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Research Scientist - Marine Habitat Mapping

Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)
Marine Geoscience
29,181 - 33,558
Closing Date
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Research Scientist – Marine Habitat Mapping

National Oceanography Centre, 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 a quantitative Marine Habitat Mapping Scientist to join our dynamic Seafloor & Habitat Mapping Team.  We carry out fundamental and applied research into the structure, spatial distribution, status and evolution of marine habitats, from shallow waters to the deep sea.

You will contribute your expertise to a number of funded national and international programmes, including the UK National Capability CLASS programme (Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science, You will help drive cutting-edge habitat mapping research, with the aim of advancing our understanding of marine habitats under threat from climate change and human activities. You will make use of the latest innovations in marine robotic platforms and sensors, and will contribute to the development and application of advanced data analysis techniques. You will also collaborate on projects with our partners in developing countries (e.g. SOLSTICE,; ACCORD, CME,; sharing science and knowledge expertise.

This role combines data collection at sea, analysis, interpretation, publication and communication to both scientific and stakeholder audiences. You will contribute to, and will receive training in, the development of new research funding proposals for a wide range of funding stakeholders. 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. This is a unique opportunity for scientific career development, for which we will provide a formal support structure.

About you:

You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in earth sciences, engineering or environmental/marine sciences, and an enthusiasm for marine geomorphology and benthic habitats. We are looking for candidates with strong numerical and mathematical skills, particularly applied to spatial problems and analysis. You will be fully familiar with the applications of GIS, within a marine and habitat mapping context if possible. Experience in deep-water research, the use of marine acoustics, and the use of marine robotic or autonomous systems is welcomed.

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. We are especially looking for candidates who can work across disciplines and think ‘outside the box’.

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. It 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.     

The Seafloor and Habitat Mapping Team is based in the Marine Geoscience Group in Southampton, but also works in close collaboration with colleagues from all research disciplines at NOC (Ocean Biogeochemistry & Ecosystems, Marine Physics & Modelling, Ocean Technology). The Team have an international reputation as leaders in the use of deep-water robotic vehicles to map complex deep-sea environments, and pioneered the mapping and study of deep-water vertical cliff habitats. The Team also have a strong track record in the application and development of automated seafloor classification techniques in order to improve the objectivity and repeatability of the habitat mapping process.

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 Veerle Huvenne via

Closing date: 26 May 2019