Postdoctoral Position – National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography (Turbulent Mixing over Mid Ocean Ridges) Physical Oceanography
Location: National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary: £28,695 to £35,256
Full Time Fixed Term, 2 1/2 years
Closing Date: Monday 30 November 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 621115HN

The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow in physical oceanography to pursue research on the dynamics of turbulent mixing over mid ocean ridges. The position will focus on the analysis of a range of novel measurements of small- and finescale processes collected over the Mid Atlantic Ridge in the subtropical North Atlantic within the RidgeMix (‘A nutrient and carbon pump over mid ocean ridges’) consortium. These observations will be conducted by a mooring array deployed for 1 year in the region, and by a dedicated research expedition in May – July 2016. They will involve a suite of innovative techniques, including the measurement of the rate of turbulent dissipation using ocean microstructure gliders.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team examining the physical processes relevant to the dynamics of turbulent mixing over mid ocean ridges and their impact on the vertical transport of nutrients and carbon in subtropical gyres. The RidgeMix project aims to solve the longstanding problem of how phytoplankton in these oligotrophic regions are supplied with nutrients. The RidgeMix group includes an active sea-going team, numerical modellers and theoreticians. The NOCS RidgeMix project team will work closely with scientists at project partner institutions both in the UK (NOC Liverpool, University of Liverpool, and University of Bangor) and the USA (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).

Applicants will have a PhD or equivalent in physical oceanography (or a related field) with experience in the interpretation of oceanographic observations. They will have good knowledge of ocean dynamics and strong quantitative and communication skills, and the ability to conduct innovative research leading to high-impact publications in international refereed journals.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato on 023 8059 2680, e-mail

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