Job advertisement Postdoctoral researcher in Physical Oceanography

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Postdoctoral researcher in Physical Oceanography

Postdoctoral researcher in Physical Oceanography


University of East Anglia

Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
23 August 2019

31 July 2019

Job description

Applications are invited for the post of Researcher in Physical Oceanography to undertake research on physical oceanographic processes on the continental shelf and slope of Antarctica. You will work with Professor Karen Heywood on the European Research Council funded COMPASS project.

Processes on the Antarctic continental shelf and slope are crucially important for determining the rate of future sea level rise, setting the properties and volume of dense bottom water exported globally, and regulating the carbon cycle. Yet our ability to model and predict these processes over future decades remains rudimentary. This deficiency in understanding originates in a lack of observations in this inaccessible region. COMPASS seeks to rectify that by exploiting new technology – autonomous marine vehicles – to observe, quantify and elucidate processes on the continental shelf and slope of Antarctica that are important for climate.

You will participate in the design and delivery of field campaigns in the Antarctic using gliders and our new autonomous surface vehicle. You will analyse the resulting observations and compare these with current understanding and/or numerical model output. You will lead publication of the results in international peer reviewed journals.

The research will be based within the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at UEA.

You should have a PhD in physical oceanography (or equivalent experience) and a publication record showing evidence of international quality. You should have excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience of presenting results at conferences.

We anticipate that you will participate in observational oceanographic campaigns in the Antarctic.

The full time post is available to start between 1 October 2019 and 30 March 2020 for a fixed term of up to 35 months depending on the salary spine point but the fixed term must end on 31 August 2022.

Closing Date: 23 August 2019

Applications should be made only through the website at