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Job Description: 3 MSc or Phd studentships and 1 Post Doctorate opportunity in the SOCCO physics project

Study 1: Continuous year-round, high-resolution observations of the upper ocean and atmospheric forcing, such as winds and heat fluxes - SOSCEx. :These novel datasets provide an unprecedented way by which we can for the first time observe and study new scales of variability in the upper ocean that are hypothesised to impact the seasonal cycle of climate indicators in the Southern Ocean. Requirements: Honours or Masters degree preferably in Oceanography, Maths OR Physics. Numerical computer skills are advantageous. Any previous experience in data acquiring and processing will be useful.

Study 2: Transient mixing events: ocean-atmosphere feedback mechanisms:It is hypothesized that the underlying oceanic turbulent field of fine scale features, such as eddies and meanders, drives a different response of the overlying wind stress on the upper mixed layer depth and strength of stratification. New observations from twinned glider deployments (profiling glider matched with a surface glider) measure the subsurface ocean structure simultaneously with high frequency atmospheric winds. We can use this information to elucidate the relationship between the ocean and the atmosphere at new time and space scales. Requirements: Honours or Masters degree preferably in Oceanography, Maths OR Physics. Numerical computer skills are advantageous. Any previous experience in data acquiring and processing will be useful.

Study 3: Vertical scale dynamics in the Southern Ocean:Measurements of ocean vertical velocities and diffusion remain extremely rare, even though they have large implications of biogeochemistry, primary production and the carbon cycle. Advanced technology allows us now to investigate the magnitude and variability of these parameters and look at the broader implications in the Southern Ocean. Our regional sampling strategy and current capabilities provide an opportunity to break new ground in this area of ocean research that today remains poorly understood. Requirements: Honours or Masters degree preferably in Oceanography, Maths OR Physics. Numerical computer skills are advantageous. Any previous experience in data acquiring and processing will be useful.

We invite applications for a number of post-graduate study opportunities within the SOCCO Programme, which is a partnership between CSIR and a number of academic institutions. MSc and PhD applications are restricted to South African students but the Post-Docs are open. SOCCO is committed to supporting CSIR and partner-institutions in meeting the goals of national redress in science and engineering.

Expression of interest:Please send CV as expression of interest to Dr Seb Swart at sebastiaan.swart@csir.co.za

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