Oceanographic modeller – Marine Scotland Science Department

We are currently seeking applications for an Oceanographic Modeller within the Marine Scotland Science Department based in Aberdeen. This is a Fixed Term Appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

This is a post to carry out numerical (hydrodynamic and bio-physical) modelling to develop a modelling framework for aquaculture applications in Scottish waters, in particular managing interactions between sea lice from fish farms and wild salmonids. This project is part of ongoing activities by Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), using hydrodynamic modelling tools developed by MSS for aquaculture development pre-screening and marine spatial planning. This work contributes to the strategic development of a regulatory framework with close involvement of SEPA and stakeholders (e.g. Farmed Fish Health Framework sea lice sub-group and Crown Estate Scotland).
This post in the dynamic Oceanography Group, which performs varied cutting-edge research, would have access to HPC facilities and advanced oceanographic instrumentation.  This is a unique opportunity to apply state of the art research on oceanographic modelling and analysis in a policy/regulatory context, with highly publishable outcomes.

Qualifications Required
A relevant postgraduate qualification in a mathematical, physical or any other relevant discipline with clear evidence of a strong numeric ability.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the qualification as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of development or use of hydrodynamic models and oceanographic data sets (preferably) or equivalent physical environmental data (e.g. meteorological models and data)
2. Knowledge and experience of scientific quality assurance procedures, scientific data handling and processing.
3. Expert knowledge of one or more high-level programming languages (e.g. C, Fortran, Matlab, Python, R).
4. Good verbal communication skills to ensure that you can work effectively within the team and engage with other scientists, policy colleagues and stakeholders.

Provisional sift and interview dates

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the ‘Zoom’ app by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Alejandro Gallego who can be reached at alejandro.gallego@gov.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on recruitment@gov.scot.


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