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ROMS numerical modeller, NIWA New Zealand

#1 Post by m.hadfield » Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:37 pm

Based in Wellington, New Zealand

Permanent, full-time

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. NIWA uses ROMS (Regional Ocean Modelling System) to describe and quantify processes in the open ocean and shelf-sea regions of New Zealand’s waters for a wide range of scientific research and commercial objectives.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and skilled numerical ocean modeller to consolidate, develop, and expand our present expertise and range of services with ROMS. As part of an interdisciplinary cross-campus team, the modeller will use ROMS, as well as available observations, to characterize transport and variability in the open ocean and coastal zones for New Zealand’s waters. The modelling will potentially also encompass dispersal (biota, oil, and sediment), biological productivity, biogeochemical transformation, and physical processes of critical importance to past, present and future states of the oceanic domain around New Zealand. The modeller will also be involved in the development and production of multi-scale boundary conditions for coast to embayment scale models.

With a PhD degree in oceanography and/or numerical ocean modelling, candidates should have experience in modelling oceanic processes with ROMS and modern analytical methods for analysing ocean model output and datasets. They should also have strong analytical skills; an excellent background in computing (Windows, Unix, Fortran, and a scientific scripting language such as Matlab, IDL or Python), along with proven ability to publish scientific papers in international, peer-reviewed journals and strong communication skills.

As an engaged team player, the successful candidate will enjoy working with project groups across NIWA's sites, communicating positively and productively with a wide range of staff. They will be self-motivated and results-orientated, conscientious and well organised, with a keen eye for detail.

We provide an excellent work environment, offer competitive remuneration and benefits, free parking and an attractive waterfront location at Greta Point.

Applications close on 12 January 2015.

A job description, online applications and further information about NIWA can be found at

For informal inquiries please contact Graham Rickard ( in Wellington.

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