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[Met-jobs] Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Climate-Chemistry Modelling

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Date Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:43:36 +0000

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Climate-Chemistry Modelling


·         Fixed term, Based in Wellington, New Zealand

NIWA is New Zealand's leading provider of freshwater, marine and atmospheric research and applied science services to public and private sector customers.  NIWA's mission is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, provide a better understanding of the climate and atmosphere, and increase our resilience to weather and climate related hazards.

As the host of the Deep South National Science Challenge, NIWA is leading the development of the nascent New Zealand Earth System Model (NZESM). The aim of this modelling effort is to improve the representation of Antarctic and Southern-Ocean processes, in order to improve climate projections produced by this model. For example, NZESM will include interactive ozone chemistry. The purpose of this position is to further develop the formulation of chemistry in the NZESM. You will operate the NZESM on the NIWA high-performance computing infrastructure, modify the set-up, and in particular modify the code of the NZESM. In this role you will implement, test, and document changes to the code that improve the model's scientific or computational performance, make the model more physically based, address omissions in the model's formulation, or update the model with new scientific data. You will communicate those advances to our international modelling partners. You will also help support other users of the model as a secondary role, and generally engage constructively with them.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant area of atmospheric science, physics, computational chemistry, computer science, or similar. Very strong computational and programming skills and experience with handling large datasets are necessary, specifically, experience in FORTRAN, UNIX, Python, and with code management systems such as Subversion. Previous experience with atmospheric chemistry codes or with the Unified Model would be advantageous. We are seeking someone who takes pride in driving the performance of the model forward.

As an engaging team player, you will enjoy working with collaborators in New Zealand and overseas, communicating positively and productively with a wide range of staff. You will be self-motivated and results-oriented, conscientious and well organised, with a keen eye for detail. You will have good writing skills including proposals, technical reporting, documentation, and research publications. You will enjoy living in one of the most liveable, highly rated capital cities of the world, starting as soon as possible.

Position description and online applications can be found here:


Applications close 21 August 2016

Anna Milne
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