Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography – National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Ocean and Earth Science at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography to undertake research on the ocean dynamics regulating Antarctic Sea ice, and on the impacts of sea ice on Southern Ocean circulation. The role will focus on the analysis of a range of novel measurements of small-to-mesoscale processes collected in the seasonally ice-covered Weddell Sea within the Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate (SO-CHIC)’ and ‘Drivers and Effects of Fluctuations in Sea Ice in the Antarctic (DEFIANT)’ consortia. These observations will be performed via a range of field campaigns, including the deployment of autonomous systems (such as ice-tethered profilers, microstructure-equipped gliders, and a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle) near and under sea ice, the installation of a cluster of moorings in an open-ocean polynya formation area, and a dedicated research cruise to the Weddell Sea.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team examining the climatic mechanisms and physical processes governing Antarctic Sea ice and its influence on the Southern Ocean circulation. The SO-CHIC and DEFIANT programmes involve an active sea-going oceanographic group, experts in remote sensing, numerical sea ice-ocean modellers and climate dynamicists, and are strongly motivated by the dramatic changes in Antarctic Sea ice (including the re-emergence of the Weddell Polynya) that have occurred in recent years. The NOCS team will work closely with scientists at project partner institutions in the UK (e.g., British Antarctic Survey), other European countries (e.g., Sorbonne University and Gothenburg University) and the USA (e.g., Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in physical oceanography (or a related field) with experience in the interpretation of oceanographic observations.  A good knowledge of ocean dynamics would be beneficial.  Strong quantitative and communication skills, and the ability to conduct innovative research leading to high-impact publications in international refereed journals are essential.

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

The post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis for 2 years.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato on 023 8059 2680 or e-mail

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1735322HN on all correspondence.

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