Carbon Budget Scientist in Marine Physics and Ocean Climate group (MPOC)

National Oceanography Centre

About the role

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Carbon Budget Scientist in NOC’s Marine Physics and Ocean climate (MPOC) and Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) groups investigating large-scale ocean carbon uptake. You will undertake research to characterise the ocean uptake of pre-industrial and anthropogenic heat and carbon, using a synthesis of observing systems and ocean models.

Carbon Budget Scientist (in MPOC) is part of the NERC-funded ABC-fluxes project (Atlantic BiogeoChemical fluxes - You will synthesise Argo data, GO-SHIP observations and data from moored sensors and samplers on the RAPID array at 26.5°N to understand the strength and variability of nutrient and carbon transports across the section and their controls of ocean carbon uptake in the North Atlantic. You should have experience of analysing biogeochemical and/or physical observations.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, with funding on a full-time basis for three 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 research (Band 6) position and the salary band will be £28,200 to £30,600 per annum.

For part-time, 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 an 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 the Principal Investigator for ABC-fluxes and TICTOC, Dr Elaine McDonagh (

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 recognises 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.

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 IRC241883. 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 867000.

Closing date: 20th August 2017
Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place on 6-8 September 2017.