Marine Climate Programmer/Analyst
(Fixed Term, Full Time)

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

About the role:

This role contributes to the development of a data system integrating the surface marine climate record into the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) through its Climate Data Store (CDS - NOC, in partnership with an international team led by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), will be providing access to marine and terrestrial meteorological observation from national and international climate archives through the CDS.

We seek a Programmer/Analyst to join our team in NOC to develop and implement methods and software for the analysis and quality assurance of marine climate observations. The analysis will include screening of observations of essential climate variables for anomalous values, diagnosing and fixing the cause where possible; implementing and modifying algorithms for spatially tracking ships of opportunity and imputing missing quality and metadata flags based on the data. More information on the type of data can be found on the ICOADS website ( You will be responsible for the delivery of data analysis methods, software and documentation for a system designed to provide quality assured climate observations to users. These will include climate services, academia and the public. The role encompasses phases of planning, analysis, design and implementation to ensure that the information required to use and interpret climate data is integrated and discoverable with the observations themselves. This will require an innovative approach to the challenges of characterising and interpreting the marine climate record that will be published in peer-reviewed publications.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for three years (up to 26 February 2021) offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

Salary: This is a full time Band 6 position and the starting salary will be in the range 28,200 - 32,130 per annum.

About you:

You will be familiar with a range of programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C, Python, R) and be able to show that you can use those languages to analyse, visualise and manipulate large or complex datasets. You will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for problem-solving, drawing in ideas from across disciplines to understand the complexity of the marine climate record. You will be able to design and implement methods to identify observations likely to be duplicates, to quality control observations and to integrate information describing data quality from a wide range of sources. You will have good verbal and written communication skills, be able to work independently and within an international team.

What we can offer you:

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.

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, the National Oceanography Centre is the United Kingdom's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We have a remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science working closely with its partners and associates across the UK marine science community (

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact David Berry (

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.

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 IRC243381. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and a 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: 1 January 2018

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during the week of 8 January 2018.

published: 28 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.