Principal Research Scientist (Oceans and Climate) – National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

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.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

The Ocean Circulation and Processes team is looking to expand by recruiting an experienced and motivated research leader.

This role is to lead excellent and impactful research within the broad field of the physics of ocean, ice and atmosphere in the climate system. Research topics could be inclusive of a range of time and space scales from the large-scale and long-term ocean circulation through to small-scale processes such as mixing, as well as interactions across physical interfaces. The role is part of a dynamic, supportive and innovative team that carries out internationally-significant research into ocean circulation and processes. The role requires effective and innovative leadership and responsibility for the professional development of a team, as well as working in partnership with UK and international research groups.

The NOC Principal Research Scientists are highly accomplished researchers and leaders of significant projects within an overarching research programme. They have international standing, typically with a strong track record of publications and other research outcomes. Working widely with others, Principal Research Scientists are initiators and drivers of strategy and major projects. The role-holder will be expected to take a leadership role in some existing NOC research programmes as well as propose future programmes. The role-holder can expect to be responsible for major challenges and initiatives requiring advanced skills in management, negotiation and persuasion.

In this permanent position you will have the support to continue to develop your skills and career and to grow your research portfolio.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced physical oceanographer for this position. Through your record of publications and funding success you will be able to demonstrate your independent thought, invention and ability to innovate. You have a good international standing in your field of research and are experienced in leading medium to large research programmes to successful outcomes. You have a strong record of high quality research in climate and ocean circulation processes. You have experience of managing teams of students and researchers to enable their research success and career development.

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.


Our Southampton site is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. 

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 / 07590 805967.

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

Date advert posted: 27 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 interview we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for interview we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.

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