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Principal Investigator: Global Biogeochemistry

Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)
Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems
3 years
36,325 - 51,914 (Band 5)
Closing Date
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Principal Investigator in Global Biogeochemistry

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

Salary: £36,325 - £51,914 (Band 5)

Full Time (37 hours per week)

Fixed Term (3 years)


About the role:

We are looking for a Principal Investigator in Global Biogeochemistry to join our dynamic Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (OBE) Team. We specialise in observation and model-based research into climate-relevant marine biogeochemistry, with funding from both national and international agencies. We have a significant carbon cycle focussed research programme based on observations from ships, time series stations and autonomous vehicles, and the integration of these via global-scale data synthesis and modelling activities.

You will undertake cutting-edge research into marine biogeochemistry issues relevant to assessing the impact of climate change on our oceans.  This could include investigating the uptake and storage of carbon dioxide by the oceans, the functioning of the biological carbon pump, and emergence of climate change-driven trends in marine biogeochemistry/ecosystems.  A primary focus is on using large-scale, long time-scale data syntheses and model analysis.  You will contribute to a number of existing projects, as well as develop your own area of research. You will link with other groups in NOC, including biological oceanographers focussed on the biological carbon pump; satellite oceanographers; numerical modelers; and autonomous vehicle specialists.

This role combines data synthesis, analysis of model output, interpretation, publication and communication of results to both scientific and stakeholder audiences. You will lead and contribute to the development of research proposals for a wide range of funding agencies. You will be involved in the supervision of research students (MSc, PhD).

This is a unique opportunity to lead development of an area of science that contributes to OBE and NOC’s objectives.  Career development will be supported, including dedicated time and mentor support for the development of funding proposals.

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

About you:

We are looking for a scientist who already is, or has potential to become, a principal investigator in global biogeochemistry. You will be able to demonstrate that you have an international reputation for high quality research, and that you are a developing science leader.

You will have a PhD in environmental/marine sciences or equivalent experience, and a track record of research in marine biogeochemistry.  We are looking for candidates with quantitative data analysis skills, particularly applied to global marine biogeochemistry datasets and/or climate models. You will have experience in quantitative and statistical analysis of datasets using data analysis software (e.g. Matlab, R, Python), while expertise in time series statistics is highly desirable.

You will demonstrate an excellent track record in scientific publication appropriate for your career stage, and potential for the development of a coherent research portfolio that can attract funding.

Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £36,325 and £51,914 per annum (Band 5).

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 a 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 free 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 Stephanie Henson via

Closing date: 31 May 2019