Marine Physicist (Observational Focus) in MPOC

National Oceanography Centre

About the role:

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Marine Physicist in NOC’s Marine Physics and Ocean climate (MPOC) and Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) groups investigating large-scale ocean carbon and heat 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.

Marine Physicists are part of TICTOC (Transient tracer-based Investigation of Circulation and Thermal Ocean Change), a recently funded NERC Large Grant that will ascertain the credibility of projections of Regional Ocean warming. Using a new approach pioneered in the modelling community, the strength and pattern of the net uptake of heat by the ocean (the ‘added heat’) that sets global mean sea level rise is treated like a passive tracer. Regionally however, ocean heat content change is also substantially impacted by the redistribution of existing ocean heat due to changes in ocean circulation and air-sea fluxes. Understanding the added heat component in the contemporary ocean is key to predicting its future.

Marine Physicist (in MPOC) will focus on observations, describing and understanding the evolution of the ocean temperature field using Argo data, GO-SHIP observations, reanalyses and state estimates. As well as analysis of the global ocean there will be a particular focus on the evolving temperature field in the mixed layer to provide a boundary condition for the forward modelling. This post requires strong mathematical skills and the ability to handle and distil large data sets.

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.


These are postdoctoral research (Band 6) positions and the salary band will be £28,200 to £30,600 per annum.

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 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 IRC241881. 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: 20 August 2017
Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place on 6-8 September 2017.