Ocean Career: NOC Ocean Modeling Research Scientist

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 offers the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most advanced ocean and climate models. The successful candidate will join the vibrant Marine Systems Modelling group at NOC, where initially they will play an important role in the exciting, multi-institute National Capability program AtlantiS, which focuses on North Atlantic research. Tasks will include developing, evaluating and running advanced numerical models, including ocean, atmosphere and sea-ice components, and analyzing output from these and other model simulations in conjunction with data from NOC’s state-of-the-art observational programs such as the RAPID and OSNAP monitoring arrays. They will perform research on (i) understanding recent changes in the state of the ocean (ii) investigating how the ocean will be impacted by future climate change and (iii) how the atmospheric circulation reacts to changes in the state of the ocean.

About you

You will have a Ph.D. in a numerate science discipline, mathematics, computing or engineering, strong mathematical and computing skills, with expertise in data analysis and experience of programming in Linux environments, and be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Some prior knowledge of oceanography and/or meteorology would be desirable. The ideal person for this job will be interested in learning the technical details of running and analyzing advanced numerical models as well as taking on the scientific challenge of understanding ongoing changes and predicting future changes in the oceans and the climate system. You would be expected to collaborate broadly, both internally at NOC and nationally and internationally. You will have a track record in scientific research publication appropriate to your career stage and will be an organized and methodical team player who thrives in collective endeavor.

Why the 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


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.

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.

We can support visa applications where required. We may be able to offer financial support for applicants who will need to relocate for this position.

Salary: £40,444

Closing date: May 10, 2024

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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