Research Assistant - Marine Biogeochemistry

Science and Technology (S&T)
Ocean BioGeosciences
32,529 35,778
Closing Date
Job Reference

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)

£32,529 – £35,778


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

We are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic Research Assistant in Marine Biogeochemistry to join NOC’s Ocean Biogeosciences group (OBG) in a new, open-ended position that will focus on marine carbon, nutrient and oxygen cycling. You will play a central role in a number of exciting, multi-disciplinary projects investigating the drivers of air-sea CO2 fluxes and biological activity in the Atlantic, Arctic and Southern Oceans (including BIOPOLE, BIO-Carbon, and CLASS

The position will assist research into marine biogeochemical cycles; principally the uptake, transport and accumulation of CO2 by the oceans, its impact on ocean acidification and the role of nutrients in driving biological carbon fluxes. This will be through targeted, high quality, laboratory analyses of seawater using state-of-the-art equipment and methods across both the coastal and open ocean spheres. You will get to support and participate in the fieldwork activities of the team, deploying cutting-edge autonomous sampling systems and sensors, performing at-sea water sample measurements, and contributing to data calibration and processing and dissemination of results through publications and presentations.

You will sit within the Marine Biogeochemistry team in OBG, a diverse, dynamic, and highly collaborative group of researchers investigating a broad range of topics, including large-scale carbon fluxes, the biological carbon pump, autonomous instrumentation, and combining observations with models. Through this work you will have the opportunity to substantively improve our understanding of ocean biogeochemistry and marine ecosystems., and you will be supported in developing your skills and career to achieve this.


About you

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent professional qualifications in chemical oceanography or related field, and an understanding of marine biogeochemical cycles. You will have strong laboratory skills, good analytical and quantitative knowledge and experience in data analysis. You will have excellent communication skills, enjoy working in large interdisciplinary teams and exchanging knowledge, and have a passion for marine science.


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 promote an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

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.



This position will be based in Southampton. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking.

The NOC has a hybrid working approach where for most positions staff can work from home up to 2 days per week. If you are interested in this position, but require a more flexible working arrangement, please contact the recruitment team using the contact details below.    

We can support visa applications where required. For overseas applicants who are willing to move to the UK we may be able to offer financial support with relocation.  


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 / 07355 676794.

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


Date advert posted: 13/11/2023

Closing date: 10/12/2023. 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 ‘Job Description and Person Specification’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the most suitable 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.