Qualification: A PhD in atmospheric, oceanic, or climate science or a related field is required by the time of appointment.

Additional: experience working in Linux/Unix environments and programming in R, Matlab, Python, NCL, and/or FORTRAN.

Desirable: candidates with experience working with output from and conducting simulations with ocean and/or climate models will be given preferred consideration.

The initial term of the appointment will be 12 months, with the possibility of subsequent extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Start date would be Oct 1, 2018.

To apply, please upload a cover letter, CV, statement of research and contacts for at least three references to .

Email with any questions related to the position.

Applications completed on or before 7/9/2018 will receive primary consideration. Position is open until filled.

The school is especially interested in candidates who contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Santa Barbara, CA


More information about this recruitment:


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 references required (contact information only)

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Physical Oceanography Modelling Researcher – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Ecosystems and Ocean Science 
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) 

Closing date: 26 June 2018 – 23:59, Pacific Time


Your role in this position will be to acquire and provide knowledge, concepts and methodologies in physical oceanography modelling, on behalf of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s objectives for ensuring the conservation of fisheries and aquatic resources, as well as providing safe and secure waterways. You will design and carry out independent, collaborative, and original scientific research and be responsible to provide scientific knowledge, data, information, analysis, advice and recommendations to scientists and managers within the Department and to other external organizations including the general public.

Specific aspects of the duties include:
– Contribute to the development of regional ocean models at basin, coastal and nearshore scales based on a state-of-the-art community ocean modelling platform;
– Improve the performance of existing regional models within Fisheries and Oceans Canada;
– Evaluate model performance through joint analysis of model results and observational data
– Lead or collaborate with scientists participating in related research and development projects;
– Provide external collaborators with technical support and advice; and
– Write peer-reviewed scientific articles and prepare scientific documents for publication in the form of in-house technical notes and presentations.

Work environment

Located on the shores of the Bedford Basin in Dartmouth Nova Scotia, the Bedford Institute of Oceanography – also known as BIO – is Canada’s largest centre for multi-disciplinary ocean research. BIO is a modern oceanographic research facility, established in 1962 by the Federal Government of Canada. The Institute performs targeted research to provide peer-reviewed advice and support to government decision making on a broad range of ocean issues, including sovereignty, safety and security, environmental protection, the health of the oceans, safe and accessible waterways, the sustainable use of natural resources (fisheries, minerals, oil & gas) and the integrated management large ocean management areas.

Our department is really, REALLY, interesting. Follow Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube Channel. You won’t be disappointed!

Come join DFO for the opportunity to be a part of something bigger!

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


  • Graduation with an acceptable Doctoral Degree from a recognized university with a specialization in physical oceanography or in a related discipline with pertinent experience in physical oceanography modelling. Degree equivalency


  • Experience in conducting independent research in the modelling in physical oceanography using primitive equation ocean models running parallel processing computers (Graduate school research for M.Sc. or Ph.D. thesis is not considered sufficient to meet this criteria)
  • Experience in research and development using structured grid ocean models such as, but not limited to, NEMO, ROMS, MOM, POP, MITgcm
  • Experience in using observations for the purposes of model analysis or verification
  • A minimum of two years postdoctoral or work experience doing independent research in physical oceanography or ocean modelling
  • Experience in presenting research findings at scientific workshops or meetings
  • Experience in authoring scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals with at least two papers in the last 5 years including at least one as the lead author in physical oceanography or ocean modelling

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

– Knowledge of the basic principles, methodologies and theories in physical oceanography
– Knowledge of the basic principles and practices in numerical modelling
– Knowledge of the basic principles and methods of data analysis

– Ability to design and carry out independent, collaborative, and original scientific research
– Ability to analyze science issues and provide advice and recommendations
– Ability to communicate effectively in spoken English
– Ability to communicate effectively in written English
– Ability to plan, organize and establish priorities
– Ability to manage scientific projects

Personal Suitability:
– Judgment
– Dependability
– Effective Interpersonal Skills
– Leadership

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • Experience in developing or leading collaborative research
  • Experience in writing proposals to fund research
  • Experience in research of the Northwest Atlantic

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Postdoc opening – Brown University

A new opportunity has arisen to extend the Dedalus framework (see for the Direct Statistical Simulation of partial differential equations (PDEs) in multi-scale physics and fluid dynamics (see for instance The project (funded by the European Research Council) is to work with the Dedalus developer team (specifically Geoff Vasil, Jeff Oishi and Keaton Burns) together with Profs. Steven Tobias (Leeds) and Brad Marston (Brown) to provide a flexible package to generate and solve systems of equations for the statistical properties of fluid flows in Cartesian, spherical and cylindrical geometries. The project would involve utilising Python’s functionality to derive the relevant mathematical equations and using Dedalus’ highly accurate machinery to solve the resulting systems. 

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Associate or Senior Editor – Nature Geoscience

Job Title: Associate or Senior Editor

Department: Nature Geoscience

Location: London or Berlin

Do you love science but feel that a career as a scientist isn’t enough to sate your desire to learn more about the natural world? Do you enjoy reading papers outside your chosen area of research? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, you could be the person we are looking for to join the editorial team of Nature Geoscience. Read more ›

Software Engineer – NCAR

Job Description

Software Engineer I (Data Analytics)

This is a full-time, 2-year term position with possibility of extension. This position will be posted until 4 pm on June 13, 2018 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received. Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

No relocation package is offered for this position.

UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

Where You Will Work

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.

What You Will Do

The Pangeo project ( is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded effort to develop a scalable solution for analyzing extremely large Atmosphere / Ocean / Land / Climate (AOLC) datasets on high-performance computing (HPC) and commercial cloud environments (e.g., Amazon EC2, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, etc.).  The Pangeo platform is built around three Open Source projects: Dask, Xarray, and Jupyter.  It is developed by an international Open Source development community that collaborates and communicates via Github. Read more ›

INSTAAR Institute Director – University of Colorado Boulder

INSTAAR Institute Director – 13606

The University of Colorado Boulder seeks applications for the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). The successful candidate will also be a tenured or tenure-track professor in a department appropriate to the candidate’s training and interests. The University expects applicants to have an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in cold-regions research, and an established or emerging record of scientific leadership and managerial ability. The Director is INSTAAR’s Chief Executive Officer, with primary responsibility for leadership by providing vision and strategies for the future, and by overseeing its management and financial operations. The position reports to the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation. Candidates must be able to balance the management of the Institute with a vigorous research program and a commitment to training the next generation of diverse interdisciplinary environmental scientists.

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Strategies on How to Thrive in Soft Money Positions – CERF Webinar

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 1:00 PM2:00 PM EDT

Webinar Description:

Soft money positions are prevalent across many scientific organizations, but where does the money come from? What are factors to consider when starting—and maintaining a soft money position? Dr. Julie Huber, Associate Scientist in Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will provide strategies on how to thrive in a fast-paced, research environment. Make sure to come with questions!

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