Jobs for Oceanographers

Jobs at SANGOMA partner locations


Postdoctoral position available at the GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research group (University of Liege, Belgium) Numerical ocean models have contributed significantly to improve our understanding of the dynamics of the ocean. However such models are only approximations, and observations are needed to reduce the uncertainty of these models. Data assimilation allows to combine model results and observations in a statistically optimal way. The GHER participates in European and Belgian projects aiming to apply data assimilation techniques to complex coupled models and assimilation of new data types (such as surface currents measurements). The GHER develops also advanced data analysis approaches for satellite and in situ data. In the frame of these projects, a postdoctoral position is opened. The tentative start date of the contract will be the 1st May 2014. The position requires a degree in civil engineering, physics, applied mathematics or related field. The applicant is expected to have some experience with ocean models (such as ROMS), statistics or data processing. She/he should also have experience in programming (using languages such as Fortran, Matlab/Octave, C/C++ or Python). Good English skills (oral and written) are also required. The salary of this full time position will depend on the qualifications of the candidate. The contract will cover a period of one year. The contract might be extended depending on progress and the availability of new funding. Interested persons are invited to submit an application dossier consisting of a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae with full contact information, copies of diplomas and their PhD thesis to our secretary C. Peelen ( The review of applications is open and will continue until the position is filled.


Two-year post-doctoral position in coastal ocean modelling and data assimilation at LEGOS (Toulouse, France) A 2-year post-doctoral position in physical oceanography is open at the Laboratoire d'Etudes en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiales (LEGOS, Toulouse. The candidate will join the regional/coastal ocean modeling and data assimilation team, in a coastal project in the Bay of Biscay (North-East Atlantic). The objective of the project is to setup and test a method for dynamical downscaling with assimilation of local data. The approach will use and extend an existing Ensemble Kalman Filter data assimilation code developed at LEGOS (SEQUOIA, De Mey). We will use the ocean circulation 'S' model developed by P. Marsaleix (Laboratoire d'Aerologie, Toulouse. The candidate will set-up the configuration, adapt the interface between SEQUOIA and the ocean model, work on the ensembles generation and perform the assimilation runs. The candidate is expected to analyze the results with the team, provide physical interpretation and communicate about his/her work (conference, paper). The candidate will work in close collaboration with Drs Nadia Ayoub and Pierre De Mey. We are searching for a PhD holder in oceanography/atmospheric sciences with a solid experience in numerical modeling. An experience and interest in data assimilation would be desirable. The net salary will vary between 1850 Euros and 2000 Euros per month, depending on qualification and experience. The position is open from March 2014 on. Applications including CV and recommendation letters should be sent by email to N. Ayoub:


A post-doc position in data-assimilation is (or will be openened soon). Please contact
Two Ph.D positions are also available: Description theme 1, Description theme 2


The Mohn-Sverdrup Center / Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) has the following position open:
- Researcher position in modeling and data assimilation
Deadline 1th June
See below for more details, and my apologies for cross-postings.
Regards, Laurent Bertino
NERSC offers a 2-years researcher position in the Mohn-Sverdrup Center, with possibilities for prolongation. The position will be part of a team work to further develop and validate the TOPAZ ice-ocean assimilation system ( for the high latitudes and Arctic Ocean. TOPAZ uses the HYCOM ocean model, coupled with a sea ice model, an ecosystem model and the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF ( ) for assimilation of both remote sensing and in-situ data. TOPAZ is established as the Arctic forecasting component of the European funded MyOcean project and is exploited for operational use at A 20-years reanalysis is also being completed with the same system. The goal of the position is to carry out innovative methodological developments of the TOPAZ system, taking advantage of its ensemble formulation. In particular the EnKF can estimate jointly the sytem state variables and constant model parameters. The applicant will extend this approach to the estimation of parameters of the sea ice model, accounting for the Lagrangian motions of the sea ice. Another task will be to evaluate the potential impact of assimilating new data streams, as from gliders, and suggest optimal deployment strategies. The candidate should be able to interprete the output from realistic coupled ice-ocean models and publish the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals. We are seeking a candidate with a PhD in applied mathematics or oceanography, with practical experience in numerical ocean modelling and a strong technical background in parallel programming (preferably in Fortran). Experience in data assimilation or polar oceanography is a plus. The salary will be according to experience. The Nansen Center is an independent non-profit research foundation affiliated with the University of Bergen. For equal level of qualifications, female applicants will be given priority. The Nansen Center conducts basic and applied environmental and climate research with a focus on the Arctic environment using numerical modeling, remote sensing and data assimilation techniques.

University of Reading

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Reading, U.K.
Postdoctoral research scientists in data assimilation (6 positions)
The Data Assimilation Research Centre at the University of Reading is seeking 6 postdoctoral research scientists to work on a series of projects related to the initialization of coupled atmosphere-ocean models and ensemble data-assimilation methods. The posts are fixed term for between 2 and 3.5 years. Further information on the projects and details as to how to apply are available from
Une position is specifically linked to SANGOMA: Description.

Older announcements, possibly still open


The Mohn-Sverdrup Center / Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) has two positions open:
- One Researcher position in data assimilation for coupled ice-ocean models
- One PhD or post-doc position in sea ice modeling
Deadline 10th November 2011 for both.
See below for more details, and my apologies for cross-postings.
Regards, Laurent Bertino