https://nf-pogo-alumni.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NANO-logo-outlines-300x81.png 0 0 Lica Krug https://nf-pogo-alumni.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/NANO-logo-outlines-300x81.png Lica Krug2018-03-01 23:51:292018-03-01 23:51:292-year post doc position in marine environment forecasting at the Modelling for Aquatic Systems research group (MAST) - University of Liège, Belgium.
Job offer in marine environment forecastingA 2-year post doc position is available at the Modelling for Aquatic Systems researchgroup (MAST) of the University of Liège (ULiege) (Belgium). MAST is devoted to thedevelopment of ocean numerical models for understanding, forecasting andmanaging the ocean. The position is offered in the frame of the European UnionCopernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). The CMEMS providesstate-of the-art analyses and forecasts of the ocean state each day combininginformation from observations (both satellite and in-situ) and numerical oceanmodels. This information is freely available to a wide community of users offering anunprecedented capability to observe, understand and anticipate marine environmentevents. The MAST is part of the Black Sea marine forecasting centre (BS-MFC) as aproduction unit for the biogeochemistry of the Black Sea.The post doc will have to work on the research and development part of thebiogeochemical operational model of the Black Sea. He/she will have to make thenecessary adaptations and fine tuning of an existing biogeochemical model (BAMHBIfor Biogeochemical Model for Hypoxic and Benthic Influenced Areas) (already run inoperational) in lines with new expectations and for further fine tuningthe quality ofthe results. In particular, a submodule describing the dynamics of carbonate systemsadapted to the oxygen deficient conditions of the Black Sea will have to be developedand coupled with BAMHBI. Multidecadal simulations will be performed and modelskills will be thoroughly assessed using in-situ (e.g. Argo floats) and satellite (e.g.Sentinel 3) data delivered by the CMEMS in-situ and ocean color thematic assemblycenters. Based on models skills, the necessary model adaptations will have to be done(e.g. refinement of the optical model, processes at the transition layer betweenoxygenated and anoxic zone). In connection with the research performed in the MASTgroup, improvements of model quality thanks to data assimilation will be assessed.The post-doc will have to contribute to the yearly CMEMS Ocean State Reportdelivered by estimating the long term trend in biogeochemical variables with forinstance, a particular attention to the deoxygenation issue and assessment of the pHstate. Ocean Monitoring Indicators that can be derived from model outputs and arerelevant for climate change assessment will have to be developed and tested.Requirements for application: PhD in ocean numerical modelling or equivalent. Talent for computational scientific work. Experience with biogeochemical modelling and supercomputers will be an asset. Good knowledge in English is necessary.Our offer: The employment contract will start as soon as possible and be of fixedduration (2 years with eventually one additional year and beyond in fundings permit).The applicants will be hired as a post-doc. The workplace is Liège University, Sart-Tilman, Liege, Belgium. He/she will be integrated in the Freshwater and OceanicsCience Unit of research (FOCUS) of the Liege University and in the Black Sea marineforecasting centre (BS-MFC) which gathers the Institute of Oceanology from theBulgarian Academy of Sciences (IO-BAS), Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo suiCambiamenti Climatici – CMCC, Liege University, Institute for Coastal Research fromHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Sofia University, the National Romanian Institute ofHydrology and Water Management and the Istanbul technical University.The post-doc will have to participate to CMEMS meetings (e.g. Product qualityworking groups, the Copernicus marine weeks, training events) and other meetingsand international working groups related to the work.How to Apply: The candidate should send as soon as possible by e-mail his/hercurriculum vitae, a covering letter of motivation, together with two references (nameand email address), to Marilaure Grégoire (email: email@example.com) with copy firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.Selected candidates will be invited for an oral (skype) interview.