Ocean Environmental Management Researcher

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is one of the top five institutions in the World delivering integrated marine science and technology.  With sites in Southampton and Liverpool, it is the UK’s leading centre for coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  The Centre, at Southampton, represents a collaborative partnership with the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science (OES); this partnership is underpinned by the Graduate School of NOCS, which, with over 200 PhD students, represents one of the largest postgraduate marine science communities in the World –http://noc.ac.uk/gsnocs.

The NERC Directorate of Science and Technology at the NOC contains five research groups. Our science has high socio-economic impact and tackles many of the major environmental issues of immediate concern to both Government and public.

We are now looking to recruit a high-quality candidate to an open-ended post to strengthen and expand our research in the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems group. http://noc.ac.uk/science-technology/research-groups/obe

This post is for a marine ecologist with potential for applying research to the environmental management of the oceans and seabed and is available at NERC Bands 4 to 6 (indicative salaries provided below) and will address growing issues in the use of ocean resources and understanding of habitat function and marine biodiversity. You should have detailed knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems set within a broad appreciation of the environmental controls on deep-sea faunal distributions. Knowledge in ocean management-related research themes is desirable, including: marine protected area efficacy, ecosystem functioning, life history processes, ecosystem modeling, and molecular ecology. Experience in leading offshore expeditions and evidence of funding by industry and international organisations are also desirable.

General enquiries regarding this post should be directed to Dr Henry Ruhl, Associate Head of Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (e-mail h.ruhl@noc.ac.uk).

The post will be offered on NERC terms and conditions, with indicative salaries at Band 6 (Staff Scientist) being £26,180 to £29,410 per annum; Band 5 (Senior Staff Scientist) being £30,710 to £37,120 per annum and Band 4 (Principal Staff Scientist) being £36,240 to £48,230 per annum (depending upon experience).   NERC provides benefits that include a RCUK pension scheme and a generous leave scheme offering up to 30 days leave and a further 10.5 Public/privilege days.

Opportunities for further training and development are supported.   Further information on the application process, including job specifications, is on the Research Council’s Shared Service Centre recruitment site: please APPLY ONLINE below. Please quote reference number IRC58606 on all correspondence.   Applicants who would like to receive the adverts in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

The closing date for completed application forms is 31 August 2012.

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