Coastal Ocean Modelling Scientist – National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool

Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) – the UK’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

In Liverpool, we have a rich history dating back to 1845, and our future has never looked more exciting as NOC aims to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

We seek a talented and enthusiastic ocean scientist to join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC in Liverpool. The successful candidate will work on keeping our coastal-ocean modelling capability at the leading edge, through developing, testing and applying the NEMO ocean model. Model developments will be motivated by and targeted towards improving our models of the NW European Shelf Seas, across a range of strategic research and operational oceanography projects. This includes developing and maintaining standardised European Shelf configurations and promoting its use by the wider scientific community. It also includes working in collaboration with the UK Met Office to support their operational forecast and reanalysis systems. The post holder will be expected to develop their own scientific research direction in this context (e.g. in storm surges, data assimilation, near coastal processes and/or turbulent mixing), publish in appropriate high-impact journals and seek grant income. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate widely in the UK and internationally and participate in the international NEMO consortium. As an open-ended recruit, we would look to the successful candidate to eventually take on a leading role in this context, managing a small portfolio of science projects.

About you

The successful candidate will have substantial experience in dynamical environmental modelling, preferably in the oceanographic context and must thrive when working in small teams. In addition to being a dynamic research scientist, with an established track-record of delivering science outputs at the highest level, the post holder will be an expert programmer, ideally in FORTRAN and Python and highly familiar with high performance computing. Understanding of ocean, and particularly shelf sea physics, is highly desirable. The successful candidate will have a strong 1st degree in a numerate science, engineering or mathematics discipline and have achieved a PhD or have equivalent research experience in physical oceanography or other numerate environmental science.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

Liverpool: The centre is part of the University campus and is only a short walk from the city centre and Lime Street station. We support opportunities for further training and development.

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: 

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at / 07955 851648 / 07590 805967.

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and assessment criteria.

Date advert posted: 19 July 2022

Closing date: 31 August 2022. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants. 

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.

Assessing applications

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a ‘Candidate Assessment’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the strongest candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have been selected for an interview, we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for an interview, we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.

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