Ocean Career: NOC Ocean Informatics Lead Designer

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)—the UK’s leading institution for integrated coastal and deep ocean research. Through our ground-breaking research, collaboration, and game-changing innovation we work to gain a deeper understanding of our ocean, helping every living thing on our planet flourish.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community focused on solving challenging long-term marine science problems, underpinning international and UK public policy, business and societal outcomes.

The ocean has the potential to provide the solutions to so many of the social, economic and environmental challenges we face worldwide. To truly harness the value of the ocean, we put ocean research, science, and discovery at the heart of our culture.

Join us in shaping the future of oceanographic research and contribute your unique perspective to our organization.

About the role

This role is part of NOC’s Digital Ocean program and, working alongside AI specialists, software engineers, and data scientists, it will contribute to create the “NOC of the future”.

Our team designs and develops digital capabilities (e.g., platforms, AI tools, training) and knowledge networks to support innovation across NOC and the wider international oceanographic community. Our projects encompass topics such as interactive visualization, robotics and autonomous systems, big data analysis and Digital Twins.

This role provides excellent opportunities for learning a wide variety of new skills and working across ocean-related, multi-disciplinary, and international communities. It is intended to bring innovative design-based approaches to enable interdisciplinary collaboration across science/technology/engineering and among internal and external stakeholders – from expert users to the public. For this purpose, a good understanding of software engineering, simulation-based approaches, human-computer interaction, as well as natural sciences will be required.

About you

You will be a designer who is strongly motivated by the opportunity to apply your skills to meet the challenges of oceanographic research. You will have experience and interest in the areas listed above and be eager to learn and further develop your skills.

Expertise dealing with oceanography or environmental knowledge and data is helpful, but not essential.

You will be a strong team player but also able to work on your own and proactively interact with users and colleagues to identify solutions. You will care about the quality of the solutions you produce, following good design, science and technology practices and listening to feedback from users.

We are seeking to grow the team with a range of levels of experience and are happy to consider candidates at band 5 or band 6 for this position. You can find more information in the attached job descriptions.

Applicants at Band 5 in particular will be expected to demonstrate how they can:

  • take a leading technical role in projects, particularly those with a higher degree of complexity;
  • support the Head of Ocean Informatics in driving improvements to our processes and developing the Ocean Informatics team; and
  • contribute to revenue generation, by providing relevant input to funding applications.

Why NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits, including:

  • 30 days contractual annual leave, plus 3.5 extra closure days and bank holidays
  • a 10% employer contribution pension scheme
  • access to our Employee Assistance Programme, offering free and anonymous support on mental, physical, emotional, health and financial issues
  • access to a flexible benefits portal offering online discounts, cashback and eGift cards
  • a Cycle2Work scheme allowing employees to acquire bikes and accessories
  • a great working environment with several social events, including summer and Christmas celebrations


This position can be based in Southampton or Liverpool. Our Southampton site is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking with over 40 EV charging points. The Liverpool center is part of the University campus and is only a short walk from the city center and Lime Street station.

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.

Salary: Band 5: £50,017 - £55,016 / Band 6: £40,444 - £44,366

Closing date: May 24, 2024.

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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