Job offer (fixed term), Ocean modelling, Mercator Ocean

Mercator Ocean International is a pioneer in operational oceanography and has been committed for nearly 25 years to its public interest mission to preserve the oceans. Environment, biodiversity, climate change, blue economy, education: the scientific and societal issues related to the oceans are numerous. To meet these challenges, our mission is to describe, analyse and forecast the state of the global ocean in digital form, continuously, reliably and in real time, and to make this information relevant and accessible to all: public and commercial services, industry, political decision-makers, associations, NGOs, teachers and citizens. Mercator Ocean International thus combines scientific excellence and social commitment on a daily basis. As a non-profit company with multinational governance (ES, FR, GB, IT, NO), we benefit from the confidence of our nine shareholder partners, key players in the development of oceanography in Europe. For the past six years, Mercator Ocean International has been managing and implementing the “Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service” for the European Union, which offers free access to scientifically qualified operational information on the ocean to several thousand subscribers worldwide. To this end, the company runs a unique network of around a hundred partners in Europe, specialists in earth observation and ocean forecasting. Based in Toulouse in the south-west of France, the company has about a hundred of employees, all of whom are committed to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

We are looking for a 12-month fixed term contract, with a possible extension, to start as soon as possible:

Global Ocean Modelling Oceanographer (F/M)

As part of the “Innovation” team in the “Operational Oceanography” department and in partnership with the IMMERSE ocean modelling research project, you will implement a new numerical scheme for the advection of vertical layers. Based on your developments, you will perform sensitivity experiments to evaluate the impact of the new features on the new global 1/36° configuration of NEMO.

In particular, you will analyse the impact on the tidal solution and vertical mixing. You will apply diagnostics to quantify the contributions of these developments. You will ensure the distribution of data with the other partners of the IMMERSE project. You will participate in the drafting of IMMERSE project progress reports and in the dissemination of results.

Your Mission :

●You implement the advection scheme PPM in NEMO4.2.

●You perform simulations with the global 1/36° configuration with and without this new scheme, as well as with and without the new time advance scheme (RK3)

●You produce standard diagnostics and propose new ones to analyse the impacts, in particular for the tidal solution and for vertical mixing.

●You ensure the distribution of the analysed fields within the IMMERSE project.

●You produce reports on the developments carried out.

●You valorise the results obtained by participating in the drafting of project documents and by presenting the results in workshops.

Skills to succeed:

●After five years of higher education or a PhD level in physical oceanography, in ocean modelling; you are familiar with the use of ocean models.

●You have developed solid skills in oceanography, scientific computing, programming languages (in particular Fortran, Python) and in the use of supercomputers.

●Rigorous, used to working in a team, curious and open-minded, you wish to bring your contribution and ideas to ambitious projects and international collaborations to be developed.

●Your innovative skills and results will contribute to teams optimizing performance of methods and systems.

●You speak and write English fluently.

Send your letter stating your reasons for applying, including a detailed CV with the reference 2021-09/OO/OMOG to: no later than 30th October 2021.

Publication date: 30/09/2021