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Post Doctorate

Postdoc position on Sargassum seasonal forecast at LEGOS & Mercator Ocean (Toulouse, France). Closing date: until the position is filled

Before 2010, pelagic Sargassum spp. bloomed preferentially in the Sargasso Sea and in the northwestern tropical Atlantic. They are now found in large quantities on the coasts of the Lesser Antilles, Central America, Brazil and West Africa. Satellite imagery reveals that these strandings come from colossal quantities of algae drifting from the central tropical Atlantic between 0 and 10°N, disconnected from the known seeding regions. Modelling and forecasting the Sargassum strandings is essential for designing effective integrated risk management strategies, and corresponds to a strong and pressing demand from the civil society. This operational challenge concerns both event forecasts (i.e. on a one-week scale) and long-term forecasts (one to several months). While many efforts have been made for short-term forecast, initiatives for reliable long-term forecasting are very scarce and face several scientific obstacles.

The successful candidate will implement a seasonal and mechanistic forecast of the large scale Sargassum distribution over the Tropical Atlantic with a few months in advance. This will rely on the development and skill assessment of a physical-biogeochemical (based on NEMO-PISCES models) seasonal forecast at 1/4o horizontal resolution and the integration of a Sargassum drift and growth in the seasonal prevision. The project will benefit from Mercator Ocean computing resources and modelling expertise. The regional NEMO-PISCES model configuration of the Tropical Atlantic has already been developed at LEGOS.

The successful candidate will share his time between LEGOS (http://www.legos.obs-mip.fr) and Mercator Ocean (https://www.mercator-ocean.fr). This work will be carried out in a highly collaborative framework involving researchers working on Sargassum physiology and Sargassum teledetection from space (MIO, LIS, LEMAR). Applicants should have a PhD in physical or biogeochemical oceanography (defended less than 5 years ago) or other similar fields of study. A background in numerical modelling would be a plus and an interest in multidisciplinary approach is necessary. Good programming skills (especially FORTRAN90, Python) are required.

Interested candidates should send their CV, a letter explaining their motivation for the position to:

Julien Jouanno (julien.jouanno@ird.fr),

Marie Helene Radenac (MarieHelene.Radenac@legos.obs-mip.fr) and

Yann Drillet (yann.drillet@mercator-ocean.fr)


The postdoc, funded by IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), is expected to start between November and December 2019. Review of applications will be made until the position is filled. The contract will cover a period of one year and will be extended for one year depending on progress.

Research/faculty positions

Atmospheric Science Research Technician - Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Closing date: until the position is filled

The Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) was founded in 1903 and incorporated in the State of New York in 1926 as a U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The institute’s mission is to conduct scientific research and education of the highest quality from the special perspective of a mid-ocean island. Further information about BIOS can be viewed at: http://www.bios.edu.

A Research Technician is required to assist with the operations of:
1) The BIOS Air Quality Program (http://www.bios.edu/research/projects/air-quality-program); and
2) The BIOS Tudor Hill Marine Atmospheric Observatory (http://tudorhill.bios.edu).

The main duties of the technician will include: 1) Maintenance and operation of atmospheric sampling equipment and field site facilities; 2) Preparation and analysis of samples; 3) Data analysis and management. Other duties will be assigned by the Principal Investigator to ensure the successful functioning of the programs. The successful applicant will be required to acquire Bermuda light truck and scooter driving licenses.

The Air Quality Program and the Tudor Hill Marine Atmospheric Observatory are dynamic and varied programs that often function in response to operational needs at short notice. The ideal candidate will therefore need to be flexible, reliable, and conscientious, and possess good personal organization skills. Some physical activity, including servicing instrumentation on a 23 m walk-up tower and lifting heavy loads, is required.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in one of the physical sciences. The position would suit a recent graduate. Some experience in any of the following would be a distinct advantage: Air pollution and atmospheric chemistry; Instrumental analysis and/or electronics, including troubleshooting and maintenance; Data analysis and coding/programming (e.g. Campbell Scientific loggers); General maintenance, and use of power tools.

The position will initially be for 1-year with continuation depending on job performance, and starting salary will be in the range of $37,000 to $47,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Given the restrictions on sponsored dependents residing in Bermuda set by the Bermuda Department of Immigration, all applicants are recommended to review Section 5 of the Work Permit Policy, which can be found at: https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/immigation-work-permit-policy-2015.pdf.

Review of applications will start immediately with a preferred starting date of November, 2019, subject to Department of Immigration approval. For further information on this position or to make a formal application (cover letter, CV, and contact information for two academic/professional references) please contact Dr. Andrew Peters (andrew.peters@bios.edu) and state “Atmospheric Science Research Technician - 2019” in the subject line for all correspondence relating to this position. Review of applicants will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Coordination positions

PhD/Masters/Student jobs

- last update August 2019 -