Pelagic Biogeochemist (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking a Pelagic Biogeochemist to deliver new insight into the role of zooplankton in ocean biogeochemistry. The postholder will help determine how the abundance and structure of marine zooplankton communities relate to the functioning of the ecosystems within which they reside. Ship-board incubation experiments will be conducted to determine key physiological rates and how these vary in relation to feeding conditions. Additional experiments will examine if, how and why zooplankton fragment sinking particles of organic matter. State-of-the-art analytical techniques (e.g. compound-specific stable isotope analyses, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, lipid analyses) will be used to investigate how and why the physiological ecology of zooplankton varies throughout the ocean.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for 34 months offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 per annum and depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday. As part of this role, you will be expected to work at sea.

About you:

You will be responsible for planning and conducting a range of zooplankton incubation experiments and will contribute to major, vertically-resolved zooplankton sampling campaigns around South Georgia and in the Benguela upwelling system. Additional work will be conducted in the Arctic ocean. You will be expected to take a leading role in the biochemical analysis of sampled materials and will be required to actively participate in project-wide meetings and frequently communicate your results with your line manager. You will also be responsible for data analysis and the preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

What we can offer you:

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), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, 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.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (    

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Daniel Mayor (

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

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 IRC240531. 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.

Closing date: 2 April 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place in mid April 2017.

Closing date: 
Sunday, 2 April, 2017