Vacancy: Coastal Oceanographer / Scientist

We are currently seeking a talented Coastal Oceanography / Scientist to join our consultancy team. MetOcean Solutions, a division of New Zealand’s MetService, is a science-based consultancy and forecast supplier providing specialist numerical modelling and analytical solutions in meteorology and oceanography. With offices across New Zealand (Auckland, New Plymouth, Raglan, and Wellington) and in Sydney, Australia (MetraWeather) 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. MetOcean occupies several niche marine consultancy and service roles and has a rapidly growing forecast and hindcast sector.

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, numerical modelling, scientific research and technical report writing as required to support various consultancy and development projects at MetOcean Solutions. You will be supported by expert modellers and developers in our team.

Our employees enjoy an open-office, upbeat culture within a coastal town environment in the North Island of New Zealand. This position would be primarily based in New Plymouth with some opportunity to work from other offices in the future.  The city of New Plymouth is known for its sunny climate, art galleries, music festival, water sports and activities, and beautiful parks hiking trails of Mount Taranaki and Egmont National Park.

Our company promotes a positive working environment to achieve our shared goals, 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.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a growing environment with an interesting and challenging mix of applied research, science and technology. You must have a post-graduate qualification (M.Sc or PhD level) in a relevant physical science. 

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:

  • Post-graduate qualification (M.Sc. or PhD level) in a relevant physical science

  • Strong scientific knowledge of hydrodynamic, wave and sediment transport coastal processes.

  • Scientific code development in Python and/or Matlab

  • Working with and organising large geophysical datasets

  • Working on a Linux or Windows platform

  • Ability to analyse and critically assess oceanographic models and observational data

  • Good knowledge of statistics and extreme value analysis

  • Experience in configuring and running hydrodynamic/wave models e.g. SCHISM, Delft3D, MIKE3/21, SWAN, SWASH, FUNWAVE

  • Experience with unstructured grid generation and associated hydrodynamic models

  • Strong technical and scientific report writing in English, with the ability to communicate complex science to a range of audiences

The following would be beneficial, but are not essential:

  • Working in a remote High-Performance Compute environment.

  • Scientific hydrodynamic (wave and/or currents), sediment transport modelling expertise and code development.

  • Experience 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

Our ideal candidate would demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Capability to develop creative solutions to complex technical problems

  • Integrity and high standards

  • Agility to work on multiple projects simultaneously

  • High level of attention to detail

  • Enjoys being part of a team that moves quickly

  • Capacity to work in a team with minimal supervision

  • Effective decision-making skills

  • A quick learner with a “can do” attitude

  • Methodical logical approach to problem solving

  • 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 New Plymouth Office, New Zealand.

Applications close on 5 April 2019.

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