Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist - Coastal Ocean ModelLocation: LiverpoolDivision: Science and Technology (S&T)Group: Marine Systems ModellingDuration: PermanentSalary: Band 5 salary: £50,017 / Band 6 salary: £40,444Ref No: 11500

National Oceanography Centre

National Oceanography Centre

Liverpool, UK
Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist - Coastal Ocean Model

National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool


Full time (37 hours per week)

We are happy to consider candidates at band 5 or 6:

Band 5 salary: £50,017

Band 6 salary: £40,444


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

We seek a talented and enthusiastic coastal ocean modeller to the join the marine systems modelling group at NOC in Liverpool. They will work on developing, applying and analysing coastal ocean models to explore the impacts of climate change and direct anthropogenic drivers on coastal ocean physics and the implications for biogeochemistry and ecosystems. This would use a range of modelling tools, particularly at high resolution (kilometric and sub-kilometric scales), including the NEMO ocean model, the ERSEM and/or MEDUSA ecosystem models, and also Lagrangian approaches. The work is across a range of projects, particularly in the international context (such as Future states Of the global Coastal ocean: Understanding for Solution; ), linking to our UN Ocean Science decade projects, and exploring these issues in, for example SE Asia and the Caribbean, as well as in the Northwest European shelf seas. This is expected to lead to publication in high impact journal papers both as lead and co-author, withextensive national and international collaboration.

They will be expected to develop their own scientific research directions in this context and, in time, develop new projects and seek funding.


About you

The successful candidate will have deep and wide experience in numerical coastal ocean modelling, including with 3d hydrodynamic models and with ecosystem, biogeochemical and/or lagrangian approaches. They will be skilled at using model analysis software (eg python or matlab). They will have strong journal publication track record appropriate to career stage and knowledge of coastal ocean physics, biogeochemical and/or ecosystem process. Excellent communication skills are essential.

They will have completed a PhD in a relevant numerate environmental science discipline, or hold equivalent research track record and a strong 1st degree in numerate science, engineering or mathematics

At a band 5 level a proven track record of significant grant capture and a wide range of collaborations is expected.


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 Liverpool.The centre is part of the University campus and is only a short walk from the city centre and Lime Street station.

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: 

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ 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.

For further information on the post please contact Prof. Jason Holt (

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

Date advert posted: 4th September 2023.

Closing date: 1st October 2023. This vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants. 

We are aiming to conduct interviews on 9th October 2023.


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.