Physical Oceanographer

Physical Oceanographer

National Oceanography Centre (Southampton)

£28,200 - £32,430

Full Time or Part Time considered

Fixed term (2 years)


About the role:


We are seeking to fill a postdoctoral research post in NOC's Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group, investigating the circulation and transport of heat and freshwater in the North Atlantic ocean.  The successful candidate will undertake research using data from a major international observational programme to characterise and understand variability of the meridional overturning circulation. 


You will be joining a dynamic and expanding team of scientists specialising in observation-based and model-based large-scale, long-term ocean and climate science.  We are looking for a highly motivated scientist with outstanding skills in data analysis, team work and communication. 


This is a new post for the second phase of the UK Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme (UK OSNAP,  OSNAP is a large international experiment to measure the overturning and gyre-scale circulation of the North Atlantic ocean at ~60N using an array of moored instruments, gliders, floats and altimetry.  You will analyse data from the array to characterise variability and physical processes at work in key parts of the North Atlantic circulation, including the deep western boundary current in the western subpolar gyre and the warm water pathways of the eastern basins.  You will use data from the OSNAP array and the related RAPID array ( to examine the relationship between overturning circulation and property transports at 26°N and 60°N.  This post requires strong mathematical skills and experience in working with observational data sets.


The Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group leads several major observational programmes that are implemented through research expeditions to the Atlantic, Arctic and Southern Oceans.  You will have the opportunity to take part in research expeditions as part of OSNAP and other related programmes.  Experience of working at sea is desirable for this post, but we will provide training for the successful candidate.


This is a Fixed Term Appointment with funding on a full-time basis for two years, offered on UKRI terms and conditions and open to internal and external candidates.  We will support the career development of the post-holder, including the future possibility of conversion to an open-ended post if funding permits.  We welcome applications for full and part-time working.  


About you:

The successful applicant will be a motivated and productive scientist, joining a network of international researchers involved as project partners, investigators, postdoctoral researchers and students. The ability to work as part of such a team as well as individually is essential.  Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent experience in physical oceanography, and a sound understanding of the ocean's role in the climate system.  Additional essential requirements include experience in working with in situ oceanographic data and a publication record appropriate to your career stage. 




This is a postdoctoral research (Band 6) position and the starting salary will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum.


For part-time posts, the salary will be calculated on a pro rata basis and all part-time employees will have full access to NERC benefits.


Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are 37 hours per week for a full-time post and reduced pro-rata for a part-time post.

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.     


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


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 to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC IRC245454.


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.


If you have any questions about this post please contact the Principal Investigator for UK OSNAP, Dr Penny Holliday (


Closing date: 29th June 2018


Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place on 10th 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: 
Friday 29 June 2018