Postdoctoral Research Associate – National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: £28,200 – 32,430 (Band 6)

Full time (37 hours per week) / Part Time (hours subject to negotiation)

Fixed term (2 years) / (contract length variable for part time roles)

About the role:

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated scientist, with experience in physical oceanography and its role in climate, to carry out Lagrangian analyses of drifter trajectories (observed and modelled).  You will diagnose freshwater pathways originating in Arctic and Greenland melt water using drifters deployed on the shelves around Greenland.  You will then use the observed and modelled pathways, and additional datasets, to identify processes by which freshwater crosses off the continental shelf and into the deep ocean in the subpolar North Atlantic.

You will work as part of the TERIFIC team (a new EU-funded project called Targeted Experiment to Reconcile Increased Freshwater with Increased Convection), within the Ocean Circulation and Processes subgroup at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.   You will gain observational and analytical skills for Lagrangian and other observational datasets.  The wider TERIFIC project also uses autonomous platforms (gliders and surface vehicles) for ocean observing.

Career development will be supported through personal development and mentoring.

About you:

You will have a PhD in physical oceanography with experience in oceanographic observations and their analysis.  You will have a good knowledge of ocean dynamics and strong quantitative skills, good communication and interpersonal skills, and a publication record appropriate to your career stage.  You will have an interest in presenting your results at national and international conferences.  Participation in fieldwork expeditions (anticipated for 2019/20) is desirable but not required.

Other information:

A full time position will be offered at 37 hours per week on a fixed term appointment for two years. Part time hours will also be considered, up to a maximum fixed term appointment of five years.

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.

For part time posts, the salary will be calculated on a pro rata basis and all part time employees will have full access to NERC benefits.

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.

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 IRC246924. 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 further information about the TERIFIC Project, please visit

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams via

Closing date: 11 November 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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