Mercator Ocean is the French ocean analysis and forecasting centre. It designs, develops, operates and maintains state-of -the-art scientific numerical-modelling systems that are able to describe, analyse and forecast the state of the ocean in 3D, continuously and in real time. Mercator Ocean is a subsidiary of five major French institutions involved in the development of operational oceanography – CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Météo France and SHOM. Mercator Ocean’s activities include R&D, operational systems, expert forecasting and the services it provides to users around the world (scientists, public agencies, industry, etc.). The company is located at Ramonville Saint-Agne, near Toulouse.
In November 2014, the European Commission delegated the setting-up of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service to Mercator Ocean. The service has now been provided since spring 2015.
We currently have a 12-month fixed-term contract position open for an:
Oceanographer in Altimetry Observations Impact Studies (M/F)
to take part in developing our international projects. In the “Research and Development” department, you will develop methods to quantify the impact of large swath altimetry into an Atlantic and European analysis and forecasting system:
- You will contribute to the development of existing diagnostic tools designed to measure the impact of satellite observations in the analysis and forecasts. These diagnostics will specifically allow for measuring the contribution of large swath altimetry compared to conventional radar altimeters (nadir) onto the mesoscale oceanographic circulation.
- You will contribute to the scientific promotion of the impact studies through writing scientific publications and participating in project meetings, workshops and conferences at the national and international levels
After five years of higher education or a PhD with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience (including your thesis) in data assimilation and/or modelling of the physical ocean, you have strong expertise in oceanic modelling and/or data assimilation methods (NEMO being the modelling platform and SAM2 being the data assimilation system used at Mercator Ocean). Your advanced skills in oceanography include experience working in a Linux environment and a background using Fortran programming. You are rigorous, well-organised and responsive, and your skills and ideas will contribute to ambitious projects. Your ability to innovate and your findings will fit in the team’s work plan to optimize methods and systems. You speak and write English fluently.
Send your letter stating your reasons for applying, including a detailed CV as well as letters of recommendation with the reference 2016-05/RD/OAAL to: email@example.com no later than May 20 2016.