Research Associate in Ocean Modelling – University of Cambridge

An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge supported by a grant from the Moore Foundation to use ocean models to study the carbon sequestration potential of kelp forests. The successful candidate will have (or nearly completed) a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Oceanography, Earth Science, or a relevant discipline.

The successful applicant will join the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics under the primary supervision of Professor John Taylor ( and will work closely with project partners at the Kelp Forest Foundation ( and Kelp Blue ( 

The successful applicant will use an ocean model to study the coupled interactions between ocean physics, biogeochemistry, and kelp. The work will involve close collaboration with project partners at the Kelp Forest Foundation and Kelp Blue to study the carbon sequestration potential of a newly planted kelp forest in the Benguela upwelling system off the coast of Namibia. 

The overall aim of the project is to quantify the potential for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and sequestration through ocean reforestation and to identify potential impacts on biogeochemical cycles and natural primary production and carbon export. This will involve studying the transport of dissolved and particulate carbon and the exchange between waters over the continental and the deep ocean.

The successful candidate will work closely with Professor Taylor and other members of the project team to accomplish these goals. Experience with physical and/or biogeochemical ocean modelling is desirable. The successful applicant will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required. They must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts. The post holder may also be asked to assist in the supervision of student projects, the development of student research skills, provide instruction or plan/deliver seminars relating to the research area.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 24 months in the first instance.

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Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, a list of publications and a description of your recent research (not to exceed two pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Please quote reference LE30250 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We particularly welcome applications from women and/or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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