Marine Meteorologist/Climate Scientist

Marine Meteorologist/Climate Scientist

Fixed term, full time

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, Science and Technology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We seek a talented Marine Meteorologist/Climate Scientist to join an international team developing the in situ component of the of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Climate Data Store ( This team, led by the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) in collaboration with partners in the UK and USA, are responsible for providing access to terrestrial and marine observations from national and international climate archives in a common data model and with harmonised metadata.

As part of this role you will collate marine meteorological observations from weather stations and vessels and metadata into a common data model. As part of this you will develop and apply new mathematical/statistical techniques for quality control and analysis of the observations using your expert knowledge of the physical environment. This will include screening of observations of essential climate variables for anomalous values, diagnosing and fixing the cause where possible; developing and implementing algorithms for spatially tracking ships of opportunity; and imputing missing quality and metadata flags based on the data. More information on the type of data can be found on the ICOADS website (

You will also be responsible for implementing those methods and documenting them in code, internal reports and the peer reviewed scientific literature as appropriate. You will also present those methods and results in project meetings and at scientific conferences.

We seek applicants with a good understanding of physics, with experience of analysing large environmental data sets and with strong mathematics and statistics. You will have a PhD, or equivalent experience, in a numerate or technical subject with exposure to large datasets. The software used to process the data has evolved over the past four decades in a number of different languages. You will be able to easily learn and understand new programming languages as required by the role. You will be comfortable with the compilation and building of software packages in a Linux environment.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, ending on the 26th February 2021, offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

Salary: The starting salary for this position is between £28,200 - £32,130 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

About you:

You will have a good understanding of physics, with experience of analysing large environmental data sets and with strong skills in mathematics, statistics and programming. You will be comfortable analysing, visualising and manipulating large complex data sets in a Linux environment and using a variety of tools. You will have gained this experience as part of your PhD or professional experience. You will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for problem-solving, drawing in ideas from across disciplines to understand the complexity of the marine climate record. You will be able to design and implement methods to identify observations likely to be duplicates, to quality control observations and to integrate information describing data quality from a wide range of sources. You will be able to explain the reasoning behind the methods in terms of the physics and/or statistics of the marine environment. You will have good verbal and written communication skills, be able to work independently and within an international team.

What we can offer you:

Here 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 being recognised as a flexible employer 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 and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

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.     

From April 2018, the NOC, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation.  UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at   From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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 disabilities and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, is a member of Athena SWAN and has signed up to the Athena SWAN principles to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

How to apply: All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd       (UK SBS).  For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC244431. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and include a covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 86700.



Closing date: 
Thursday 22 March 2018