Marine Carbonate / Analytical Chemist: Carbonate System Sensor Development (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG), Directorate of Science and Technology (DST),
National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking a motivated scientist to undertake the development, optimisation and application of high performance analytical chemistry techniques for marine autonomous carbonate sensor systems. Working with a wider team of engineers, research staff, technical staff and students, you will undertake the development and optimisation of new and innovative sensors for marine carbonate chemistry parameters such as pH, dissolved inorganic carbon, total alkalinity and partial pressure of CO2. These sensors will be deployed widely in the environment including marine autonomous platforms and fixed monitoring stations. They will provide data for use in environmental and climate modelling, in industrial applications such as Carbon Capture and Storage and for improving our understanding of the world's oceans.

You will work with the wider Ocean Technology and Engineering group to optimise prototype in situ systems and the analytical techniques they employ. You will disseminate this work internally and externally through training, documentation, peer reviewed publications, patents and licensing agreements with external companies. You will support others in the group through training, analytical support, fieldwork, administrative functions and supervision of students and junior staff as required.

The team has access to world class analytical laboratories, fabrication, testing and design facilities together with access to sea going and polar research logistics.

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


The starting salary for this position will be 28,200 to 32,130 per annum (Band 6).

Hours of Work:

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

About you:

We seek applicants who can work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, with expertise in seawater analysis and the ability to rapidly learn and become expert in new techniques. A Bachelors or Masters Degree and PhD in Analytical Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Chemical Oceanography or closely related discipline is required. Prior theoretical knowledge of marine carbonate chemistry and practical experience in carbonate chemistry analysis are highly desirable although not essential. You will have a portfolio of work, including publications in leading journals demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex measurement problems and to quickly master new techniques.

What we can offer you:

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. 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 an 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), 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 Dr. Socratis Loucaides at

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. 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 recognises 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.

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 IRC243170. 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 867000.

Closing date: 3 December 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during week commencing 11 December 2017.

published: 03 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.