Postdoc Position for the project MyOcean

The Institute for Coastal Research in Geesthacht, near Hamburg, Germany, invites applications for a 3-year Postdoc Position (m/f) for the project MyOcean (Prototype Operational Continuity for the GMES Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Service, The place of employment is Geesthacht, Germany.

The department of Data Analysis and Data Assimilation at the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht hosts a number of highly motivated end experienced researchers in the field of numerical modelling of regional coastal circulation, surface waves, sediment transport, data assimilation and remote sensing.

The department is partner in MyOcean, and the leader of R&D Work package, which aims at undertaking common scientific and technological developments. Among the major tasks are

  • regional applications of the NEMO modelling framework,
  • developing improved data products and advanced assimilation methods enabling objective assessment of uncertainties in state estimates and predictions,
  • coupling the ocean and wave models in a regional forecast environment.

Specific tasks of researcher will include NEMO developments in European tidal and semi enclosed basins (North Sea and Baltic Sea). The researcher will also develop new data exploitation strategies, investigate the complementarities between different data sources (e. g. coastal HF-radars, remotely-sensed ocean colour, FerryBox) and the outcome of their use in operational services. In the field of regional ocean-wave coupling impact assessment of the coupling with focus on shallow water will be provided, as well as analysis of the impact on forecasts.

The successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Mathematics, Physical Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or related disciplines. A strong background in modelling and programming, in particular ocean and/or atmosphere models is desirable. Good skills in scientific programming (FORTRAN) as well as working with computers (Unix/Linux) are expected, as well as good knowledge of the English language (written and oral).

Appointment will begin as soon as possible.

Application deadline: 21 March 2012

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