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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:28 pm 
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Scientist Position in Ocean Modeling (TvL 13) Physical Oceanography (Theory)

Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Ocean (ICBM),
University of Oldenburg, Germany

Applications are invited for a full-time permanent research position (TvL 13) as

Ocean Modeler (Physics)

to work on all aspects of ocean modeling, including (but not limited to) the application and further development of high-resolution hydrodynamic coastal ocean models. As these models contain sub-modules of wave action, sediment- and suspended particle dynamics, data assimilation and biogeochemistry the successful applicant must clearly demonstrate a broad understanding of the concepts involved.

Applicants must have a PhD in Physics or Physical Oceanography with a minimum of five years experience working with numerical models of the ocean and must have strong physical, mathematical and computational skills. Computational skills shall include excellent knowledge of F90/95, C, Matlab, UNIX and a working knowledge of basic parallelization software environments. Applicants are also required to have experience in three-dimensional unstructured grid modeling with finite-element or finite-volume models (e.g. FEOM, FVCOM, SUNTANS, UnTRIM) and unstructured mesh generation.

The successful applicant will work as part of a research team in the Physical Oceanography (Theory) group led by Prof. Jörg-Olaf Wolff and be in part responsible for research activities including application of the existing modeling systems (FVCOM-SWAVE, GETM, ROMS, etc.) to the East Frisian Wadden Sea (Southern North Sea) and other national or international coastal areas, algorithm design, validation of model results and presentation of scientific methods and results in publications and on international conferences. Besides having the skills of an excellent physical ocean modeler it is very much desired for the applicant to have already demonstrated practical knowledge of and involvement in interdisciplinary research tasks (e.g. groundwater modeling including biogeochemical tracers, ecological modeling concepts, etc.).

The successful applicant is also required to take a proactive role in acquiring third-party funding for the group’s ocean modeling activities and interdisciplinary applications in cooperation with various groups at ICBM that need ocean modeling support. As these funding agencies are either national bodies (BMBF, DFG, MWK, HLRN) or international bodies (EU, NSF, ARC) an excellent command of the German as well as of the English language is mandatory. The same language demands hold for the successful data acquisition from various national and international data centers (for forcing or validation of model results). Further duties include the co-supervision of BSc/MSc/PhD-students and contributions to the lecturing of undergraduate and graduate students.

The position is suited for part-time work. The University of Oldenburg is an equal opportunity employer seeking to increase the proportion of female academic staff members. Female applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. Disabled persons with equal qualification will be given preference.

Applicants must submit electronically (in pdf format via <wolff@icbm.de>) a CV including a list of publications (highlighting the 5 most important papers in their career), copies of academic transcripts for their academic degrees, statements of teaching and research interests, the names of two referees including their contact details (esp. phone number and email-address) and a cover letter addressed to:
Prof. Dr. Jörg-Olaf Wolff, Physical Oceanography (Theory), ICBM, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany

Preference will be given to complete applications received by March 1, 2012. Review of applications will begin immediately after that date and continues until the position is filled.

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