Job Details

Job Details

Coastal Ocean Modelling Scientist

Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)
Marine Systems Modelling
3 years
29,181 - 33,558 (Band 6)
Closing Date
Job Reference

Coastal Ocean Modelling Scientist

National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool

Salary: £29,181 - £33,558 (Band 6)

Full Time (37 hours per week)

Fixed Term (3 years)


About the role:

We seek a talented and enthusiastic shelf seas modelling scientist to join the Marine Systems Modelling Group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Liverpool, UK. You will champion relocatable regional modelling, which has become a growth opportunity for the Marine Systems Modelling Group, relocating expertise learnt in the European Shelf Seas to deliver in projects funded by the Official Development Assistance, Commonwealth Marine Economy and Global Challenges Research Funds.

You will help us extend our capability in diverse coastal ocean regions around the world and open up new areas of collaborative science, developing our capability at the interface between models and coastal communities’ human impact agenda.

You will work on developing new configurations, based on NEMO (Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (, in regions where tropical processes dominate. The specific focus will be in providing the underpinning physics configurations, for collaborators with chemical, biogeochemical, or social-science case studies, with the expectation that the physics intuition will inform the collaborative outputs. You will also be involved in feeding these approaches back to our NW European shelf models.

A specific region of focus includes exploring South East Asia (75E to 135E and -20N to +25N) as part of the ACCORD (Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies) Project. The scientific goal is to explore the impacts of shelf sea processes on regional scale freshwater pathways in this region of the global ocean circulation. Specifically, multi-decal simulations will be compared with and without resolving shelf tides (at 1/12th and at 1/36th degree) and climate model forced simulations will be used to investigate the impacts of climate change in this context. You will be expected to actively engage with project partners to collaborate widely and to publish in high impact scientific journals. Engagement with regional stakeholders is encouraged.

Whilst this is a fixed term appointment, there may be potential to convert to a permanent appointment subject to operational requirements.

About you:

You will have experience of ocean hydrodynamics, ideally in shelf sea environments and of ocean modelling approaches, application and development. Ideally, you will have an associated publication record. Experience with NEMO is highly desirable. You will be a skilled scientific programmer, ideally with Fortran and Python (or Matlab), and familiar with team working in a code development context. You 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. You will have excellent communication, oral, written and presentation skills, including experience in scientific writing.

Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £29,181 and £33,558 per annum (Band 6).  Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates between £500 and £2,000.  This will be evidenced against track record of research, publication, funding, and experience in relevant fields.

We welcome applications from candidates outside of the EU for this position.

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 an RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to low cost car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer which values the diversity of its employees and therefore welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

In support of this commitment, we have adopted a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and further welcome applications from ethnic minorities who are currently under-represented.

In addition to this, the NOC is an accredited Investors in People organisation, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to realising the potential of all its staff and is an active member of the Athena SWAN charter which recognises the advancement of gender equality through representation, progression and success for all.

How to apply:

To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC Careers Team at

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Jeff Polton via including “coastal ocean modelling scientist position” in the subject.

Closing date: 31 May 2019