Rock Physicist (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Rock Physicist (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Science & Technology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking a rock physicist to conduct experimental studies in the area of geological CO2 storage and to support marine geophysics research. The post holder will join an active rock physics research team of 4 staff and 3 PhD students seeking to understand fundamental fluid flow processes in the sub-seafloor, and how they may be detected and monitored using remote geophysical sensing, including both seismic and electrical methods.

The post holder will divide his/her time between two funded research projects: the NERC CHIMNEY project (, and the EU STEMM-CCS project ( He/she will work with senior staff to develop and deliver experimental programmes using state-of-the-art laboratory instrumentation developed in house, including the Greenhouse Gas Acoustic Pulse Tube facility (1 – 10 kHz sediment core measurements). He/she will be required to analyse, interpret and write up the results in the form of science journal publications. He/she will have opportunities to present the results at international conferences and to contribute to the wider activities of the Geophysics Team.

The role is based within the Geophysics team of the Marine Geoscience research group.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for 2 years offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,130 per annum (Band 6). Additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time – 37 hours per week.

About you:

You will be an expert in rock physics experimental studies with experience of elastic wave measurements on geological materials. You will have expertise in all or some of the following:  laboratory seismo-acoustic data acquisition, processing and interpretation, and other geophysical methods such as electrical resistivity. Expertise in rock physics theory and interpretation is highly desirable, as is experience of marine seismic studies.

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.     

The Marine Geoscience Group undertakes multi-disciplinary studies of seafloor and sub-seafloor processes throughout the world’s oceans, from the coast to the deep sea. The group comprises about 20 staff, with an equivalent number of PhD students, most of whom are jointly supervised by academics in the co-located school of Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton. The group has a leading international reputation for research excellence based on observational science combined with technical innovation. We have significant expertise in sub-seafloor fluid flow rock physics and geochemistry, seafloor clastic sedimentology, geohazards, and habitat mapping.

We conduct strategically important science aimed at addressing major societal and environmental issues relating to the seafloor. Current topics include sustainable use of seafloor natural resources (hydrocarbons, hydrates, deep sea minerals, geological CO2 storage, and marine habitats) and living with natural hazards (sediment flow risks to seafloor infrastructure, geotechnical assessment, drilling hazards, landslides and tsunamis).

From April 2018, the NOC, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation.  UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at   From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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 disabilities and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organization, and is a member of Athena SWAN and has signed up to the Athena SWAN principles to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

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 IRC244727. 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.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr. Angus Best,

Closing date: 29 April 2018

Interview date: TBC

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: 
Sunday 29 April 2018