Numerical Ocean Modeller

Numerical Ocean Modeller

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

£28,200 - £32,430

Full time

Fixed term (4 years)


About the role:

The Marine Systems Modelling group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is seeking to recruit a Numerical Ocean Modeller to increase its ocean modelling capability. The successful candidate will join a vibrant research group at the forefront of the development and analysis of high-resolution models of the global ocean, sea-ice and biogeochemistry. The post-holder will be supporting a range of modelling activities across a variety of High Performance Computing platforms and Unix compute servers. The main duties of the post holder will include implementing and testing of new components in the NEMO ocean model (, as well as contributing to the development and maintenance of the associated software infrastructure. This may include tools to facilitate the set up and configuration of regional model domains and investigating novel methods to analyse large volumes of data.


About you:

Applicants are expected to have experience in the configuration and running of parallel general ocean circulation models. Ideally, the candidate would have a background in physical oceanography, be familiar with the fundamentals of the ocean circulation and have proven mathematical and computing skills but candidates from other physical/mathematical sciences with experience in HPC and/or scientific software development are also welcome. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to research and to scientific publications. She/he will be part of the recently funded NERC project CLASS the focus of which is on understanding how the ocean circulation, in particular in the Atlantic, will evolve under climate change and intensified human exploitation. The work will also involve contributing, in collaboration with other NEMO consortium members in France, the UK and Italy, to a regular software development cycle including: planning; coding; testing; merging; documenting and bug-fixing.


Ideally, applicants will have a PhD in physics, mathematics or other numerate disciplines and should have a strong background in computing. He/she will be experienced in coding and in the debugging of large computer programs (e.g. in Fortran90 or C) in a UNIX environment. Experience with distributed computing (MPI) is desirable as is experience in a professional software development environment and scripting (Bash, Python etc.). The candidate should enjoy working as part of a team whilst being capable of working independently on technical challenges. The post is based in Southampton and is for a fixed 4-year term.


Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK.


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 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 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:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC245694. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.


Closing date: 22nd July 2018


If after interview we have a greater number of suitable applicants 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 applicants on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).

Closing date: 
Sunday 22 July 2018