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Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography (Ocean Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet)

Physical Oceanography

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £30,395 to £34,189 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Saturday 20 July 2019
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1153419HN

The School of Ocean and Earth Science at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow in Physical Oceanography to pursue research on the mechanisms of ocean melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The position will focus on the analysis of novel satellite altimetric measurements of the Southern Ocean under ice and of high-resolution model simulations of the Amundsen Sea region. The main goals of the research will be to determine the key ocean dynamics controlling the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and to assess the skill of a state-of-the-art model in representing those dynamics.

The successful applicant will work as part of a U.K. - Japan team seeking to quantify the human influence on the rapid ocean melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, both in the past century and over future decades. The project team includes ocean and ice modellers and ocean observation specialists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the Japan Agency for Marine - Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Hokkaido University and NOCS. The NOCS team will work closely with all partners, and will participate in regular project meetings in the U.K. and Japan.

Applicants will have a PhD in physical oceanography (or a related field) with experience in the interpretation of oceanographic observations and / or model output. They will have good knowledge of ocean dynamics and strong quantitative and communication skills, and the ability to conduct innovative research leading to high-impact publications in international refereed journals.

The post is fixed term (2 years).

Applications will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato on 023 8059 2680, e-mail

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Geraldine Lewis (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 3562. Please quote reference 1153419HN on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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