Computational Biogeochemist

Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)
Ocean BioGeosciences
3 years
Closing Date
Job Reference

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Fixed term appointment (3 years)

Full time (37 hours per week)


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 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 and innovative research group investigating the biological pump, particle flux and ocean carbon storage. Your work will be fundamental to the research carried out in this team. You will be responsible for the collection and analysis of samples and the preparation of the data for further research. Your role includes preparing for and joining several research expeditions on board our ships to collect water samples and operate in situ camera systems. You will be working closely with the team members to optimize the data collection and analysis process.

About you

You are excited to join a research team and help produce cutting-edge scientific outputs in environmental science. You enjoy task-oriented work and have a keen eye on detail and quality. You like working with others in order to create routines (for example, for data collection, processing, and submission to repositories) and produce consistent high-quality outputs. You have experience in and enjoy using programming languages (e.g. R, Matlab, Python). Ideally, you have experience working with larger data sets. You are comfortable with a job that includes sea-going work, laboratory work and computer work.

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 / 07955 851648.

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

Closing date: 17th January 2021.

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