Marine Data Scientist

British Oceanographic Data Centre

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is part of a worldwide network of oceanographic data centres created to support global, regional and climate-related studies of the world’s oceans. We are at the forefront of managing and disseminating large, complex marine data sets. We are a component of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) environmental data centre network and collaborate widely with other national data centres and international initiatives, to make marine data discoverable and easily available to scientists, policy makers, industry and the public. BODC is part of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

About the role:

Based at either our Liverpool or Southampton sites, you will work in our large team of Data Scientists ensuring that marine data collected on research projects is curated and made widely available for long term re-use. You will be involved in managing data from national/international projects for which BODC is the designated Data Centre. The work is intellectually challenging and fulfilling. You will be expected to develop solutions for the management of data within your area of responsibility. You will also be expected to work closely with project scientists and to develop a clear scientific insight into the data being handled. Some seagoing work may be arranged to familiarise you with data collection techniques.


This is a Band 7 position and the starting salary will be £22,224 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This role will involve periods of travel both within the UK and internationally and occasional working at sea as required.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

Hours of Work: 

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

To be successful in this role you will need to understand the value of sharing quality marine science data. You will have a degree or post-graduate qualification in marine science with experience of working with large scientific datasets. Well-developed computer skills will be required, ideally, including some scientific programming experience. Good communication, planning and problem solving skills are highly desirable, as is an understanding of project management.

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, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is the UK national marine 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. 

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 UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at   quoting reference number IRC242654. 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: 25th September 2017
Interview dates: 24th,25th and 26th October 2017