Research Fellow - Numerical Modeling | coastal processes and hydro- and morpho-dynamic processes

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Jiya Albert

May 13, 2024, 8:51:14 AMMay 13
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Research Fellow - Numerical Modeling of coastal processes and hydro- and morpho-dynamic processes

An excellent opportunity awaits a researcher to join the Modeling team at the Centre for Environment and Marine Studies (CEMS) inside King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). We are seeking a candidate at the post-grad or Post Doc level who possesses specialized knowledge in coastal dynamics, biogeochemistry, and numerical modelling.

You will develop and apply regional numerical ocean models to investigate the coastal processes and /or biogeochemistry of Arabian Gulf/Red Sea waters. Selected candidates will join our team of numerical modelers conducting investigations related to the physical mechanisms that connect the deep and coastal oceans, and which drive change in coastal oceans. You will collaborate internally and externally to apply your research to provide an improved interpretation of coastal hydrodynamics based on past, present and projected future ocean-climate variability. There is flexibility to work across several projects involving the development and application of high-resolution ROMS, NEMO, and Delft3D regional ocean models.

You will also undertake innovative research supporting the activities of research projects, involving the modelling of coastal hazards and hydro- and morpho-dynamic processes (Environmental and Climate consequences of infrastructure development in coastal and offshore waters). Although the projects have distinct research aims, each is strongly driven by research impact goals, including reducing environmental and marine risk from potential impacts of accidents and offshore constructions, dredging/trenching activities and informing coastal management and adaptation decisions relating to future coastal evolution.

Required Experience

PhD in a coastal processes-related field (Physical Oceanography, Coastal Engineering, or similar)

Required Skills

·     Experience with estuarine, and coastal ocean,  is particularly relevant, including working with NEMO, FVCOM, SCHISM, Delft3D-FM, ROMS, or similar.

·       Experience with model calibration and validation.

·  Experience designing and implementing dynamics of coastal processes and /or biogeochemistry in modelling studies.

·    Although the position is for a biogeochemical/coastal processes modeller, a strong understanding of hydrodynamics is also necessary.

Preferred Skills

Experience with coastal processes and sediment dynamics, e.g., working with tides, tidal dispersion, sediment dispersion etc.

·         Experience with multiple model platforms is a plus.

·         Familiar with high-performance computing (HPC) environment

·   Our team works with Matlab, Python, Linux, Git, and sometimes Fortran, so prior experience with these is a plus.

Responsibilities will include:

·  Developing and applying biogeochemical / water quality models, and interpreting simulation results.

·         Synthesizing results in reports and peer-reviewed articles.

You will have a PhD in a coastal processes-related field (Marine Science, Oceanography, Coastal Engineering or similar), and have published from your PhD research. You will have excellent numeracy skills required for analysing large data sets and demonstrable experience using hydro- and morpho-dynamic numerical models. Modelling experience with Delft3D, ROMS or XBeach is highly desirable. Experience with coastal field data collection and/or machine learning is also desirable. You are someone who likes working in a team but is also self-motivated and able to work independently.

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.

If you are excited about this role, but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or one of our other roles.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Dr. Jiya Albert by email

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