Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC245688
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £35222 - £52061
Date Posted 19 June 2018
Grade NERC-5 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 31 August 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £35,222 - £40,505 (Band 5) £45,271 - £52,061 (Band 4) depending on relevant experience
Hours: Full time
Contract: Open Ended
Closing Date: 31st August 2018

About the role:

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a dynamic scientist with initiative and creativity to provide scientific leadership and develop new ideas and proposals within the Satellite Oceanography team at NOC. We are particularly interested in scientific expertise related to exploiting satellite remote sensing to monitor and understand atmosphere-ocean processes, upper ocean dynamics and/or long-term environmental change in global, coastal and/or polar oceans.

You will initially help to deliver existing satellite projects but will gradually take a leading role in developing new ideas and proposals in this rapidly growing field of research. The post represents a key element of NOC’s strategy to strengthen its research capability in Satellite Oceanography.

Key responsibilities for this position will include leading and coordinating the preparation and submission of research proposals, providing scientific leadership for the production of high impact publications, and supervising post-doctoral researchers and the delivery of research projects. You will play a central role in securing research funding from national and international bodies to complement the Satellite Oceanography research portfolio at NOC.

About you:

You will have several years of post-doctoral experience with a track record for scientific excellence in at least one relevant scientific topic, demonstrated evidence of performing research leading to high-impact publications, and a sound record in developing and leading successful proposals. Previous experience of managing people, projects and resources will be essential.

A balance of scientific expertise, creativity, practical management skills, business acumen and excellent communication, inter-personal and networking skills will be essential. You will have demonstrated the ability to deliver scientific leadership and expertise and to work effectively with people with a wide range of backgrounds. An appetite for working on innovative and challenging topics at the interface between science and engineering is highly desirable.

Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £35,222 and £40,505 (Band 5) or £45,271 and £52,061 (Band 4) depending upon skills and relevant experience.

The position is open to all candidates regardless of nationality, but applicants should specify their nationality and right to work in the UK status in their application.

Given the national and international collaborative nature of this position, the ability to travel regularly to meetings and conferences in the UK and abroad, including the USA and developing countries, is essential.

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

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.

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

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 (

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Qualifications and Knowledge:


  • PhD in numerate discipline (or equivalent experience in research environment)
  • understanding of principles of ocean remote sensing
  • scientific knowledge and experience in one or more of the following research areas (in no order of priority): global/regional/coastal sea level, salinity/freshwater cycle, small scale ocean processes & upper ocean mixing, wind-wave-current interactions, circulation in coastal/shelf/polar, trends in winds and wave climate and extremes.

Experience related to position:


  • sound record in (or clear potential for) developing and leading proposals and successful fund raising, including from diverse funding sources
  • demonstrated evidence of research leading to high-impact publications in oceanography and/or remote sensing
  • experience of managing people and resources, and leading medium to large international projects.



  • clear critical thinking
  • maths, statistics and data analysis methods
  • computing skills (Matlab, Python, C)
  • excellent oral and written communication.



  • interest in ocean remote sensing platforms and methods, and willingness to lead and to collaborate at the science/engineering interface
  • able to supervise others and provide scientific and strategic guidance
  • able to manage staff, projects and finance.


  • able to interact with people from different backgrounds (e.g. developing countries; engineers; politicians; general public).

Other requirements:


  • able to travel to project meetings and conferences within the UK and internationally.

Job Purpose:

The main attributes of the PI will be to provide scientific leadership on topics relevant to existing SO capabilities, and to initiate and lead new proposals, particularly with a view to diversifying income in the team towards larger longer-term projects (e.g. EU, ODA, UKRI) than those typically funded by ESA and the UK Space Agency.

Expectations of the role:

This position is advertised as an open-ended Band 4/Band 5 Principal Investigator position, depending on experience, to attract high calibre candidates that can provide (or have the potential to provide) scientific leadership and realise the revenue-generating potential of this dynamic team and rapidly growing area of research.

The new PI will be expected, in the first instance, to help deliver existing projects within the Satellite Oceanography team, and then to develop his/her own research projects by following up funding opportunities for Satellite Oceanography that are currently missed due to the lack of PI time. Of particular interest are applications of satellite remote sensing to monitoring atmosphere-ocean processes, upper ocean dynamics and long-term environmental change in coastal and polar regions. Possible new opportunities include Sustainable Development (SD), Overseas Development Aid (ODA) and Business-oriented initiatives, all leading to research with high scientific, economic and societal impact.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities:

  • coordinate and lead preparation and submission of proposals
  • provide research leadership for the production of high-impact publications
  • supervise post-doctoral researchers and the delivery of research projects
  • supervise doctoral and master students
  • project and staff management duties.

Expectations of all staff:

  • comply with Research Council 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 with the successful candidate
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your Manager.

How to apply:

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 quoting reference number IRC245688. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Christine Gommenginger by email (

Closing date: 31st August 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).