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Post-doctoral research fellowship

Post-doctoral research fellowship at the Marine and Antarctic Research centre for Innovation and Sustainability (MARIS), University of Cape Town, South Africa

MARIS is the new dedicated centre for interdisciplinary marine research at the University of Cape Town. It brings together the expertise of multiple departments, namely Oceanography, Biological Sciences from the Faculty of Science and the Chemical, Civil and Electrical Engineering departments from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.

MARIS is a partner of the project AtlantECO, funded by the European Commission. We seek a Research Associate (UCT post-doctoral research fellow) to contribute to the project Work Package 6 “Advances in Model Predictability”. The candidate will be requested to implement and run a regional nested model based on CROCO and coupled with the biogeochemical models PISCES and/or BFM to resolve the small-scale transport processes along the Southern Benguela upwelling regions. The model will be coupled to different types of boundary conditions produced within the project and used to study the horizontal and vertical connectivity between adjacent regions and the benthic-pelagic system. The Southern Benguela is one of the target regions to develop the Ocean Health Index, and the modelling results will be used to construct the policy engagement study. The candidate will specifically contribute to the development of an advanced coupling method between the physics and the biogeochemistry, based on a novel Lagrangian approach proposed by Paparella and Vichi (2020).

The candidate must have experience with the implementation of regional numerical models, data analysis and visualization. A theoretical understanding of oceanographic processes will be considered a plus. Experience with the use of super-computers and analysis of parallel simulations is necessary. A publication record of at least one peer-reviewed article pertaining ocean numerical modelling is required. Prior experience with the use of biogeochemical ocean models is preferred but not necessary. The candidate is expected to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of the interdisciplinary MARIS team, under the supervision of PI A/Prof Marcello Vichi, as well as in the framework of the international project. The candidate will be requested to attend the project meetings either remotely or in person, depending on the conditions.

The candidates must have a completed PhD by appointment start date and be within 5 years from graduation. The appointment is for a maximum of three years, renewed annually, contingent upon satisfactory performance. Salary range is between R300,000 and R400,000 per annum, according to experience. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are non-taxable, meaning that fellowships must be granted without fringe benefits and no services are required of the successful candidate in return for the fellowship beyond the agreed research activity. MARIS is committed to equity and to the development of local expertise. This position is particularly targeting South African and African candidates with proven experience in numerical modelling.


Applications will close on February 1st 2021 for an expected starting date April 1st 2021. To apply, send an email to with the subject “AtlantECO post-doc” and attach the following information:

  1. a cover letter describing research experience, interests, and collaborative experience; c
  2. a curriculum vitae
  3. contact information for two (2) referees