Principle Research Scientist – NOC

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

We are seeking a principal research scientist to joint the RAPID team on an open-ended appointment in the MPOC group at the NOC in Southampton.

About the role:

The successful candidate will undertake and lead research on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and its role in the global climate system, and will contribute to delivering the RAPID programme’s goals of observing and quantifying the AMOC.

In addition, the successful candidate will lead a five-yearly repeat of the GO-SHIP section across the Atlantic at 26°N, co-located with RAPID. The candidate will also lead and contribute to research proposals that build on and add value to the RAPID and repeat hydrography observations. The post holder will lead both on the evaluation of the existing array measurements and technology, and also particularly on the evolution of observing the AMOC with alternate data sources and developing technologies. We expect the post holder to grow into the future leader of the RAPID team here at NOC.

This is an Open Ended appointment, 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 Principal Research Scientist (Band 4) position and the salary band will be £45,271 to £51,667 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 applicant will be an innovative and original thinker on the ocean’s role in the climate system, and will be a highly-motivated and productive scientific leader, with strong records of leading and collaborating on research programmes, publications and competitive income generation, who will join 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 the Head of the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate Research Group, Professor Sheldon Bacon (

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 IRC243506  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: 4 January 2018

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place on 24, 25 and 26 January 2018.

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