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Hydrodynamic-Ecosystem Modeller

Full Time - Open Ended Appointment

£30,711 per annum

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is looking for two enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals to join our Marine Systems Modelling group.

PML’s modelling group undertake wide-ranging research on the function of marine systems and their response to climate change and other marine uses in support of sustainable and responsible ocean stewardship. We work at a variety of scales and locations ranging from local high resolution applications to global earth system and regional models, and collaborate widely within the UK and internationally. Our modelling work addresses a diversity of issues including carbon and nutrient cycling, eutrophication, deoxygenation, ocean acidification, aquaculture and fisheries, sediment biogeochemistry and renewable energy, see:

Skills and Experience:

  • Applicants will hold a PhD, or have a minimum of three years postgraduate experience or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
  • Must have experience of modelling complex systems  and a background in marine science is highly desirable, especially experience in marine ecosystem, biogeochemical or hydrodynamic modelling.
  • Ability in programming and computer skills (e.g. FORTRAN, PYTHON, LINUX, or similar) is required, mathematical and statistical skills, including ‘big data’ expertise would be advantageous.
  • Direct experience in the ERSEM marine ecosystem/biogeochemical model and the NEMO and FVCOM physical models is desirable.
  • Must have effective written and verbal communications skills and be able to communicate effectively and clearly with other areas of science in a highly interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience in authorship or co-authorship of peer-reviewed scientific papers and project reports is desirable.
  • The candidate will be able to work with minimal supervision and will have excellent time-management skills.

Successful applicants will work to develop and utilise our 3D marine biogeochemical / ecosystem models. The precise roles will be crafted to reflect the successful applicant’s interests, skills and abilities; for example the successful applicants could expand the coverage of the coupled modelling system into new ecotypes, focus on the maintenance and development of our coupled operational system or support the evolution of the ERSEM model to address new scientific challenges.