Ocean Career: NOC Soci-Oceanography 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 highly motivated and skilled marine interdisciplinary researcher to join our team in the emerging area of socio-oceanography. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic research environment that takes a whole system approach to the marine environment and focuses on addressing societal challenges. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and contributing to research projects focused on large-scale problems related to the social and economic aspects of ocean resources management, from national to global levels.


  • Conduct research in interdisciplinary marine challenges which explicitly factors in societal aspects, including analyzing data, identifying trends, and assessing the impacts of human activities on the marine environment.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to address complex problems related to the following challenges:
    • Risks of climate change to the UK and EU blue economy and marine ecosystem services
    • Vulnerability of the developing countries and their coastal communities to climate change impacts
    • Costs, impacts, unintended consequences, and social acceptability of the ocean-based large-scale carbon dioxide removal techniques
  • Develop and implement innovative research methodologies, tools and models that link economies, societies, and nature
  • Publish research findings in academic journals and present them at conferences and public forums
  • Contribute to grant proposals and seek funding opportunities to support research activities
  • Provide expert advice to stakeholders and policymakers on marine socio-economic issues

About You

We’re looking for someone with the following experience:

      • Ph.D. in marine or environmental socio-economics, economics, social science or related field
      • Familiarity with socio-oceanographic challenges
      • Proficiency in relevant software and programming languages, such as R, Python, Matlab, or GIS
      • Strong research skills, including quantitative and qualitative analysis, data management, and statistical skills
      • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams and collaborating with researchers from different backgrounds
      • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with a demonstrated ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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