Physical Oceanographer (Senior Research Scientist)

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Full time (37 hours per week)
£45,586 - £50,141

Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a 'one NOC' approach.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world's most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

The Ocean Circulation and Processes team is looking to expand by recruiting an experienced and motivated researcher.

The role is Senior Research Scientist within projects investigating North Atlantic overturning and gyre circulation mechanisms, processes and impacts. The role is part of a dynamic, supportive and innovative team that carries out internationally-significant research into ocean circulation and processes. Our research projects are carried out through collaborating closely with UK and international research groups, and using observations and model data to progress our understanding and publish high quality research outputs. A NOC Senior Research Scientist can demonstrate that they have significant post-PhD research experience, and can evidence their independent thought, invention and ability to innovate.

A Senior Research Scientist has responsibility for their own area of research including being a leader of grants and a small research group, and has achieved a substantial and an ongoing national or international reputation in their field. They demonstrate effective and innovative leadership and have responsibility for the professional development of a team. They develop proposals for research projects that will make a significant impact, leading to an increase in knowledge and understanding and the discovery of new concepts or processes. They have a record of sustained publication of and dissemination of new scientific discoveries/innovations to a wide variety of audiences. The role-holder will participate in department-level organisation, management and strategic planning.

This Senior Research Scientist will develop North Atlantic research, focusing on physical processes important to large scale ocean circulation, and feedbacks between ocean, atmosphere and ice. The role-holder will foster cross-programme interaction and collaboration within programmes, initially including ongoing projects OSNAP (, SNAP-DRAGON and CLASS ( ). The role is in the Ocean Circulation and Processes team of 15 researchers and will lead and contribute to fieldwork, income generation and publishing results in high quality journals.

In this permanent position you will have the support to continue to develop your skills and career and to grow your research portfolio. You will have the opportunity to engage with ongoing research programmes at NOC as well as having the time to develop new programmes.

About you

We are looking for a motivated and experienced physical oceanographer. Through your record of publications and funding success you will be able to demonstrate your independent thought, invention and ability to innovate. You have experience of managing team members (e.g. students or post-PhD researchers) to enable their research success and career development.

You have a strong record of high quality research in physical oceanography, ideally with a focus on Atlantic circulation and processes, or else expertise in topics that can be applied to this region. You have experience of using a range of observational data sets in your research, potentially including model data, and ideally including data from deep-ocean moored instruments. You are willing to take part in sea-going research expeditions approximately once every two years, and typically lasting 3-4 weeks.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.


Our Southampton site is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking.

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 a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply:

Please click 'Apply Now' and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at / 07590 805967.

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the job description and assessment criteria.

Closing date: 31 August 2022. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.

Assessing applications

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a 'Candidate Assessment' document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the strongest candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have been selected for interview we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven't been selected for interview we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.

published: 28 July 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.