Ocean Career: NOC Phytoplankton and Autonomous Technologies 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 to recruit a talented and enthusiastic oceanographer to join NOC’s world-class Marine Biogeochemistry team in a new, open-ended Research Scientist position in autonomous biogeochemistry. This position will play a central role in an exciting multi­disciplinary project investigating the drivers of primary productivity in the North Atlantic: the NERC-funded IDAPro (Integrated Drivers of Atlantic Productivity) project, part of the ambitious BIO-Carbon program (www.bio-carbon.ac.uk).

The first 3 years of this role will focus on quantifying spatial and temporal variability in primary productivity and will contribute to delivering world-class research into bio­physical interactions and the biological carbon pump in the open ocean through the analysis of cutting-edge biological and biogeochemical datasets collected by autonomous platforms (floats, gliders and Autosub Long Range, aka ‘Boaty McBoatface’). This includes, but is not restricted to, calibration and data processing, analysis of biogeochemical data and data synthesis activities, and potential participation in research cruises to deploy autonomous platforms and/or collect in situ calibration measurements.

The role is offered as an open-ended Research Scientist level (Band 6) position, with initial funding for 3 years from the IDAPro project; the post-holder will have the support to continue to develop their skills and career, to grow their research portfolio and to develop collaborations nationally and internationally. They will have the opportunity to engage with ongoing research programs at NOC as well as having the time to develop their own projects, research direction and science leadership skills.

About You

You will have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a relevant field and an understanding of open ocean biophysical interactions, in particular relating to spatio­temporal variability and/or phytoplankton productivity and dynamics. You will also have experience in using autonomous vehicles, particularly floats and gliders, to investigate biophysical interactions and/or productivity in the open ocean, and experience of bio­optical sensors and associated data analysis. You will have expertise with data analysis software and programming, e.g., Matlab or Python, and good quantitative skills. Publication of peer-reviewed papers of relevance to the post would be ideal.

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.


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. 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: November 22, 2023

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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