Seven Scientific Staff in Marine Geoscience and Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems

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). The NERC Directorate of Science and Technology at the NOC contains five research groups; we are now looking to recruit up to seven new scientific staff at NOC, Southampton, to strengthen and expand our research in the Marine Geoscience and Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems groups.

In Marine Geoscience four posts are available, including two open-ended posts at NERC Bands 4 to 6 (Ref: IRC58846); indicative salaries provided below). Successful candidates will be expected to develop and implement a novel, imaginative and world-class research programme in any area of marine geoscience, supported by external funding. Two additional fixed-term posts are also available, both of which are linked to major funded projects with associated research cruises. One post is for four years at NERC Bands 5 or 6 (Ref: IRC58826) in submarine geohazards or clastic sedimentology, and the other is for two years at NERC Band 6 (Ref: IRC58786) in hard-rock marine geochemistry.

In Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems three posts are available, including an open-ended post for a CO2 scientist at NERC Bands 4 to 6 (Ref: IRC58726). The post-holder will develop a novel, imaginative and world-class programme on the air-sea flux of CO2 or the interior storage of CO2 using a combination of in situ, remotely sensed or numerical model-based data. A further open-ended post at NERC Bands 4 to 6 (Ref: IRC58606) is available for marine ecologist with detailed knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems and the environmental controls on deep-sea faunal distributions, with potential for applying their research to the environmental management of the oceans and seabed. A three-year fixed-term post at NERC Band 6 (Ref: IRC58706) is also available to investigate ecological functioning of the subtropical ocean gyre regions.

All posts will be offered on NERC terms and conditions. Indicative salaries are as follows: Band 6 (Staff Scientist) £26,180-£29,410 pa; Band 5 (Senior Staff Scientist) £30,710-£37,120 pa and Band 4 (Principal Staff Scientist) £36,240-£48,230 pa. NERC provide 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.

General enquiries regarding these posts should be directed to Dr Russell Wynn, Head of Marine Geoscience (e-mail or Dr Richard Sanders, Head of Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (e-mail Further information on the application process, including individual job specifications, is on the Research Council’s Shared Service Centre recruitment site: 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. Please quote the relevant reference number on all correspondence.



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