Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC243675
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £28200 - £30600
Date Posted 04 January 2018
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 February 2018
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 - £30,600 per annum
Grade: Band 6
Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday - Friday
Contract: Open-Ended
Close Date: 4th February 2018
Interview Date: TBC

About the role:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher position in NOC’s Marine Physics and Ocean climate (MPOC) group investigating and large-scale ocean uptake and heat and carbon. You will undertake targeted research tasks to contribute to large research projects and support the communication and management of these projects. 

The focus of the research tasks will be on the analysis of observations and observational products to quantify variability of ocean properties and ocean circulation and identify the impacts of that variability on the oceans role in the climate system. The initial focus will be in the South Atlantic and will include an analysis of data from Argo floats to identify the importance of Indian Ocean waters in setting the properties of the upper 1000m.

The post will also contribute to the communication of these research tasks and the achievements of the broader projects (AtlantOS and SMURPHS) within which the tasks sit through publications and presentations.

You will also support the communication and delivery of the NERC-funded research projects, TICTOC and ABC-fluxes. Working with Principal Investigator Elaine McDonagh this role will include ensuring delivery of these projects and communicating the achievements of the projects to project investigators and other key stakeholders.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, with funding on a full-time basis for two years offered on NERC terms and conditions and open to internal and external candidates. We welcome applications for full and part-time working.


This is a postdoctoral researcher (Band 6) position and the salary band will be £28,200 to £30,600 per annum and depending upon skills and experience.

For part-time posts, the salary will be calculated on a pro rata basis and all part-time employees will have full access to NERC benefits.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are 37 hours per week for a full-time post and reduced pro-rata for a part-time post.

About you:

You will be motivated and productive scientists, joining a network of International researchers involved as project partners, investigators, postdoctoral researchers and students. The ability to work as part of such a team is essential.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (

If you have any questions about these posts please contact, Dr Elaine McDonagh (, Associate Head of Marine Physics and Ocean Climate Group.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

Personal Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • PhD or equivalent experience in physical oceanography
  • a sound understanding of the ocean’s role in climate systems.

Desirable: 

  • appreciation of the oceans role in the earths carbon cycle.

Experience related to position


  • experience of using in situ oceanographic data  
  • experience of working in and contributing to the effective organisation of a team  
  • publication record and grant capture appropriate to career stage.



  • programming skill in matlab or equivalent language  
  • demonstration of effective oral and written presentation skills  
  • experience of effective communication though eg emails, websites twitter.  



  • evidence of ability to work effectively in a team as well as individually  
  • ability to solve research problems  
  • demonstration of effective organisation skills and time management. 

Other requirements:


  • willingness to participate in project meetings within the UK   
  • willingness to present results at conferences within the UK and internationally.

Context or Background:

This post is part of the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group within NOC. The post will contribute to, support, and enable delivery of four research projects within that group. These projects are aligned in that they relate to the oceans uptake of heat and carbon and the role the ocean plays in the climate system. The focus of the MPOC components are observation based although each project includes other partners.

Job Purpose:

You will undertake targeted research projects that relate the observed variability of ocean circulation and ocean properties (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen) to the oceans role in climate. These research projects will make up contributions to the consortia SMURPHS  and AtlantOS. You will further support these and other projects, TICTOC and ABC fluxes and the Principal Investigator Dr Elaine McDonagh through excellent communication with the consortia investigators and other key stakeholders.

SMURPHS (Securing Multidisciplinary UndeRstanding and Prediction of Hiatus and Surge events) is a NERC funded Highlight topic project

AtlantOS (Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing Systems) is an EU H2020 project
ABC (Atlantic BiogeoChemical) fluxes is a NERC funded component of the RAPID AMOC Theme Action Plan
TICTOC (Transient tracer-based Investigation of Circulation and Thermal Ocean Change) is a recently funded NERC Large Grant.

Expectations of the role:

We expect this role to undertake research projects; contribute to the publication and communication of research and wider project; support the principal investigator in ensuring delivery of research projects.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities:                                                                                                                                

  • analyse observations/observation-based products to determine regional temperature and circulation variability to contribute to AtlantOS and SMURPHS projects
  • contribute to publication and presentation of results from SMURPHS and AtlantOS projects. . This will be to fit within one of NOC’s scientific and technological goals, namely to quantify the rate of penetration of heat into the ocean, a key process currently mitigating the rate of atmospheric warming
  • support PI to ensure delivery of TICTOC project, including communication through emails, web sites and presentations to other investigators, project advisory board and other key stakeholders
  • support PI to ensure delivery of ABC fluxes project, including communication through emails and web sites to investigators and other key stakeholders
  • contribution to co-ordination of observing elements of project. 

Expectations of all staff:

  • comply with Research Council and NERC policies at all times, including Equal Opportunities Policies, and ensure that duties are carried out in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and guidance documents as directed by NOC
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to NOC values and People Strategy
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to Working with Respect – NOC Guidance
  • attend relevant seminars, workshops and training events and maintain professional development by completing CPD (Continuous Professional Development) appropriate to the role
  • maintain a safe working environment by attending Health and Safety training as required and follow local codes of safe working practices and actively contribute to embedding a safety culture across NOC
  • adopt and promote awareness of NOC’s environmental aims and other initiatives
  • carry out other duties within the scope, spirit and general purpose of the post and adopt a flexible approach to work
  • as duties and responsibilities change this job description will be reviewed and revised in consultation with the post holder
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your Manager.

How to apply:
All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC243675. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date: 4th February 2018
Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place on a date which is to be confirmed.