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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research position - Applied Mathematician or Physicist

From Emily Shuckburgh <>
Date Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:14:31 +0100

Postdoctoral Research position - Applied Mathematician or Physicist - based in Cambridge, UK

British Antarctic Survey and Schlumberger Cambridge Research

Full details and application:

Closing date: 17 October 2011

Schlumberger Cambridge Research together with the British Antarctic Survey are inviting applications for a 2 year post-doctoral research position to develop a novel method for estimating ocean currents from marine survey vessel data. The position would suit a mathematician or physicist who is interested in applying their skills to a problem with important scientific and commercial implications.

Schlumberger has a fleet of seismic survey vessels that are continuously sailing the world’s oceans. They each tow many kilometres of streamers behind them and the shape the streamers adopt depends on the local ocean currents and the forces they are subjected to from drag and from control fins. Schlumberger has developed the first draft of an inverse mathematical model to derive local ocean currents from the streamer measurements (such as tension, shape, and lateral steering forces). The length-scales of the estimates are from tens of metres to a few kilometres, i.e. the ocean submesoscale. The new work will involve reviewing and developing the existing model, improving the code and testing it on simulated and real data. The resulting model will be useful to Schlumberger for improving streamer positioning accuracy and shape prediction.

Improving our understanding and modelling of the ocean submesoscale is one of the current grand challenges in oceanography. There will be an opportunity within the project to take the derived world-wide current information and integrate it with independent ancillary oceanographic data (from seismic, shipboard and satellite sources) to investigate submesoscale processes in the ocean and their parameterisation in climate models. There would be scope to develop this into a future research proposal with the British Antarctic Survey.

**Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in mathematics, fluid dynamics or physics. Considerable numerical mathematical and programming skills are required as well as handling large volumes of real data. A background knowledge of physical oceanography or geophysics is not required, but would be considered an advantage.

Informal requests for further information may be addressed to Dr Emily Shuckburgh (

Dr Emily Shuckburgh
British Antarctic Survey
Tel: +44 1223 221544


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