NERC
Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC245596
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £28200 - £32430
Date Posted 19 June 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 22 July 2018
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £28,200 - £32,430
Grade: Band 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time
Closing date: 22nd July 2018

About us

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world. With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.     

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit www.urki.org

About the role

You will support existing and new research programmes using sustained observations to investigate natural and anthropogenic change, for example work at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain. The aims include applying a quantitative ecological approach to understanding fundamental theoretical mechanisms in ecology and ecosystem function. Such mechanistic research could include focus on factors controlling the spatial and temporal dynamics of benthic ecosystems. The position will focus on deep-sea megafauna. It is expected that the work also will be applied to issues of ocean management such as marine conservation zone management, potential impacts of oil and gas industry activity, carbon capture and storage and seafloor mining.

The job will have the following responsibilities:

  • develop a globally important research programme
  • integrate and add value to existing NOC research programmes
  • present work through a range of media, including through scientific publications and talks
  • supporting NOC sustained observation programme and lead field data acquisition
  • benthic ecological assessment, analysis, reporting and publication
  • engage with national and international network of collaborators and other stakeholders, including industry
  • be willing and able to work at sea and globally
  • administration, project and financial management.

Expectations of the role

  • develop a globally important research programme
  • integrate and add value to existing DeepSeas Group research programmes
  • present work through a range of media, including through scientific publications and talks
  • lead field data acquisition
  • engage with national and international network of collaborators.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities

  • benthic ecological assessment, analysis, reporting and publication
  • supporting NOC sustained observation programme (including field work)
  • presentation of work through multiple media
  • engagement with stakeholders, including industry
  • any other duties that fall within the scope of the post as allocated by the line manager following consultation
  • administration, project and financial management.

Expectations of all staff

  • comply with UKRI and NERC policies at all times, including Equal Opportunities Policies and ensure that duties are carried out in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and guidance documents as directed by NOC
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to NOC values and People Strategy
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to Working with Respect – NOC Guidance
  • attend relevant seminars, workshops and training events and maintain professional development by completing CPD (Continuous Professional Development) appropriate to the role
  • maintain a safe working environment by attending Health and Safety training as required and follow local codes of safe working practices and actively contribute to embedding a safety culture across NOC
  • adopt and promote awareness of NOC’s environmental aims and other initiatives
  • carry out other duties within the scope, spirit and general purpose of the post and adopt a flexible approach to work
  • as duties and responsibilities change this job description will be reviewed and revised in consultation
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your Manager.

Other information

This position will require you to travel globally and spend significant time onboard research or offshore industry vessels (usually 6-8 weeks per voyage). The position will be dependent on passing a medical evaluation to ensure that you can perform their duties at sea.

The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.


Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (http://noc.ac.uk/).

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Qualifications and Knowledge:

Essential

  • a PhD in biological science or related discipline or equivalent.

Experience related to position:

Essential:

  • knowledge of marine ecology, ideally deep-water benthic ecology
  • experience of working in the marine environment, ideally on research cruises
  • experience of academic working (writing and publishing papers, presentation, research grant preparation etc.)

Desirable:

  • specialist knowledge of a particular megafaunal marine taxon
  • experience of deep-sea biology.

Skills: 

Essential:

  • quantitative ecology (ideally including understanding of some aspects of theoretical ecology)
  • data manipulation and analysis, including statistics. Computer programming (e.g. in R or Matlab).

Desirable:

  • working with images to extract biological information.

Behaviours:

Essential:

  • ability to work with wide variety of personnel, different organisations and in multidisciplinary teams
  • proactive and motivated
  • ability to manage time, projects and resources to deliver high-quality science to project deadlines.

Other requirements:

Essential:

  • be willing and able to work at sea and globally for prolonged periods (usually up to ~50 days)
  • must have or be able to complete an ENG 1 seafarer medical fitness certificate
  • evidence of leading high-quality academic publications.

What we can offer you

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.  

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC245596.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Daniel Jones via 02380 596357.

Closing date: 22nd July 2018

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).

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