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Principal Scientist/Engineer - Waves/Metocean
Wallingford, South Oxfordshire

FRS-UK are working with a specialist consultancy who offer research and services to help to protect vulnerable communities, improve lives and create resilience in the built and natural environments.

We are recruiting for an experienced Principal Scientist/Engineer to join our growing Coasts and Oceans Group within our Waves and Metocean teams. These teams are specialist 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 Principal 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 & 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

  • Highly 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 strong background in scientific computing in one or more of the following programming languages: Python, Matlab, FORTRAN.

  • Able to confidently discuss clients’ technical problems with them, formulate proposed solutions (working with the team) and execute the required work delivering the clients’ requirements.

  • 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)

  • Able to deliver projects and proposals on time and on budget.

  • Able to communicate complex modelling studies in an easy-to-understand manner.

  • Ability to take the initiative, find solutions and proactively drive progress.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • An interest in contributing to the Company’s research programme and (optional) providing training in nearshore wave processes, modelling, and Metocean

  • Be within a good commutable distance to our offices in Wallingford, Oxfordshire or happy to relocate.


The successful candidate will enjoy a competitive salary plus an outstanding benefits package, including a defined pension scheme with a minimum 10% contribution from the employer. Flexible working arrangements will be considered, including part-time and remote working. 

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