Ocean Career: NOC Biogeochemistry Sediment Research Scientist

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)—the UK's center of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organization, 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 behaviors 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 motivated researcher with expertise in sediment biogeochemistry to join our multidisciplinary team, working across NOC and with our international collaborators. In this position you will leverage your experience in designing and implementing laboratory and field experiments, as well as conducting geochemical analyses of sediments and pore waters to conduct independent research in this specialized area. You will work across a spectrum of projects, initially using sediments to gain insights into the evolution of hydrothermal vents, assessing the impacts of coastal and deep-sea mining, and studying organic carbon and pollution transport and its effects on important ecosystems in submarine canyons as part of a new multidisciplinary project. Work will involve sample collection and processing, geochemical analysis using the world class facilities located within the onsite British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility (BOSCORF), other geochemical methods (including ICP-MS and ICP-OES) and geochemical modelling. The postholder will be responsible for producing academic peer-reviewed papers, presenting at conferences and workshops, and actively participating in such events. The position is offered at postdoctoral level and you will be encouraged to develop independent research ideas and proposals in collaboration with others at NOC. Career development support will be provided through mentorship and targeted training. This role includes opportunities for seagoing science onboard NOC research vessels or other ships to carry out sampling and experiments. NOC is committed to supporting researchers and therefore this is offered as an open-ended appointment, giving the successful applicant the stability to develop their own research portfolio.

About you

You should have a high level of technical knowledge and analytical expertise in sediment biogeochemistry. Our ideal candidate would have experience in areas such as biogeochemistry of trace elements and inorganic pollutants in marine sediments and preferentially also have expertise in biogeochemical transport reaction modelling. You should have a Ph.D. and some postdoctoral experience in a relevant field and also should have a track-record of internationally peer-reviewed publications in the field. We welcome applications from candidates outside the UK for this position.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 30 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.


This position will be based in Southampton. The center is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking.

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.

Salary: £40,444

Closing Date: March 20, 2024

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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