Marine System Modeller

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Marine System Modeller (Two Posts)

Salary range from £29520 - £34927 pa

Open Ended Appointment


Oceans and coastal seas form a vital part of the environment, currently providing many beneficial goods and services to mankind. Increasingly the fragile balance of marine systems is being disrupted by the impacts of climate change and other human activities. Dynamic marine system models provide a means of linking the complex interactions between climate, ecosystems and other marine uses in order to understand, predict and better plan for sustainable oceans.

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is a dynamic, highly innovative, independent and impartial provider of scientific research and advice on the marine environment. It hosts one of the largest and most energetic marine system modelling groups in the world. PML is a NERC Collaborative Centre and independent business with charitable status which has been an integral part of the UK’s strategic marine sciences & technology capability for over 30 years.

We are looking to appoint two enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals to join our marine system modelling team. If successful you will work on the development and application of marine ecosystem, biogeochemical and/or physical models, within a range of ongoing programmes.

You will have:

  • a PhD, or a minimum of three years postgraduate experience or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience of modelling complex systems and/or a background in marine science is highly desirable, especially experience in marine ecosystem, biogeochemical or hydrodynamic modelling.
  • Proven ability in programming and computer skills (e.g. FORTRAN, PHYTHON, LINUX, or similar) will be a definite advantage as will good mathematical and statistical skills. The model group primarily uses the ERSEM marine ecosystem/biogeochemical model and the NEMO and FVCOM physical models. Any direct experience in these systems would be very welcome.

Depending on experience, one of the successful applicants will work on applications using data assimilation in the context of large scale 3D modelling focusing on, e.g., the estimation of greenhouse gas fluxes, biogeochemical indicators of ecosystem health and parameters characterizing marine ecosystem processes. The work will involve the application of established and innovative data assimilation methods in the framework of ocean modelling (e.g., Ensemble Kalman filter, particle filters, NEMOVAR), exploiting observations from in situ and/or satellite platforms, using marine models ranging from shelf-sea to global scales.

The other will work with 3D fine scale modelling (FVCOM based) focussing on a variety of coastal and regional topics including offshore renewables, aquaculture, carbon capture and storage, impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine ecosystems and the response of coastal habitats to multi-stressors. The work involves implementing, evaluating and development of high resolution modelling systems that include hydrodynamics, sediment and ecosystem dynamics. Of particular interest is the development of models that resolve the interactions between physics and biology at all the relevant scales and the interpretation and scaling of these interactions for their use in marine management.

The successful applicants will contribute to national (NERC, BBSRC) and international programmes, including European H2020 and Copernicus projects, within a worldwide network of collaboration.

Please note: Interviews will be held in late July 2016


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