Vacancy: Coastal Oceanographer / Numerical Modeller


MetOcean Solutions is a science-based consultancy and forecast supplier providing specialist numerical modelling and analytical solutions in meteorology and oceanography. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of MetService; the national weather service of New Zealand. Based in New Plymouth and Raglan (New Zealand) our international team works on projects and data analysis world-wide. We passionately believe in rigorous scientific method and in applying the latest information technology to data services.

A medium-sized company, MetOcean Solutions occupies several niche consultancy and service roles and has a rapidly growing forecast and hindcast sector. We are currently seeking a talented Coastal Oceanographer / numerical modeller to join our team.

Our employees enjoy an open-office, upbeat culture within a coastal village environment on the North Island of New Zealand. Our company atmosphere promotes a hard-working  environment, supported by flexible hours to ensure a healthy work-life balance. We encourage our people to bring fresh ideas to the table, rise to any challenge, and remain passionate about our products and the company mission.

We are seeking a self-starter to work in our multi-disciplinary consultancy  environment that includes aspects of research and development. Your role will be to provide data analysis, code development, research, technical report writing and numerical modelling as required to support various projects and programmes. You will be supported by expert modellers and developers in our team.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a growing environment with an interesting and challenging mix of applied research, science and technology.

Qualifications: post-graduate qualification (M.Sc or PhD level) in a relevant physical science.

In order to apply you must have the following skills and experience:

  • Proficiency and expertise with configuring and running the open source Delft3D model
  • Strong technical and scientific report writing in English, with the ability to communicate complex science to a range of audiences.
  • Experience working with, and organising, large geophysical datasets.
  • Expert knowledge of Scientific code development in Python and/or Matlab.
  • Experience working on a Linux platform.
  • Ability to analyse and critically assess oceanographic models and observational data.
  • Experience analysing and critically assessing oceanographic model data.

The following would be beneficial, but are not essential:

  • Experience in configuring and running other open source models e.g SWAN, SCHISM, FUNWAVE, SWASH
  • Involvement with unstructured grid generation and associated hydrodynamic/wave models
  • Scientific hydrodynamic (wave and/or currents), sediment transport modelling expertise and code development.
  • Background  interacting with large databases.
  • Ability to use GIS softwares (e.g. QGIS, ArcGIS, Surfer, Global Mapper)
  • Familiarity with NetCDF including creating CF compliant NetCDF files.
  • Experience working in a remote High Performance Compute environment.

Our ideal candidate would demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Integrity and high standards.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Effective decision-making skills.
  • Methodical and logical approach to problem solving
  • Enjoys being part of a team that moves quickly.
  • A quick learner with a “can do” attitude.
  • An ability to prioritise tasks and manage projects in a timely fashion.
  • A supportive and positive attitude.
  • A curious mind that will encourage exploration.  

Please note before you apply: This role is a permanent full-time position, but hours can be flexible to suit your lifestyle. Pay is based on skill and experience. The job position is in our Raglan Office, New Zealand. Applications close on  May 25, 2018.

To apply for this position, please email your cover letter and CV to