Ocean Modeller – NOC

Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) Group, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

NOC is seeking a talented and enthusiastic ocean scientist to join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC in Southampton. This post is part of newly funded Global Challenges Research Fund project SOLSTICE and its key aim is promoting applications of ocean models for sustainable use of living marine resources in the countries of the Western Indian Ocean.

The successful candidate will support a large number of case studies using high resolution global ocean model NEMO by WIO and UK researchers. The post holder will improve and further develop a website which enables both the extraction and dissemination of subsets of NEMO global ocean model data, and the hosting of uploaded media content about this model. This system integrates directly with the JASMIN computational and data storage cluster hosted by STFC at Harwell, UK. The post holder will support capacity development of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) project partners by enabling access, analysis and visualisation of the high resolution model output. Although at the beginning of the project the emphasis is on technical modelling support, we expect the successful candidate to actively participate in a wide variety of case studies using outputs of the ocean models, publish results in peer-reviewed literature as a co-author (and lead author for ambitious candidates) and to take this opportunity to build up a body of knowledge, skills and expertise for an academic career in the general area of ocean modelling.

The successful candidate will have a strong 1st degree in numerate, science, engineering, mathematics or computational discipline and have the following technical skills:  Knowledge of Django; use of python in an operational or ‘deployed’ mode; experience of operating web applications in a Linux environment; use of MySQL or similar databases; experience of system administration of Linux virtual machines; deployment and configuration of web servers, including network interfaces, system and service logging and system monitoring; development of web applications; installation and administration of databases and database servers; experience of installation and configuration of web services in a Linux environment; developing products to customer specifications; delivering products that are version-controlled, well-documented and easily maintained or extended.

Knowledge of numerical modelling or project experience in any of the Earth Science disciplines is highly desirable. In addition, the successful candidate will have advanced communication skills, abilities and motivation to work with stakeholders and researchers outside of the area of natural sciences. The post will require frequent travel to the countries of the Western Indian Ocean.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment available for three years starting as soon as possible. The post is offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a full time Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 per annum and depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

What we can offer you:

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.

About us:

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/).

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 to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC242217. 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.

Closing date: 10 September 2017

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