Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR) - Ocean Modelling

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

The successful candidate will work within the Oceanographic Services team as a Postdoctoral Researcher, with main responsibility for delivering modelling products and services for the following projects:

  • Interreg VA project COMPASS (Collaborative Oceanography for Marine Protected Areas and Species)
  • Interreg Atlantic Area CleanAtlantic (Tackling marine litter in the Atlantic Area)

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing numerical modelling for the above projects and will work closely with international partners.  Specifically, the candidate will contribute to the development of regional Duranand coastal scale hydrodynamic models for the purpose of supporting the delivery of Marine Strategy Framework Directive descriptors.

Among the duties and responsibilities, include:

  • Expend the Marine Institute’s ocean modelling services in line with COMPASS and CleanAtlantic project requirements.
  • Liaise closely with international project partners developing models and tools.
  • Develop hydrodynamic models and carry out simulation in support of Marine Protected Areas.
  • Participate in research activities that support projects milestones and related objectives and publish in the scientific literature.
  • Attend relevant meetings or working groups.

Please read a detailed job description here

Educational and Professional Requirements

  • PhD in Physical or Biological Oceanography, Civil Engineering, numerical modelling or related discipline with sound numerical background.
  • Experience in running or maintaining numerical hydrodynamic models.
  • Proven track record in using one or more scripting languages, e.g. Matlab, Python or similar.
  • The ability to be well organised and work to deadlines identifying priorities and managing time effectively.


Remuneration is in accordance with Public Sector, Department of Finance approved salary scale for Postdoctoral Researchers  with a starting salary of €37,223  - €48,205 per annum 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 specified purpose basis for up to a maximum duration of 24 months, working full time hours (39 hrs per week) subject to funding with a 6 month probationary period.

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 or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference OSIS/PDR_Ocean_Modelling/May2019.

Closing date for Applications

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12:00 noon on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 . Late applications will not be accepted.

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Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer

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