Ocean modelling/marine ecology PhD studentship

PhD Studentship: Modelling climate change impacts on seabirds via ocean and forage fish dynamics

Britain’s seabirds have declined over the last three decades, and the species that have declined most are those dependent on small, nutrient-rich forage fish like sandeels. These fish occupy a critical point in marine food webs, vulnerable to both “top down” effects (e.g. fishing) and “bottom up” climate impacts via local ocean physics and plankton productivity. Concern over human impacts on sandeels and their predators have led to fishery closures and the creation of special Marine Protected Areas and Marine Conservation Zones, but where does climate change come into this story? Are current hotspots of sandeel and seabird productivity in British waters, the sites one would naturally focus on protecting, still going to be the hotspots fifty years from now? Are recent short-term trends a reliable guide to long-term future change?

This studentship will address these questions by linking together state-of-the-art dynamical simulations describing regional oceanography, plankton ecology, and sandeel life history, along with spatially explicit data on seabird numbers and trends. This project thus integrates many disciplines including physical oceanography, data science, marine ecology, and life-history theory.

Excellent mathematical and programming skills are required, and a background in either oceanography or ecology is preferred. The project will be co-supervised by Dr Neil Banas, an ocean modeller in the Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK (http://neilbanas.com/projects/); Dr Ruedi Nager, a seabird ecologist in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health, and Comparative Medicine at University of Glasgow (http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/bahcm/staff/ruedinager/); and Dr Peter Wright, a fish biologist and head of the Ecology and Conservation group at Marine Scotland Science, Aberdeen (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/science/Researchers/PeterWright). The student will be registered jointly at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities–a rare, highly interdisciplinary opportunity–and participate in the MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) research network.

The position is open to all UK and EU applicants and comes with three years of full support, including fees and an annual living stipend of approximately £14,000, as well as support for conference travel and other expenses. Start date is flexible, with winter 2016-17 preferred. Review of applications will begin 15 Sept 2016 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, send 1) a complete CV, 2) a 1-2 page personal statement explaining your specific interest in this position and the skills you bring to it, and 3) names and contact info for three references. Please send applications and other inquiries to Dr Neil Banas, neil.banas@strath.ac.uk.

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Post-Doctorate Position Atmospheric Data Assimilation

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division (http://www.pnnl.gov/atmospheric) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking a postdoctoral scientist to work on data assimilation for cloud-resolving (grid spacing ~1 km) and Large-Eddy Simulation (LES, grid spacing ~10s of m) spatial scales. The post-doctoral fellow will work with a project team (Drs. Jerome Fast, Robert Houze, Samson Hagos, Zhe Feng, Larry Berg, William Gustfson, and Heng Xiao) to create more realistic initial and boundary conditions for simulations of shallow clouds and the transition from shallow to deep convection. This will involve merging extensive in situ (surface monitoring, radiosondes, aircraft) and remote sensing (lidar, radar, satellite) measurements with model predictions to create high spatial and temporal resolution analyses. Development will be based on existing data assimilation packages developed for the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. In addition, the fellow will be expected to contribute to challenging modeling studies designed to 1) better understand the processes contributing to the initiation, evolution, and organization of convective clouds, 2) improve physics parameterizations, and 3) optimize meteorological sampling locations.

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in data assimilation. An understanding of the processes represented by cloud microphysics and convective parameterizations used by atmospheric models is desirable. Proficiency with FORTRAN and coding experience in atmospheric modeling are required, and the ability to modify, compile and run WRF is essential. Familiarity with U.S. Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) data products is useful, but not required. Teamwork and strong communication skills for engaging with project teams at PNNL and the broader climate research community are also important.

The successful candidate will join the team of PNNL researchers that are expanding the knowledge of fundamental atmospheric processes, developing state-of-the-art modeling capabilities, and improving understanding of how human and natural systems interact. Working across disciplines, we integrate theory, measurements, and modeling at molecular to global scales.

Use the following link, https://pnnl.jibeapply.com/jobs/305637/Post+Doctorate+RA+-+Climate+Science?lang=en-US for the full position description with specific requirements and details on how to submit your application. Or visit http://jobs.pnnl.gov and search for Job ID 305637 under the current job openings.

12 month contract

Fixed-term 12-month contract for an engineer in numerical modeling (physical oceanography and Lagrangian analysis) at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Physique et Spatiale (LOPS; Brest, France; http://www.umr-lops.fr/en/)

 Job Title: Adaptation of the ARIANE Lagrangian analysis tool (Nicolas.Grima, +33 2 90 91 55 38 - Bruno.Blanke, +33 2 90 91 55 14. 

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Post-Doc position at the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a Climate Research Scientist position as a regional climate modeller with the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The successful candidate can choose to be based in ICHECâs offices in either Dublin or Galway. The position is available immediately for a 12 month duration with the possibility of a one year extension. The position is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under its Climate Change Research Programme.

The candidate should have a PhD in a relevant discipline and have experience using Regional Climate Models such as WRF and/or COSMO-CLM. Experience running coupled atmosphere/ocean models is desirable.

