Postdoctoral Researcher – National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

Postdoctoral Researcher: Marine Physicist, Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:
We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher position in NOC’s Marine Physics and Ocean climate (MPOC) group investigating and large-scale ocean uptake and heat and carbon. The successful candidate will undertake targeted research tasks to contribute to large research projects and support the communication and management of these projects.

The focus of the research tasks will be on the analysis of observations and observational products to quantify variability of ocean properties and ocean circulation and identify the impacts of that variability on the oceans role in the climate system. The initial focus will be in the South Atlantic and will include an analysis of data from Argo floats to identify the importance of Indian Ocean waters in setting the properties of the upper 1000m.

The post will also contribute to the communication of these research tasks and the achievements of the broader projects (AtlantOS and SMURPHS) within which the tasks sit through publications and presentations.

The post holder will also support the communication and delivery of the NERC-funded research projects, TICTOC and ABC-fluxes. Working with Principal Investigator Elaine McDonagh this role will include ensuring delivery of these projects and communicating the achievements of the projects to project investigators and other key stakeholders.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, with funding on a full-time basis for two years offered on NERC terms and conditions and open to internal and external candidates. We welcome applications for full and part-time working.

This is a postdoctoral researcher (Band 6) position and the salary band will be £28,200 to £30,600 per annum.

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.

Hours of Work:
The hours of working are 37 hours per week for a full-time post and reduced pro-rata for a part-time post.

About you:
The successful applicants will be motivated and productive scientists, joining a network of International researchers involved as project partners, investigators, postdoctoral researchers and students. The ability to work as part of such a team is essential.

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 (

If you have any questions about these posts please contact, Dr Elaine McDonagh (, Associate Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate Group.

Our Commitment as an Employer:
The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women’s employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.
The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

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 quoting reference number IRC243675. 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: 4th February 2018

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