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[Met-jobs] Job Vacancy - Physical Oceanographer at LOCEAN (Paris)

From Jean-Baptiste Sallee <>
Date Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:12:08 +0100

The Université Pierre et Marie Curie is inviting applications for a 2-year postdoctoral research position to undertake high-resolution model analysis to investigate dynamical processes in the Southern Ocean polar seas.

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The post is attached to the WAPITI project (see, which aims at mapping and unveiling the dynamics of the tri-dimensional structure of the Weddell sea circulation. The 5-year WAPITI project funded by the European Research Council aims at investigating a range of different aspects of the Weddell Sea circulation, using a combination of targeted observation, existing observation database, and high-resolution models, as well as the use of new, specifically developed autonomous instruments. The successful applicant will investigate the dynamics associated to cross-frontal exchange and mixing in the Antarctic Slope Current using a state-of-the art high-resolution oceanmodel (NEMO framework with ice-shelf and sea-ice). The dynamics allowing to cross the dynamical barrier and allowing the exchanges of water-masses across the Antarctic Slope Current are not well understood. Recent theoretical and idealized studies suggest the importance of 10 - 50 km eddy structures for this exchange. We will use a state of the art realistic eddy-permitting model to explore how water cross toward and from Antarctica shelf. In addition, strong emphasis will be given to the flow/topography interactions and the dynamics associated to it. Strong connexions between this model-based analysis and observation-based analysis will be made. We particularly seek a researcher with an interest in and talent in ocean model analysis and ability in running numerical simulations to develop deeper dynamical understanding of ocean circulation and climate. The researcher will join a team of scientists at LOCEAN-IPSL in Paris (J.B. Sallée; M. Vancoppenolle; C. Rousset) and will strongly collaborate with project partners at LGGE in Grenoble (N. Jourdain; J. Le Sommer). It is expected that the succesfull applicant spend significant time in Grenoble to engage and collaborate with LGGE partners.

Informal requests for further information may be addressed to Jean-Baptiste Sallée ( Deadline for sending application: 28 Feb 2016.

JB Sallée
Research Scientist (CNRS, LOCEAN-IPSL, Paris)
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