Please refer to


for a full description of the position.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 2.00 pm on 29th July 2016. The successful applicant is expected to start the position during August/September 2016.

Please consider applying for this career opportunity if interested or forward to colleagues through appropriate scientific distribution lists.

Best regards,

Dr Paul Nolan
Irish Centre for High-End Computing
Email: paul.nolan@ichec.ie

Postdoctoral Researcher in GHG Emissions Needed – Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes – UCSD/Scripps Institution of Oceanography

The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) at UCSDâs Scripps Institution of Oceanography seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher in Forward chemical transport model-based methods for estimating GHG emissions in Southern California

Location: La Jolla, CA.â¨
Deadline: Available immediately. Applications will be considered until position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by 31 July 2016.

The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, (CW3E; cw3e.ucsd.edu) is a research and applications center established in 2013 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography by its Director, Dr. F. Martin Ralph. CW3E focuses on the physical understanding, observations, weather predictions, seasonal outlooks and climate projections of extreme weather and water events to support effective policies and practices to improve resilience in the Western U.S. Funding for this set of Postdoctoral positions is in place from several federal, state and local agencies, with a major emphasis on the unique science and applications needs associated with water supply and flood risk in the Western United States. CW3E carries out its goals with a diverse network of research and operational partners at more than ten other institutions across the U.S. Individuals will be joining a group of several existing Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and a number of experienced faculty, researchers and staff at Scripps who are involved with CW3E.

Per normal Postdoctoral appointment policies, all positions are envisioned as being initially for 1-year, with extension possible contingent upon performance and availability of funding. The University of California, San Diego is an AA/EOE.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their resumes and a 1-page statement of relevant personal interests, goals, range of potential start dates and references. These should be sent to the position coordinator (Dr. Andrew Martin; mc).

Applicants should have 0-2 years of Postdoctoral experience, or be nearing completion of their Ph.D. (estimated within 3 months), and be self-motivated and hard-working. Good written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to produce scientific publications and presentations and meet project milestones are required. Strong analytical backgrounds with a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, climate science, hydrology or environmental engineering is preferred. Programming experience working in a Unix environment with experience in scripting languages such as Python, Perl, R and Matlab along with true programming language experience in C and Fortran is highly desired. Successful applicants should be comfortable independently working with large code libraries and producing novel visualizations. Experience with GIS-based mapping tools is also desired.

Position Description: Forward chemical transport model-based methods for estimating GHG emissions in Southern California (CW3E position coordinator â Dr. Andrew Martin; mc)

CW3E seeks a Postdoctoral researcher to design, implement and validate a high-resolution forward chemical transport modeling system that can be fully integrated with inverse emissions estimates and directly compared to weather observations and in-situ trace gas measurements. Work will be conducted in collaboration with numerical weather prediction and trace atmospheric measurements experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.

The selected candidate will collaborate with CW3E and other Scripps researchers on projects focusing on forward trace gas modeling with the WRF/CHEM regional chemical transport model, gas measurement network design and analysis, and forward model meteorology and gas concentration validation. Under the direction of project personnel, the successful candidate will develop a high-resolution WRF/CHEM configuration that accurately models trace gas accumulation, chemical change, transport, and removal (the forward modeling system), will analyze the suitability of trace gas measurements and the forward modeling system under challenging meteorological scenarios and will validate chemical and meteorological forecasts using direct measurements. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in inverse modeling studies for source quantification, for which inverse modeling experience may be valuable. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to present results at major conferences and will be expected to publish results in a peer-reviewed journal as first author.


PhD Scholarship developing Marine Ecosystem Climate Services

A PhD Scholarship developing Marine Ecosystem Climate Services is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date 1 September 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The project will be carried out in the Section for Marine Ecology and Oceanography and will be closely linked to the Centre for Ocean Life (www.oceanlifecentre.dk) in Charlottenlund, Denmark.The scholarship will build on top of the tremendous advances in observing and modelling of the ocean that have occurred in recent decades: today it is possible to make accurate forecasts of physical oceanographic variables, such as temperature and salinity, several years into the future. However, the next step of converting these forecasts of the physical environment into forecasts of the biological environment, and therefore into variables that are directly relevant for stakeholders and society has yet to be taken. Developing these so-called “climate services” for marine ecosystems represents one of the new challenges in marine science.Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD project will conduct research with an aim of developing predictions of marine ecosystem parameters on a seasonal-to-decadal scale. Appropriate biological models relating physical and biological variables will be identified and/or developed within the project, coupled to existing seasonal and decadal forecast systems, and their skill assessed. While there are no pre-defined case studies associated with the project, the spatial distribution, productivity (recruitment) and timing (phenology) of living marine resources (fish and fisheries) is expected to be the primary focus: experience with analysis and modelling these processes is therefore an advantage, as is experience working with oceanographic data sets and/or climate model output.

