Marine Seismologist (Permanent, Full Time)

Marine Seismologist (Permanent, Full Time)

Science & Technology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking a marine seismologist to lead the development of marine seismology research in strategically important areas of marine geoscience.

We are seeking to strengthen expertise in active source marine seismology, especially the application of novel high resolution seismic techniques to research questions around the sustainable use of natural resources and geohazards impacts.

You will be required to lead the design, implementation and delivery of world-class marine geoscience research and to generate external research funding. You will seek to develop appropriate partnerships with industry and other stakeholders, also meeting the UK ODA agenda. We actively encourage interaction with the wider multi-disciplinary research community both within NOC and with external UK and international researchers.

The role will involve periods at sea to conduct seafloor geophysical experiments and international travel.

The role is based within the Geophysics team of the Marine Geoscience research group.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


The starting salary band for this position be between £35,222 and £40,166 per annum (Band 5). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time – 37 hours.

About you:

You will be an expert in active source seismology, including some or all of the following areas: seismic data acquisition, processing, inversion, analysis and interpretation, and will be able to contribute to multi-disciplinary scientific studies involving a variety of geophysical remote sensing methods (e.g. linking to researchers working on controlled source electromagnetic methods). You will have a track record of leading research projects, including securing research funding.

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.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

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.     

The Marine Geoscience Group undertakes multi-disciplinary studies of seafloor and sub-seafloor processes throughout the world’s oceans, from the coast to the deep sea. The group comprises about 20 staff with an equivalent number of PhD students, most of whom are jointly supervised by academics in the co-located school of Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton.  The group has a leading international reputation for research excellence based on observational science combined with technical innovation. We have significant expertise in sub-seafloor fluid flow rock physics and geochemistry, seafloor clastic sedimentology, geohazards, and habitat mapping.

We conduct strategically important science aimed at addressing major societal and environmental issues relating to the seafloor. Current topics include sustainable use of seafloor natural resources (hydrocarbons, hydrates, deep sea minerals, geological CO2 storage, and marine habitats) and impacts of natural hazards (sediment flow risks to seafloor infrastructure, geotechnical assessment, drilling hazards, landslides and tsunamis).

There are excellent opportunities for postgraduate student supervision through the Graduate School of NOCS (which has over 200 PhD students), and for gaining access to ship-time and world-class facilities, such as unmanned underwater vehicles, multicomponent and P-cable seismics, ocean bottom seismometers, physical property and geochemistry laboratories, as well as possibilities to develop new seafloor observation technologies and methods.

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 currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organization, 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 IRC244726. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including 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 867003.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Angus Best, Head of Marine Geoscience at

Closing date: 29 April 2018

Interview date: TBC

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).

Closing date: 
Sunday 29 April 2018