Physical Oceanographer, Senior Researcher – National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

We are looking for a talented observational physical oceanographer to join the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate Group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton on a permanent basis.

About the role:

The purpose of this role is to contribute to the leadership, management and delivery of projects within the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC) Group. These projects, led by Dr Elaine McDonagh (Associate Head of MPOC) include:

  • Transient Tracer based investigation of Circulation and Thermal Ocean Change (TICTOC; that will investigate the distribution, evolution and controls of added (due to global warming) and redistributed (circulation-driven) temperature change
  • Atlantic Biogeochemical (ABC) fluxes ( that is adding carbon to the RAPID array and investigating the impact of circulation variability on the uptake of carbon in the North Atlantic.

The role will focus on analysis of observations including those from GO-SHIP repeat hydrography, Argo and the RAPID array. This analysis will inform the role of circulation and water mass property variability on the oceanic uptake of heat and carbon.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking observation-based research of the Ocean’s role in the climate system with a main focus on heat uptake and circulation variability and a secondary focus on the physical controls of carbon uptake
  • Presenting and publishing results in leading journal and conferences
  • Assisting the Principal Investigator with project leadership and scientific management
  • Developing a personal portfolio of research funding

There will be the opportunity to participate in research cruises.

About you:

This role is designed for a talented research scientist who is an emerging or potential Principal Investigator. You will undertake novel research to deliver funded programs and assist the Principal investigator with the scientific leadership and management of those multi centre and international programs. You will be an excellent communicator, with the ability to work well in a team as well as individually.

Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £35,222 and £40,505 per annum (Band 5). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Although the post is advertised as full-time, we would also consider part-time appointments with the option of job-sharing.

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.

Interviews will take place in December 2018 or January 2019.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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.

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit

What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

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.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

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:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC247463. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Elaine McDonagh (

Closing date: 16 December 2018

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