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Senior Researcher in Underwater Acoustics

Directorate of Science and Technology (DST)
Marine Geoscience
Closing Date
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Senior Researcher in Underwater Acoustics

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time

Salary £43730

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.

What is the Role?

We are looking to recruit a science leader with proven expertise in underwater acoustics research and a desire to drive forward new applications of acoustics in the marine environment for societal benefit. The role will involve working as part of a multi-disciplinary oceanographic research team of over 190 scientists and engineers seeking to enhance sustained ocean observations to meet NOC strategic challenges. This includes seafloor, sea surface and water column acoustical observations using the latest autonomous platforms and novel sensor technologies (including fibre optics). The post holder will sit in the Marine Geoscience research group that offers complementary expertise in sub-seafloor geophysical inversion, modelling and interpretation, seafloor mapping, and laboratory acoustic pulse tube facilities.

What Are We Looking For?

To lead the development of underwater acoustics research at NOC, to underpin sustained ocean observations and applications.

The NOC is making a strategic investment in this post to re-invigorate underwater acoustics research that underpins so many aspects of oceanographic observation. Emerging opportunities around long range autonomous vehicles and fibre optic technologies make this post timely for upgrading NOC sustained ocean observation capabilities. The post holder will be expected to contribute their underwater acoustics expertise to the research activities of a multi-disciplinary team including funded projects, as well as develop their own research proposals through stakeholder engagement, and to lead their own projects. He/she will be encouraged to supervise PhD students and line mange junior staff to build a research team.

The successful candidate will be an expert in underwater acoustical modelling and inversion with a proven track record of research and development in relevant applications.  He/she will be responsible for delivering research activities on funded projects, such as modelling underwater sound propagation in complex environments (initially up to 50% of his/her time), and for developing new research programmes in collaboration with NOC scientists and engineers, and external stakeholders, especially the naval defence sector.

Why 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.

28 days, plus 3.5 local closure, plus 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan are just some of the benefits we offer!

Southampton: 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 / 02380 596420.

Closing date: 21st February 2020. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants. 

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