Senior Ocean Modeller/Software Developer – University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth is leading a major project to deliver a new Ocean Forecasting Centre in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). The project is based on modelling, observations, data analysis and predictions of the physical marine environment in the Northern Indian Ocean carried out by the Plymouth Ocean Forecasting Centre (POFC) in collaboration with the Met Office and other partners. Employment for this post is through University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Plymouth.

This is an exciting chance to be part of a progressive and cutting-edge University  in a beautiful location, where you can really make a difference.

Based in the Plymouth Ocean Forecasting Centre (POFC), you will be responsible for the development, set up, evaluation and delivery of high resolution ocean models, mainly those based on the NEMO (Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean) codebase.

You will contribute to the upgrade, recalibration and error correction, where necessary, of the NEMO ocean models already developed in Plymouth and installed in Abu Dhabi, and also contribute to the development of other software products. You will be responsible for warranty support of the software products already developed by POFC. The job will require knowledge of, and ability to modify FORTRAN and Python code. You will also need to have expertise in the use of numerical models of ocean circulation, or equivalent related expertise. Experience of computer programming on LINUX-based systems in a number of programming languages is essential as well as knowledge of parallel computing on an HPC cluster. Knowledge of NEMOVAR or a similar data assimilation software is desirable.

You may be assigned to the wider work of POFC as appropriate. This will in turn provide developmental opportunities for you and help broaden your experience. The role involves working visits to the Ocean Forecasting Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

Key Accountabilities include:

  • Use the high resolution ocean models to forecast and hindcast the state of the ocean including temperature, salinity, currents, sea level height and other parameters.
  • Conduct tests using numerical models to investigate the structure, properties and dynamics of the ocean.
  • Develop and apply numerical models and techniques to assist in the solution of scientific problems.
  • Research, interpret and analyse complex data using a variety of systems.
  • Develop technical documentation for the software.
  • Contribute to the training of UAE staff including the planning, delivery and evaluation of a programme of skills development.

The responsibilities of this post may be amended by the Project Lead within the general scope and level of the post.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Prof Georgy Shapiro by email gshapiro@plymouth.ac.uk or by telephone on 01752 584721.

Interviews are likely to take place on 12 February 2020 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.

This is a full-time position contract working 37 hours per week on a fixed-term basis until 31 October 2021 due to funding with the potential for extension.

The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce, for example black and minority ethnic groups.

University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.

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