The application should contain a motivation for why you want to undertake research at the PhD level, your interest in this topic and possibly a description of your own project ideas within this framework and how they relate to the goals stated above. The final project will be developed in collaboration with the relevant principal investigators.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Researcher Mark R Payne, DTU Aqua.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be DTU-Aqua’s Charlottenlund campus during 2016, and will follow the institute’s relocation to the main DTU Lyngby campus in 2017.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Mark R. Payne, mpay@aqua.dtu.dk, tel.: +45 3588 3422.

You can read more about DTU Aqua at www.aqua.dtu.dk.

Please submit your online application no later than 27 July 2016. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the dynamics of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 260 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel DANA. DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana.You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

Apply here

Welcome to the RMA

The Resource Modeling Association was established over a quarter of a century ago and is unique among scientific societies because it brings together scientists and mathematicians from a diverse range of disciplines with a common interest in studying natural resources from a sustainable-use perspective. The natural resources of our planet are under incredible pressure to supply burgeoning human needs and this will only continue to increase.  Challenges are ever-present to ensure that resource use remains sustainable and that vital ecosystem services critical for our well-being, species biodiversity essential for the well-being of the global ecosystem, and ecosystem resilience to perturbation are conserved as far as practicable through responsible action. Such action must be informed and it is here that the integration of the quantitative and biological sciences can play a determining role.

Half a year has passed since we held our 20th annual meeting in Bordeaux, France where participants were treated to a superb and diverse range of presentations about the practical application of modeling to real world problems within a convivial collegiate atmosphere of friendly exchange of ideas and opinions. Preparations are now well advanced for our next meeting in June 2016.

I encourage you to consider joining with like-minded people and becoming a member of the RMA to assist you to grow your own professional network and participate in being part of the solution to the global challenge of natural resource management.


Luc Doyen

RMA President

PhD position on the Climate of the Mediterranean region at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy)

A PhD position for carrying out research on the Climate of the Mediterranean region in the framework of the global climate change will be made soon available at the University of Salento.

The topic can be addressed considering different perspectives:
– detection and attribution of climate change at regional scale,
– dynamics of regional climate change,
– impacts of climate change at regional scale

Candidates are expected to have basic skills in programming, data analysis and processing, and a basic knowledge of the dynamics leading to climate and environmental change. Capability of talking Italian language at elementary level is recommended.

DEADLINE for application is 20 JULY 2016

Interested candidates are suggested to contact
for any further information they may need.

Piero Lionello
professore di I fascia
di Oceanografia e Fisica dell’Atmosfera (GEO12)
DISTEBA (Univ. del Salento) and CMCC
via per Monteroni, n.165, plesso M
73100 Lecce
phone: +39 0832297085
EMAIL piero.lionello
web-page: http://www.disteba.unisalento.it/scheda_personale/-/people/piero.lionello

Post-doc position – Bio-economic modeling – GREThA – Bordeaux, France

Post-doc Position
Bio-economic modeling, scenarios and management for fisheries in coral reefs ecosystems.

Issues and goals: Marine ecosystems, biodiversity and fisheries are under pressure world-
wide. The related ecological and economic vulnerabilities are especially high in the case of
coral reef ecosystems facing food safety issues and environmental changes such as global warm-
ing. To manage these ecosystems and fisheries in a more sustainable way, many scientists and
stakeholders advocate the use of an ecosystem approach. However, the methods, models and
quantitative tools for the implementation of such an approach remain controversial and difficult.
The ecosystem approach indeed requires the account of several complexities including trophic,
habitat and socio-economic dynamics and interactions. In this perspective, the Pacific coastal fisheries constitute very challenging case studies.

The purpose of this post-doc is to study and evaluate through several bio-economic scenarios
the sustainability and resilience of coastal fisheries and marine biodiversity in French Polynesia.
These scenarios will rely on an ecosystem based modeling. The post-doc is part of a research
project entitled ACROSS funded by ANR (French National Research Agency) and involving
several research centers including IFREMER, CRIOBE (Moorhea) and GREThA. The post-doc
will strengthen and refine existing bio-economic dynamic models in a multi-species, multi-fleets,
multi-patchs context and integrating the dynamics of coral. These models will be calibrated
on databases managed by the CRIOBE in French Polynesia. The scenarios will mix predictive,
explorative and normative scenarios based on optimality or viability methods. Particular atten-
tion will be paid on multi-criteria evaluations and bio-economic risk assessments for scenarios and management strategies facing global changes.

Profile of the candidate: Applicants are expected to hold a PhD in bio-economics, resource
economics or conservation biology. They will be motivated by decision support sciences, mod-
eling and interdisciplinary perspectives. Knowledge in ecosystem approach will be especially appreciated.

Supervisers and contacts:
• Luc Doyen: CNRS, GREThA (Research Group Theoretical and Applied Economics), Uni-
versity of Bordeaux, France. Website Email: luc.doyen@u-bordeaux.fr • Olivier Thébaud: IFREMER, UMR AMURE, Unit´e d’Economie Maritime, Plouzané, France. Email: olivier.thebaud@ifremer.fr

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