Postdoc job advert: oceanographer for Mercator

Mercator Ocean is the French ocean analysis and forecasting centre. It designs, develops, operates and maintains state-of-the-art scientific numerical-modelling systems that are able to describe, analyse and forecast the state of the ocean in 3D, continuously and in real time. Mercator Ocean is a subsidiary of five major French institutions involved in the development of operational oceanography – CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, Météo France and SHOM. Mercator Ocean’s activities include R&D, operational systems, expert forecasting and the services it provides to users around the world (scientists, public agencies, industry, etc.). The company is located at Ramonville Saint-Agne, near Toulouse.

In November 2014, the European Commission delegated the setting-up of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service to Mercator Ocean. The service has now been provided since spring 2015.

We currently have a 12-month fixed-term contract position open (with a possible extension up to 18 months) for an:

Oceanographer in evaluation of regional analysis and forecasting systems (M/F)

to take part in developing our international projects.

In the “Research and Development” department and in the context of the ICE-ARC EU FP7 project ( , you will develop methods to evaluate analysis and forecasting system products in the Arctic Ocean:

  • You will contribute to the development of existing diagnostic tools designed to evaluate and validate, with appropriate observations, the ice-covered Arctic Ocean. These diagnostics will specifically allow for measuring uncertainties in relevant climatic quantities.
  • You will contribute to the scientific promotion of these studies through writing scientific publications and participating in project meetings, workshops and conferences at the national and international levels.


After five years of higher education or a PhD with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience (including your thesis) in oceanic or climate science  with a proven track record in research, you have strong expertise in physical oceanography and oceanic modelling (NEMO being the modelling platform at Mercator Ocean), as well as experience with observational data. Your advanced skills in oceanography include experience in scientific computing, working in a Linux environment and a background using Fortran programming and graphics software. You are rigorous, well-organised and responsive, and your skills and ideas will contribute to ambitious projects. Your ability to innovate and your findings will fit in the team’s workplan to optimize methods and systems. You speak and write English fluently.

Send your letter stating your reasons for applying, including a detailed CV as well as letters of recommendation with the reference 2016-07/RD/OEARC to: no later than September 9 2016.

Date of publication: July 29 2016

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