Principal Investigator in Satellite Oceanography


Principal Investigator in Satellite Oceanography

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

£35,222 - £40,505 (Band 5) / £45,271 - £52,061 (Band 4) depending on relevant experience

Full time



About the role:

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a dynamic scientist with initiative and creativity to provide scientific leadership and develop new ideas and proposals within the Satellite Oceanography team at NOC. We are particularly interested in scientific expertise related to exploiting satellite remote sensing to monitor and understand atmosphere-ocean processes, upper ocean dynamics and/or long-term environmental change in global, coastal and/or polar oceans.

The post-holder will initially help to deliver existing satellite projects but will gradually take a leading role in developing new ideas and proposals in this rapidly growing field of research. The post represents a key element of NOC’s strategy to strengthen its research capability in Satellite Oceanography.

Key responsibilities for this position will include leading and coordinating the preparation and submission of research proposals, providing scientific leadership for the production of high impact publications, and supervising post-doctoral researchers and the delivery of research projects. The post holder will play a central role in securing research funding from national and international bodies to complement the Satellite Oceanography research portfolio at NOC.


About you:

You will have several years of post-doctoral experience with a track record for scientific excellence in at least one relevant scientific topic, demonstrated evidence of performing research leading to high-impact publications, and a sound record in developing and leading successful proposals. Previous experience of managing people, projects and resources will be essential.

A balance of scientific expertise, creativity, practical management skills, business acumen and excellent communication, inter-personal and networking skills will be essential. You will have demonstrated the ability to deliver scientific leadership and expertise and to work effectively with people with a wide range of backgrounds. An appetite for working on innovative and challenging topics at the interface between science and engineering is highly desirable.


Other information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £35,222 and £40,505 (Band 5) or £45,271 and £52,061 (Band 4) depending upon skills and relevant experience. Additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

The position is open to all candidates regardless of nationality, but applicants should specify their nationality and right to work in the UK status in their application.

Given the national and international collaborative nature of this position, the ability to travel regularly to meetings and conferences in the UK and abroad, including the USA and developing countries, is essential.


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 and free car parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

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 IRC245688. 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.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Christine Gommenginger by email (


Closing date: 31 August 2018


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: 
Friday 31 August 2018