Research Fellow – National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography (Dynamics of Bottom Water Overflows in the Southan Ocean)

Physical Oceanography

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £28,982 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (3 years)
Closing Date: Friday 07 October 2016
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: 759216HN

Ocean and Earth Science at the National Oceanograph, Southampton (NOCS) is seeking to recruit a Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography to undertake research on the dynamics of Antarctic Bottom Water overflows in the Southern Ocean. The role will focus on the analysis of a range of novel measurements of small- and finescale processes collected in the Orkney Passage in the Weddell Sea within the DynOPO (Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow) consortium. These observations will be conducted by a dedicated research expedition in March – April 2017, and by a mooring array deployed for 2 years in the passage. Observations will involve a suite of innovative techniques, including the measurement of deep-ocean flows and turbulence using a variety of specialised profiling instruments and a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team examining the physical processes relevant to the dynamics setting the transport and mixing of Antarctic Bottom Water through the Orkney Passage. The DynOPO project aims to determine how these dynamics regulate the heat budget of the Atlantic Ocean’s deepest layers, and assess how they have contributed to the Atlantic abyssal warming observed in recent decades. The DynOPO group includes an active sea-going team, numerical modellers and theoreticians. The NOCS DynOPO project team will work closely with scientists at project partner institutions both in the UK (British Antarctic Survey) and the USA (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory – Princeton).

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.

The post is fixed term (3 years).

The closing date is 7th of October 2016.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato on 023 8059 2680 or e-mail, or Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams on 023 8059 6044 or e-mail

Ocean and Earth Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award demonstrating its commitment to providing equal opportunities and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. 

The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit in with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. We would, therefore, consider requests to undertake this role on a part-time or a flexible working basis.  Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness

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