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Temporary Project Coordinator - Copernicus Marine Biogeochemistry

Vacancy Area: 
Scientific and Technical

Location: Marine Institute, Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland

Organisation Description

The Marine Institute is a non-commercial, semi-state body which was formally established by statute in October 1992. We are the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220 million acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other government departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.

Summary of the Role

As the Temporary Project Co-ordinator, you will work as a programme co-ordinator for the Copernicus Marine Biogeochemistry programme with main responsibility for ensuring delivery of the validation of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) biogeochemical models of Iberia-Biscay-Ireland region. You will work closely with Mercator Ocean who are the international partner for this project. As the Project Co-ordinator, you  will contribute to the validation and reanalysis and forecasting systems of marine bio-geochemistry used in IBI-MFC, will work on the development of the validation toolbox, Ocean Monitoring Indicators and for the Ocean State Report and will prepare Quality Information Documents (QUID).

Among the duties and responsibilities include:

  • Co-ordinate the project implementation, monitoring and integrated change control at the Marine Institute
  • Liaise closely with Mercator Ocean International to ensure alignment of the IBI –MFC biogeochemistry with overall delivery of the IBI-MFC biogeochemical service and with the strategy of the CMEMS Product Quality Working Group
  • Produce Quality Information Documents for IBI Biogeochemical analysis and reanalysis models
  • Contribute to the publication of Ocean State Report through developing Ocean Monitoring Indicators for same
  • Produce and contribute to any further technical and administrative reports and documentation for IBI-MFC service
  • Bring scientific expertise to aid the evolution of the biogeochemical modelling system for Ireland-Biscay-Iberia region as part of CMEMS IBI-MFC.

Please read a detailed job description here

Educational and Professional Requirements

  • Third level degree in relevant technical management or scientific subject e.g. Physical or Biological Oceanography, Environmental Science or Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or related discipline with sound numerical background and knowledge of biogeochemical cycles in the ocean
  • At least two years of post-qualification work experience in a relevant scientific/technical project lead role
  • Proven track record in managing projects, people and budgets, ideally with some experience of public sector procurement.
  • Proven track record in programming in Python or Matlab
  • Experience in working with NetCDF file format
  • Ability to be well organised and work to tight deadlines, identifying priorities and managing time effectively


Remuneration is in accordance with Public Sector, Department of Finance approved salary scale for Higher Executive Officer with a starting salary of €48,027 pro rated with time worked. You will become a member of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme.

Duration of Contract

The contract will be issued on a temporary specified purpose basis for a time period up to a maximum of 2 years, subject to funding.

How to Apply

An up-to-date C.V. and letter of application summarising experience and skillset applicable to the position should be emailed to recruitment [at] marine [dot] ie or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference OSIS/CMEMS/FEB19

Closing date for Applications

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12:00 noon on Friday 8th March 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer

Closing Date: 
Dé hAoine, 8 Márta, 2019