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Post Doctoral Researcher Position in Physical Oceanography

The ocean color research group within the Earth Observation and Environmental Remote Sensing Lab at Masdar institute is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the field of physical oceanography. We are seeking an outstanding scientist who can apply well-developed skills in physical oceanography and numerical modeling to address issues in coastal and shelf-scale oceanography related to system connectivity, productivity and spatial-temporal dynamics. The successful candidate will be based at Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi (UAE).

The role of this position will be to define and initiate research into shelf-ocean interactions and coastal and shelf processes in Arabian Seas and Gulfs, especially the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The successful candidate will focus on improving the understanding of ocean circulation and the transport and fate of waterborne materials, and will also work closely with ocean color scientists in our group to observe and forecast adverse events in the marine environment, such as red tide, oil spills, and interpret the underlying mechanisms.

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (www.masdar.ac.ae) is the world's first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. The Institute's goal is to become a world-class research-driven graduate-level university, focusing on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. The Institute, which was created in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Masdar Institute is situated in Masdar City (www.masdar.ae), an emerging global clean-technology cluster that aims to be one of the world's most sustainable urban developments, powered by renewable energy and providing students and researchers with a unique opportunity to live and learn in a true 'living laboratory' environment.

Position Requirements

  1. PhD in physical oceanography or a related discipline preferably with some postdoctoral experience.
  2. Strong scientific background and practical experience in physical oceanography and numerical modeling.
  3. Experience in analyzing large observation datasets and model outputs to interpret oceanographic processes.
  4. Strong programming skills in Matlab, IDL, C/C++, or Fortran.
  5. Demonstrated ability to publish research findings in peer reviewed journals.
  6. Excellent skills in scientific writing/publishing, presentation, and communication in English.

The compensation package for this position is very competitive with a tax-exempt net salary ranging between US$ 70k and US$ 80k. Additional benefits include: annual two-way airfare to home country, one-time moving allowance, free comprehensive international medical coverage, professional memberships, conference attendance expenses and other components.

The application package should include:

  1. A cover letter summarizing experience and motivation for this position.
  2. Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
  3. Sample of relevant published research papers.
  4. A list of 3 potential referees.

Applications should be submitted by email to Dr. Jun Zhao (jzhao@masdar.ac.ae). Review of applications will begin on August 15 2013 and continue until the position is filled. The expected starting date is October 1st, 2013.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview.