Physical Oceanographer – NIWA

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

What we’re looking for

NIWA is seeking an Oceanographer who will have a focus on observational physical oceanography of shelf sea systems including the understanding of processes such as coastal currents, eddies, stratification, mixing, boundary-layers, internal waves, river plumes and shelf-break mechanics. The work will extend to include interdisciplinary understanding related to the physics including projects with biological, ecological, sedimentation, biogeochemical focus.

The position will require significant quantitative observational skills and involvement in field work directed at understanding these processes in the Pacific/NZ EEZ regions.  The work requires familiarity with aspects of analysing data from a range of observational infrastructure which presently includes hydrographic moorings, ocean gliders, turbulence instrumentation and various vessel platforms as well as associated technical support.

What you will bring:

  • 5-10 yrs post PhD experience in Physical Oceanography – but we are open to exceptional applications outside that range
  • Experience in analysing observational data
  • Experience in connecting physical processes to biogeochemical/environmental/blue economy outcomes
  • Have a high level of understanding of physical processes in the oceans
  • Experience in proposing, planning, and carrying out research projects
  • Experience in documenting research.
  • Proven ability to clearly impart information verbally and in written form (e.g. technical reports and journal papers) to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Ability to manage research and/or consulting projects and lead multi-disciplinary teams
  • Scientific programming skills, with languages such as Python, R or Matlab

We don’t expect perfection in our candidates – if you think you have what it takes, but don’t meet every point referenced in the position description, please still get in touch!

NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.

NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and takes pride on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.,48801.html?fbclid=IwAR1dsLCVHnz5KFDY4RYVtl22MaVlgTkEUi_d_o67MsxcQsv5l1JSJVosaEQ

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