Post Doctorate in Ocean Biogeochemistry and Autonomous Vehicles (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Post Doctorate in Ocean Biogeochemistry and Autonomous Vehicles (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Ocean Biogeochemistry & Ecosystems (OBE)

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton


About the role:

We are seeking to recruit a biogeochemical oceanographer with experience in autonomous vehicles to join an exciting multi-disciplinary project with responsibility for analysis and interpretation of glider data to achieve project aims.  The successful candidate will play a central role in delivering the ERC-funded GOCART project and an active part in the research and education functions of NOC’s Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems group. A requirement of this role will be to develop and carry out original research using glider data to address key questions in ocean biology/biogeochemistry, in particular concerning the flux and remineralisation of organic carbon.

The post holder will focus on quantifying temporal variability in carbon flux and remineralisation and will contribute to delivering world-class research into the biological carbon pump. This includes, but is not restricted to, participating in deployments of autonomous vehicles, calibration and data processing, analysis of bio-optical data and data synthesis activities. The project includes two glider deployments, which are planned in the Southern Ocean and Benguela upwelling regions alongside process cruises. 

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for four years, offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates. The post will start on 1st September 2017.


This is a Band 6 position and the salary band will be £28,200 to £30,600 per annum. 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. This role includes sea-going activities.

About you:

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field and an understanding of open ocean biophysical interactions, in particular, relating to spatio-temporal variability and/or the biological carbon pump. You will also have experience in using autonomous vehicles, particularly gliders, to investigate biophysical interactions and/or the biological carbon pump in the open ocean, and experience of bio-optical sensors and associated data analysis. You will have expertise with data analysis software, particularly Matlab and good Mathematical skills. Publication of peer-reviewed papers of relevance to the post would be ideal.

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 on site 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 Stephanie Henson via email -

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 IRC240768. 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:  4 May 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during week commencing 15 May 2017.

Closing date: 
Thursday, 4 May, 2017