Friday, January 18, 2013

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW in wave modeling for the 2015 PanAm Games - Environment Canada

Environment Canada is seeking a highly motivated and qualified wave modeler to contribute to the development of an ensemble wave forecast and a high-resolution coupled wave-atmosphere forecast system for the Great Lakes.  The work will initially focus on developing ensemble forecasts of waves over the Great Lakes.  Coupling with lake, land, and atmospheric models will also be investigated in a deterministic nest covering competition sites. Ensemble forecast systems that will result from this work are to be used to develop probabilistic forecasts.

High resolution coupled forecasts are to be used to evaluate the contribution of different forcings.  This is a challenging opportunity to work across several disciplines.  This is also a unique opportunity to carry out research in an operational environment and to interact with EC scientist and with the Canadian Coast Guard which can broaden future career options.

Essential Qualifications: A recent (i.e. less than 5 years) Ph.D. in physical ocean sciences, atmospheric sciences or a closely related field is required.  Experience with data processing, and knowledge of programming (Fortran, UNIX environment) are also required. Demonstrated ability to communicate results in the form of scholarly articles and the ability to work in a collaborative team are essential.

Desirable Qualifications: Experience with ensemble prediction methods, coupled modeling, WavewatchIII, running complex models on high-performance computers, analyzing large datasets and verification statistics are all important and will be considered as assets.  Skills in languages and programs such as Python, Matlab, R, IDL are also important.  Environment Canada is a bilingual work place, fluency in English is essential.  Fluency in French would be an asset.

Details: The successful candidate will be located at the RPN quarters of Environment Canada (EC) in Montreal QC.  Funding is available for 2 years pending satisfactory progression revision after 1 year.  The
prefered start date is 1 April 2013. Salary in the range of $50-60k and health coverage are guaranteed from the 3rd month of employment to the end of the appointment.

Application: To apply, please send a cover letter explaining how you meet the selection criteria, a current curriculum vitae, together with a list of publications, names of three persons who may act as references, and a brief statement of interest, to the address below. Review of applications will begin 11 February 2013.

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