Staff Scientist - Marine Geoscience, Seafloor and Habitat Mapping (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Marine Geoscience (MG) Group, Directorate of Science and Technology (DST), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton


About the role:

We are seeking a Staff Scientist who will strengthen existing expertise in seafloor and habitat mapping within the group, may bring new areas of expertise, and will contribute to the design, implementation and delivery of world-class marine geoscience research. They will lead and/or support the generation of external funding to help underpin this research, and will seek to develop partnerships with industry and other stakeholders, such as government agencies and developing states. Interaction with the wider multi-disciplinary research community at NOC, including colleagues across the University of Southampton, is actively encouraged. There are excellent opportunities for postgraduate student supervision through the Graduate School of NOCS (which has over 200 PhD students), and for gaining access to ship-time and world-class oceanographic research facilities, such as unmanned underwater vehicles and geochemistry laboratories, that are routinely available to staff in the group.


This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available up until 31 August 2018, offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.



This is a Band 5/6 position depending upon skills and experience. The salary for a Band 6 will be between £28,200 and £32,130 per annum. The salary for a Band 5 will be between £35,222 and £40,166 per annum.


Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.


About you:

You will hold a PhD or have equivalent experience in earth sciences, environmental or marine sciences.  You will need thorough knowledge of marine habitat mapping research field and a record of publications in seafloor and habitat mapping, appropriate to career stage.  You will have the ability to solve problems and manage individuals and teams. You must be able to go to sea and pass an ENG1 seagoing medical.


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 IRC242033. 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: 3 September 2017


Interviews: Mid-late September 2017

Closing date: 
Sunday, 3 September, 2017