Senior Scientist/Engineer (waves/metocean)

We are seeking an experienced Senior Scientist/Engineer to join our waves and metocean team.

Wallingford, Oxfordshire
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We are recruiting for an experienced Senior Scientist/Engineer to join our growing Coasts and Oceans Group, specifically within our Waves and Metocean teams. These teams specialise in computational modelling assessments for waves, flows, winds, seawater temperature and other Metocean data.

The work requires an excellent understanding of nearshore processes, oceanographic data, computational modelling of waves and flows, and extreme value analysis, for consultancy in ports, harbours, open coast, and offshore wind sites, both for operational and extreme (design) conditions.

The Senior Scientist/Engineer will be at the forefront of our projects, working closely with clients to understand their requirements, while working through technical issues with the teams to formulate proposed solutions. The successful candidate will be communicative, delivery-focussed (proposals and projects), quality-focussed, and will relish the opportunity to work under pressure to manage/direct and deliver numerous consultancy projects to clients around the world, while contributing to the development of more junior staff and to the company’s internal research programme in relation to waves and Metocean.

Key qualifications and skills

  • Degree in a relevant field (e.g., physical oceanography, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics).
  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., hydrodynamics, physical oceanography, coastal engineering).
  • Chartered Scientist or Engineer would be desirable.
  • Experienced in computational modelling of wind, waves and flows.
  • A full understanding of nearshore wave processes in the real world, as evidenced through published papers or equivalent commercial track record.
  • Experienced in the derivation of statistical extreme values for design (e.g., waves, water levels, wind speed, currents, both non-cyclonic and cyclonic).
  • A good background in scientific computing in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, Matlab, FORTRAN.
  • Able to write clear reports, undertake QA of modelling processes, results and supporting data, and undertake technical reviews giving sign-off to completed work.
  • Able to support and work closely with civil engineers to optimise the design of marine facilities (by providing expertise in waves / Metocean).

You will need to live within a good commutable distance to our offices in Wallingford, Oxfordshire or be willing to relocate. We are happy to explore flexible working arrangements. Further information including a full job specification can be found below.

How to apply

If you are excited about this role but are unsure about whether you’re the right fit, we encourage you to apply. We’re also happy to answer any questions by emailing

Click the Apply now button below to submit your application. Your application should include a CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter. 

Closing date: 1 March 2024

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

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Emma Thomas
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