The British Antarctic Survey is inviting applications for an observational physical oceanographer with a track record of interpreting and analysing observational polar oceanographic datasets. The successful candidate will use observational datasets and numerical model output to construct and test a dynamical framework explaining the circulation of the Weddell Gyre and its export of dense water to the global ocean.

This is a 36 month position for a suitably qualified postdoctoral researcher and will contribute to two projects funded by the European Commission H2020 programme and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): SO-CHIC (Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate) and ORCHESTRA (Ocean regulation of climate by Heat and Carbon sequestration and Transports).

Both projects both require the assembly, analysis and synthesis of Weddell Sea datasets from a variety of platforms and national programmes. The postholder will need to demonstrate that they have training/experience in working with observational datasets from various sources and using them to examine regional ocean dynamics. They will work with in situ and satellite observations from a variety of platforms operated by project partners, including moorings, gliders, drifters, ship and seal hydrography and satellite altimetry. These will be combined alongside numerical model outp to provide a synthesis view of Weddell Gyre variability and change in response to external forcing. The combined datasets will be used to develop and test a gyre scale dynamical framework as well as to validate and tune models developed by partners within SO-CHIC. The dynamical framework will also need to integrate the impact of the Weddell polynya upon gyre circulation, and the candidate will need to work alongside SO-CHIC and ORCHESTRA collaborators explicitly modelling the region.

The postholder will need a strong understanding of ocean dynamics, and specifically those relating to subpolar gyre circulation and Antarctic dense water formation and export. Additionally they will need a strong mathematical background and a track-record of delivering high-quality scientific results and disseminating them in leading journals, and at national and international conferences. Direct experience with mooring data and analysis of similar Southern Ocean or Weddell Sea in situ and satellite observations would be considered a significant advantage.


  • Combine observational data to examine Weddell Gyre dynamics and interpret model output in the region.
  • Attend SO-CHIC/ORCHESTRA project meetings and engage with associated project partners to deliver the project objectives.
  • Lead high-quality publications resulting from the project.

Applications may be submitted to and are due on 15 December 2019.

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