Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC246682
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £35222 - £52061
Date Posted 10 September 2018
Grade NERC-5 New
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 21 October 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £35,222 - £40,505 per annum (Band 5) or £45,271 and £52,061 (Band 4) dependant on skills and experience
Band: 4 or 5
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 21st October 2018

Ideally this position will be based in Southampton but we will consider applications from candidates who wish to be based at our Liverpool site.


About the role:
We seek a talented and enthusiastic scientist with substantial experience in modelling marine biogeochemistry, its role in climate and its impact on the society, to join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC in Southampton, UK. You will have a strong publication record in the area of ocean modelling, marine biogeochemistry and/or climate change and (for Band 4) a substantial track record of the grant capture.
You will work on the analysis of North Atlantic Biogeochemistry (BGC) and its role in climate in the CLASS project, bringing together a wide range of modelling and observational efforts.  You will work closely with the NEMO and MEDUSA ocean models and a range of future ocean and climate projections and collaborate widely across the UK and internationally. Collaborative publications in high impact scientific journals are a key expected outcome of this work.

You will be expected to exploit a variety of funding opportunities in the general area of marine and global biogeochemistry, climate change and wider societal challenges such as food security, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and achieving Sustainable Development Goals. 

About you:

You will have experience in analysing ocean biogeochemical models and observations, ideally in a climate or wide earth systems context and be skilled in using analysis software. You will have a strong 1st degree in a numerate scientific or mathematics discipline and have achieved PHD in a numerate environmental science discipline. You will have excellent communication, oral, written and presentational skill. You will have a strong track record in scientific publication and some experience of grant capture.

Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £35,222 and £40,505 per annum (Band 5). Depending upon skills and experience, we may be able to offer Band 4 salary, between £45,271 and £52,061.

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 or low cost car-parking (depending on location: Southampton (free) or Liverpool (low cost).  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 (

Qualifications and Knowledge:


  • degree in numerate discipline and PHD in numerate environmental science discipline or equivalent relevant experience
  • knowledge of ocean biogeochemistry.


  • wider knowledge in oceanography or earth system science.

Experience related to position:


  • analysing ocean BGC models
  • analysing ocean BGC observations
  • scientific publication
  • research grant capture (Band 4)
  • research project leadership (Band 4).


  • running ocean BGC models
  • research grant capture (Band 5)
  • research project leadership (Band 5).



  • skilled with ocean model analysis software (e.g. matlab/python)
  • excellent communication skills: written
  • excellent communication skills: oral and presentation.



  • imaginative/creative thinking
  • collaborative working
  • demonstrates staff leadership (Band 4).


  • team working across disciplines
  • demonstrates staff leadership (Band 5).

Other requirements:


  • international travel will be required.

Job Purpose:

  • analysis of the North Atlantic Biogeochemistry (BGC) and its role in climate in the CLASS project, bringing together models and observations
  • analysing other emerging BGC properties in global ocean and Earth system models
  • working collaboratively to publish these findings in high impact papers
  • developing impact from this work, for example through national and international assessment processes
  • exploiting funding opportunities from a wide range of sources and leading resulting research projects.

Expectations of the role:

  • develop understanding of global marine biogeochemical cycles, processes and impacts in an Earth System context, particularly focusing on carbon but broadening to other aspects as scientific challenges dictate
  • collaborate broadly and effectively
  • publish the outcomes in high impact journals as both lead and co-author
  • lead and participate in a wide range of grant capture activities.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities:

  • ocean carbon system analysis
  • exploiting other BGC aspects in earth system and high resolution model simulations
  • project development and grant capture.

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 post holder
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your manager.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Prof. Jason Holt (

Closing date: 21st October 2018.

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