Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter
February 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:£39,745
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The starting salary will be from £39,745 up to £48,841 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy

This new full-time post is immediately available on a fixed term basis for a period of one year.

This role is subject to additional background screening.

The post

The Faculty wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Jacqueline Christmas. This UK Hydrographic Office funded post is available immediately, for a period of one year. The ideal candidate for this post will be a computer scientist with knowledge of oceanography and simulation, or an oceanographer with strong, proven skills in programming and software engineering.

In this project we will define and develop a maritime digital twin from which we will generate physically realistic simulations of waves on the sea's surface over time, and to do so at the resolution required to support a ship or boat motion simulator. We will start by looking at swell waves, but intend to incorporate wind and tidal flow effects as well.

One part of the project will be to design, develop and document programs to extract Sentinel-1 SAR data over time for a selected sea area. These data will be processed into localised wave climate, which will be included in the digital twin where it will be used to generate driving wave systems in simulations.

While we will be undertaking the development for a specific UK coastal area, the design will support any sea area. The localised wave climate from Sentinel-1 will be used to generate driving wave systems in simulations, but the design will also allow for real wave systems, recorded by satellite SAR or ground-based grazing incidence X-band radar, to be used to drive the simulator; this will allow us to compare/validate the simulations with/from the radar recordings.

This project is being undertaken for and in collaboration with the UK's Hydrographic Office (UKHO). UKHO is a world-leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data to support safe, secure and thriving oceans, and they will be providing bathymetry data on which the digital twin will be based. For candidates able to pass basic UK security vetting, they offer the chance to spend some of the time working at their site in Taunton, Somerset.

Because the UKHO is part of the Ministry of Defence, certain nationalities are excluded from applying for this job, as follows:

  • Belarus
  • China (including Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • British nationals with any dual nationality
  • About you

    The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events, particularly for and in close collaboration with the UKHO.

    Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in the relevant area and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to design and develop the digital twin and its associated simulations, so strong programming skills are required, preferably in Matlab or Python. Knowledge of oceanography, in terms of sea surface waves and their characteristics, would be ideal.

    Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

    What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly;
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development;
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career;

  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy;

  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

  • The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

    Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

    Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

    With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

    For further information please contact Professor Jacqueline Christmas, e-mail [email protected] or telephone (01392) 723039.

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