Research Scientist - Marine Biogeochemistry & Physical OceanographyLocation: SouthamptonDivision: Science and Technology (S&T)Group: Ocean BioGeosciencesDuration: open endedSalary: £40,444 – £44,366Ref No: 11536

National Oceanography Centre

National Oceanography Centre

Southampton, UK
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Research Scientist - Marine Biogeochemistry & Physical Oceanography

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)

£40,444 – £44,366


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 are seeking a skilled and enthusiastic oceanographer to join NOC’s Ocean Biogeosciences group (OBG) in a new, open-ended Research Scientist position in marine biogeochemistry and physical oceanography. This position will investigate the impact of ocean circulation variability on air-sea CO2 fluxes and carbon accumulation in the North Atlantic, playing a central role in an exciting, multi-disciplinary project: the NERC-NSF funded ROCCA (Role of the Overturning Circulation in Carbon Accumulation), part of the ambitious CCROC (Climate Consequences of Rapid Ocean Changes) programme.

The first 2.5 years of this role will focus on quantifying the transport of carbon across the subtropical and subpolar boundaries of the North Atlantic with particular focus on incorporating new biogeochemical observations with velocity fields at the location of the overturning mooring arrays, and at the beginning of the Gulf Stream, to uncover new understanding of how the North Atlantic is ventilated over multiple timescales. You will have the opportunity to explore both fundamental and practical aspects of this work, to substantively improve our understanding of how ocean circulation impacts carbon cycling.

You will be part of the Marine Biogeochemistry team in OBG, a diverse, dynamic, and highly collaborative group of researchers investigating a broad range of topics, including large-scale carbon fluxes, the biological carbon pump, autonomous instrumentation, physical impacts, and combining observations with models. However, the role will also involve close collaboration with colleagues in the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC) and Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) groups within NOC, and with partners across the UK and US. You will have the opportunity to engage with ongoing research programmes at NOC, as well as having the time to develop your own projects, research direction and science leadership skills.


About you

You will have a PhD or equivalent in oceanography or a related quantitative field (e.g. chemistry, physics, environmental science…), and an understanding of ocean biogeochemistry, ocean circulation, and climate research. You will also have strong computational skills (e.g. Matlab, Python), expertise in data analysis, and good quantitative competencies. You will have excellent communication skills, possess a publication record commensurate with your experience, and enjoy working in large interdisciplinary teams and exchanging knowledge.


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: 

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 / / 07355 676794.

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


Date advert posted: 13/10/2023

Closing date: 10/12/2023. 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.