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Reference : UMR7294-SYLJOV-005
Workplace : MARSEILLE 09
Date of publication : Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Type of Contract : FTC Technical / Administrative
Contract Period : 15 months
Expected date of employment : 1 April 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2 510 and 2 694 € / month depending on experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : 1 to 4 years
The Research Engineer will be in charge of multi-sensor and multiplatform data analysis to better characterize coastal ocean bio-physical properties and dynamics. This will be achieved by combining Earth Observation (EO) data over the ocean available from Copernicus (e.g. sea surface wind, sea surface height, sea surface temperature, ocean color) with high-resolution bathymetric dataset. Those gridded datasets are derived from satellite measurements, model re-analyses or a combination of both. Validation and sensitivity analysis of the high-resolution upwelling index will be conducted across a range of hydroclimatic conditions by considering in-situ data sets compiled from Copernicus database as well as national/regional observational networks (e.g. T-MEDNet for nearshore in situ temperature series, moorings maintained by OSU Pytheas, MOOSE, etc…).
The main activities will be (i) to analyze the spatio-temporal patterns of intermittent up- and down-welling at high-resolution and at the scale of the Mediterranean basin, (ii) to characterize the bio-physical properties of all coastal regions, including those which house Marine Protected Areas (MPA), and (iii) to analyse the role of these transient events in modulating local thermal regimes and marine heatwaves to identify warming hotspots and climatic refugee (areas where the warming signal is abated).
Non-exhaustive list of the main tasks:
- To analyze up- and down- welling statistical occurrences as well as their long-term trends in all coastal regions of the Mediterranean basin.
- To investigate the impacts on regional air-sea interactions over a range of hydroclimatic conditions.
- To conduct bio-physical characterization of the coastal environment using different ranking/clustering techniques for multivariate data.
- To interpret and communicate scientific results in workshops and/or international conferences and to write peer-reviewed scientific articles in agreement with the principal investigators.
- To coordinate, in conjunction with principal investigators, the externalization of the development of a web module from which scientists and stakeholders will access our dataset and indices.
- Coastal oceanographer interested in environmental and multidisciplinary topics with strong background in geophysical data analysis.
- Knowledge of Mediterranean ecosystems and coastal dynamics as well as skills to design and participate into in-situ monitoring of the coastal ocean are not strictly required but will be considered as additional assets.
- Diploma: Ph.D. in Oceanography (or related discipline) with 3+ years of academic work experience.
- Strong data analysis skills are required.
- Expert knowledge of at least 1 scientific programming language (Matlab, Python, C++; Matlab is preferred). Experience in handling large data-bases and big-data analyses.
- Rigorous, organized, fast learning and autonomous person, with proficient English speaking and writing competences, proved team working abilities as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.
The Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO) is a multidisciplinary research laboratory in Marine Sciences which is part of the OSU-Pytheas. It is under the joint administrative direction of Aix-Marseille University, Toulon University, the CNRS and the IRD. It is composed of more than 200 scientists including about 100 Professors, Associate Professors and Researchers (CNRS & IRD), about 50 engineers and technicians, around 50 doctoral students as well as an administrative team supporting research. Its overarching goal is to better understand the oceanic system and its evolution in response to global changes. MIO has expertise in marine biology, ecology, biodiversity, microbiology, fisheries sciences, physics, chemistry, biogeochemistry and sedimentology. Our working environment is the world ocean and its continental, atmospheric and sediment interfaces. Main research fields include the oceanic and atmospheric circulation, the dynamics of marine ecosystems, marine biodiversity (from bacteria to top predators) and ocean pollution. This research involves (i) observations from oceanographic campaigns and the deployment of underwater instruments (such as buoys, towed instruments, AUV, gliders, etc…) equipped with sensors, from coastal HF radars and satellite imagery, (ii) analytical and experimental laboratory work and (iii) numerical analyses and modeling.
Under the supervision of V. Rossi and C. Pinazo, the position will be based at the MIO which is located on the “Luminy” campus (Marseille, France). It involves tight local collaborations among MIO scientists and IT services. He/she will also benefit from international collaborations. He/she could undertake a few trips to attend national scientific meetings and international scientific conference (if the sanitary situation allows it).
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