NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC245694
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £28200 - £32430
Date Posted 22 June 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 July 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £28,200 - £32,430 (dependent on skills and experience)
Hours: Full time
Contract Type: Fixed term (4 years)
Closing Date: 22nd July 2018

 

About the role:

The Marine Systems Modelling group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is seeking to recruit a Numerical Ocean Modeller to increase its ocean modelling capability. You will join a vibrant research group at the forefront of the development and analysis of high-resolution models of the global ocean, sea-ice and biogeochemistry. You will be supporting a range of modelling activities across a variety of High Performance Computing platforms and Unix compute servers. The main duties will include implementing and testing of new components in the NEMO ocean model (https://www.nemo-ocean.eu, http://tinyurl.com/nemo-model) as well as contributing to the development and maintenance of the associated software infrastructure. This may include tools to facilitate the set up and configuration of regional model domains and investigating novel methods to analyse large volumes of data.

About you:

You are expected to have experience in the configuration and running of parallel general ocean circulation models. Ideally, you would have a background in physical oceanography, be familiar with the fundamentals of the ocean circulation and have proven mathematical and computing skills but candidates from other physical/mathematical sciences with experience in HPC and/or scientific software development are also welcome. You will have the opportunity to contribute to research and to scientific publications. You will be part of the recently funded NERC project CLASS the focus of which is on understanding how the ocean circulation, in particular in the Atlantic, will evolve under climate change and intensified human exploitation. The work will also involve contributing, in collaboration with other NEMO consortium members in France, the UK and Italy, to a regular software development cycle including: planning; coding; testing; merging; documenting and bug-fixing.

Ideally, you will have a PhD in physics, mathematics or other numerate disciplines and should have a strong background in computing. You will be experienced in coding and in the debugging of large computer programs (e.g. in Fortran90 or C) in a UNIX environment. Experience with distributed computing (MPI) is desirable as is experience in a professional software development environment and scripting (Bash, Python etc.). You should enjoy working as part of a team whilst being capable of working independently on technical challenges. The post is based in Southampton and is for a fixed 4-year term.

Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.     

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit www.ukri.org

What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free car parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.


Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (http://noc.ac.uk/).

Qualifications and Knowledge

Essential:

  • degree in numerate discipline.

Experience related to position

Essential:

  • strong background in scientific computing
  • significant experience in parallel computing (MPI)
  • experience of handling and analysing large datasets.

Desirable:

  • knowledge of oceanography
  • experience with ocean or atmosphere general circulation models.

Skills

Essential:

  • proven track record of developing and debugging large computer programs. 
  • advanced knowledge of coding in Fortran and/or C
  • track record of most aspects of the software development cycle including: design; branch development; source code control systems; merging; beta-testing and product release.

Desirable:

  • writing of documentation and user support.

Behaviours

Essential:

  • demonstrates a willingness to support and work within a team
  • demonstrates a strong desire to solve technical problems and to seek appropriate support when necessary.

Desirable:

  • demonstrates an ability to react quickly to unexpected problems and provide robust solutions.

Context or Background

The Marine Systems Modelling group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is seeking to recruit a numerical ocean modelling support scientist/engineer to increase its ocean modelling capability. You will join a vibrant research group at the forefront of the development and analysis of high-resolution models of the global ocean, sea-ice and biogeochemistry. You will be supporting a range of modelling activities across a variety of High Performance Computing platforms and Unix compute servers. The main duties of the post holder will include implementing and testing of new components in the NEMO ocean model (https://www.nemo-ocean.eu, http://tinyurl.com/nemo-model) as well as contributing to the development and maintenance of the associated software infrastructure. This may include tools to facilitate the set up and configuration of regional model domains and investigating novel methods to analyse large volumes of data.

Job Purpose

Applicants are expected to have experience in the configuration and running of parallel general ocean circulation models. Ideally, you would have a background in physical oceanography, be familiar with the fundamentals of the ocean circulation and have proven mathematical and computing skills but candidates from other physical/mathematical sciences with experience in HPC and/or scientific software development are also welcome. You will have the opportunity to contribute to research and to scientific publications. You will be part of the recently funded NERC project CLASS the focus of which is on understanding how the ocean circulation, in particular in the Atlantic, will evolve under climate change and intensified human exploitation. The work will also involve contributing, in collaboration with other NEMO consortium members in France, the UK and Italy, to a regular software development cycle including: planning; coding; testing; merging; documenting and bug-fixing.

Ideally, you will have a PhD in physics, mathematics or other numerate disciplines and should have a strong background in computing. You will be experienced in coding and in the debugging of large computer programs (e.g. in Fortran90 or C) in a UNIX environment. Experience with distributed computing (MPI) is desirable as is experience in a professional software development environment and scripting (Bash, Python etc.). You should enjoy working as part of a team whilst being capable of working independently on technical challenges. The post is based in Southampton and is for a fixed 4-year term.

Expectations of the role

You will work within the high resolution modelling sub-group of the Marine Systems Modelling group at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Your research and model development will contribute directly to the NERC funded CLASS project as well as supporting other PIs within the group working on associated deliverables. High Performance Computing needs will be met by a combination of local clusters and National Supercomputing services.

Subject to sufficient experience with the NEMO model (either gained in post or through previous relevant work), you will also be expected to be an active member of the system team of the international NEMO consortium. Duties and responsibilities for this role include: contributing to a coordinated annual work-plan of model developments; attending regular VC system team meetings; investigating and fixing user-reported bugs; documenting code changes and maintaining up to date documentation; regular testing of reference configurations and attending an annual merge event as part of the annual software development cycle. As a NEMO system team developer, you will have access to the Paris-based TRAC and WIKI systems and subversion repository to help with code development, maintenance and documentation.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities:

  • support, set-up and run NEMO ocean model configurations on HPC platforms
  • implement and test new NEMO components
  • investigate methods to analyse large volumes of data
  • contribute to research and scientific publications.

Expectations of all staff:

  • comply with Research Council and NERC policies at all times, including Equal Opportunities Policies and ensure that duties are carried out in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and guidance documents as directed by NOC
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to NOC values and People Strategy
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to Working with Respect – NOC Guidance
  • attend relevant seminars, workshops and training events and maintain professional development by completing CPD (Continuous Professional Development) appropriate to the role
  • maintain a safe working environment by attending Health and Safety training as required and follow local codes of safe working practices and actively contribute to embedding a safety culture across NOC
  • adopt and promote awareness of NOC’s environmental aims and other initiatives
  • carry out other duties within the scope, spirit and general purpose of the post and adopt a flexible approach to work
  • as duties and responsibilities change this job description will be reviewed and revised in consultation with you
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your Manager.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK.   At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y.

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Closing date: 22nd July 2018

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable applicants than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to applicants on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).