Applied Scientist - Deep Sea BiologyLocation: SouthamptonDivision: Science and Technology (S&T)Group: Ocean BioGeosciencesDuration: PermanentSalary: £50,017Ref No: 11494

National Oceanography Centre

National Oceanography Centre

Southampton, UK
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2023

Applied Scientist - Deep Sea Biology

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)


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

NOC would like to recruit an applied scientist in the area of deep-sea ecology, specifically related to the environments of interest to deep-sea industry.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and innovative team tasked with bringing additional commercial projects in core areas of excellence for NOC science. The role will primarily work alongside core science teams, other applied scientists and the sustainable business development team at NOC. The role will be a commercially-facing scientist, who will be involved in applied research. The exact nature of this depends on the alignment of NOC priorities with the candidates skills, experience and interests. The role will also include the interaction with commercial and other (e.g. government) funders to secure, deliver and report on scientific work. This will build on multiple successful partnerships already developed within the team.

About you

You will have experience in driving the generation of new partnerships and income for research projects.

Ideally you will have experience and knowledge of working in the marine environment, specifically the deep-sea, through participation in research expeditions, subsequent analysis of scientific data and reporting.

This role would be ideal for someone who is already working on applied science, for example in a marine environmental consultancy, or is an experienced scientist looking for more exposure to the commercial sector.

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 promote an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

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.


This position will be based in Southampton. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking.

The NOC has a hybrid working approach where for most positions staff can work from home up to 2 days per week. If you are interested in this position, but require a more flexible working arrangement, please contact the recruitment team using the contact details below.

We can support visa applications where required. For overseas applicants who are willing to move to the UK we may be able to offer financial support with relocation.

How to apply:

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and person specification.

Date advert posted:

Closing date: xxxx. 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 ‘Job Description and Person Specification’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the most suitable 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.