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Research Scientist - Chemical Oceanography

Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)
Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems
3 years
29,181 - 33,558
Closing Date
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Research Scientist – Chemical Oceanography

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

Salary: £29,181 - £33,558 (Band 6)

Full Time (37 hours per week)

Fixed Term (3 years)


About the role: 

We are looking for an analytical Chemical Oceanographer to join our dynamic Biogeochemistry 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 and nutrient focussed research programme based on underway systems operated with commercial shipping lines, sensors at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain ocean observatory, and observations collected on basin-wide hydrographic sections, focussing on the Atlantic Ocean as part of the CLASS programme (Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science,

You will undertake cutting-edge research into marine biogeochemistry issues relevant to assessing the impact of climate change on our oceans.  This will include investigating the uptake, transport and accumulation of carbon dioxide by the oceans, the onset of ocean acidification and the role of nutrients in driving biological carbon fluxes.  You will collect samples at sea, perform analysis by multiple techniques in our state-of the-art laboratories, and explore datasets derived from novel sensor-based platforms. 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; sensor technologists; and large scale ocean circulation experts.

This role combines data collection at sea, data quality control and analysis, interpretation, publication and communication of results to both scientific and stakeholder audiences. You will contribute to, and will receive training in, the development of research proposals for a wide range of funding agencies. You will be involved in the supervision of research students (MSc, PhD).

Through participation in various projects, you will have the opportunity to create a strong research profile and expand your international network. Career development will be supported, including dedicated time and mentor support for the development of funding proposals.

About you:

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in environmental/marine sciences, and an enthusiasm for marine biogeochemistry.  We are looking for candidates with strong laboratory and data quality skills, particularly applied to seawater analysis for nutrients and carbonate chemistry. You will ideally have experience in sea-going expeditions, quantitative and statistical analysis of datasets using data analysis software (e.g. Matlab, R, Python, Octave, XL), while expertise in the use of instrumentation for seawater biogeochemistry analysis (e.g. pH spectroscopy, Autoanalyser, VINDTA, sensor technologies) 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 £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 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 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 Pete Brown via

Closing date: 26 May 2019