Satellite Oceanographer (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC) Group, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We seek a talented and enthusiastic scientist to join the Satellite Oceanography subgroup at NOC in Southampton. This post is part of the newly funded Global Challenges Research Fund project SOLSTICE, which aims to promote applications of satellite data for marine and coastal monitoring and research to support sustainable use of living marine resources in the countries of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO).

The successful candidate will support a number of scientific case studies that use satellite data with other observations and model output to improve understanding and management of marine environments and living resources. The post holder will work with UK and WIO researchers to understand the temporal and spatial variability of parameters that influence ecosystem dynamics in the WIO region. Although the emphasis at the beginning of the project is on analysis of archive satellite data from the region, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a wide variety of case studies, publish results in the peer-reviewed literature as lead author or co-author and to take this opportunity to build knowledge, skills and expertise for an academic career in coastal and marine remote sensing.  Capacity development is an important aspect of the post, and the candidate will develop and deliver lectures and hands-on training resources for a regional course in satellite oceanography, produce distance-learning materials for on-line training courses, and provide technical support to UK and WIO scientists using satellite data in their research.

The successful candidate will have PhD or postdoc experience in satellite oceanography or in a numerate, science, engineering, mathematics or computational discipline, a good understanding of the physical principles of optical remote sensing of aquatic environments, and hands-on experience with the use of satellite data for marine ecological research, including experience with satellite ocean colour data, and the use of Sentinel-2 or other high resolution optical data for environmental research and management. Good data analysis skills including time series and image analysis are essential, as are good oral and written communication skills in English and good inter-personal skills.

A broad knowledge of different remote sensing techniques and satellites used in satellite oceanography is highly desirable.   An ability to develop quality controlled satellite data products to user specifications and deliver version-controlled data with associated documentation is desirable.  Given that the post-holder will facilitate data access and provide technical support to UK and WIO researchers using satellite data, desirable skills include web development, use of data bases for on-line access to data and documentation, forum moderation and the development and maintenance of wikis. 

This is a Fixed Term Appointment available for four years starting as soon as possible. The post is offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a full time Band 6 position and the salary will be £28,200 to £32,130 per annum.

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 (    

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 IRC242550. 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: 01 October2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place early November 2017.

Closing date: 
Sunday, 1 October, 2017