Senior Research Scientist – National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

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 and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, moving to independent & charitable status as of 1 November 2019.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. A community where each employee adopts a crucial role in furthering the aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution to the health of the oceans, with a focus in 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.

About the role

You will be joining a dynamic, supportive and innovative team that carries out internationally-significant research into ocean circulation and processes. As a key member of the OSNAP (https://ukosnap.org) group of projects you will be carrying out and leading research into the processes and impacts of variability of North Atlantic overturning and gyre circulation. You will be collaborating closely with UK and international research groups, and using new observations and model data to progress our understanding and publish high quality research outputs.

You will be developing as a science leader, writing proposals to shape the direction of future research and managing a team of researchers and PhD students. You will take part in research expeditions, with a wide range of responsibilities including planning, experiment design, data processing and quality control, and leading future expeditions.

About you

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced physical oceanographer for this mid-stage science career 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 experience of managing team members (e.g. students or post-PhD researchers) to enable their research success and career development.

You have a strong record of high-quality research in physical oceanography, with a focus on Atlantic circulation and processes. You have experience of using a range of observational data sets in your research, potentially including model data, and ideally including data from deep-ocean moored instruments. You know and enjoy using programming languages (e.g. Matlab, Python). You are willing to take part in sea-going research expeditions approximately once every two years, and typically lasting 3-4 weeks.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. 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 careers@noc.ac.uk / +44 (0)7950 805967.

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and person specification.

Advert posted: 04 February 2021.

Closing date: 4 March 2021. 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.

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