Ocean Career: Benthic Megafaunal Annotator at the National Oceanography Centre

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About the role

With an expanding portfolio of scientific work on deep-sea megabenthos, the Seafloor Ecosystems team at NOC is looking for 2 Benthic Megafaunal Annotators. These roles will be primarily responsible for turning deep-sea images into scientific data, by identifying and annotating individual animals in images. Much of the work will be focussed on the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific, but the successful applicants may be involved in other projects in other areas of the world. Although the focus will be in data acquisition, these roles will offer the opportunity to be involved in the scientific analysis of the results and publication of scientific papers. The successful applicants may have the opportunity to go on field campaigns to collect new data using autonomous and remotely-operated techniques.

About you

We are looking for people experienced at identifying and annotating seabed fauna from photographs, ideally in deep-sea environments. It is expected that applicants will have a masters or PhD or equivalent experience in marine science. We also expect applicants to have a track record in the delivery of data products, analyses, reports and scientific papers. These roles would suit a proactive and motivated person. Experience in computer programming in R and use of GIS advantageous. Applicants must be able to go to sea in remote areas of the world for extended periods of time (e.g. up to 50 days) on a variety of vessels and installations, which requires completion of a seagoing medical and appropriate seagoing training. These roles may entail global travel. They will also require interaction with industry, particularly deep-sea mining companies (who fund but cannot influence the work).

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 are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.


These positions will be based in Southampton: The site is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking.

Contract: Fixed term appointment (12 months); Full time
Salary: £29,647 per annum
Application deadline: September 14, 2022

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