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Principal Investigator

National Oceanography Centre - Ocean Technology and Engineering (OTEG)

About the Role:

You will use your creativity and innovative approach to technology to define and lead research within a collaborative multidisciplinary technology team consisting of research engineers, technologists and analytical scientists based in Southampton. You will augment existing research focused on sensor and ocean observing system development targeting marine geosciences, chemistry and biology working in collaboration with marine scientists and stakeholders with in-depth knowledge of applications and requirements. You will formulate, plan, lead, co-author and deliver successful funding bids and lead subsequent projects to create world-class technology outputs including devices, technologies, patents and papers in high impact journals and accessible media. The commercialization of the research is strongly encouraged and supported.

We are open to proposals for research topics, but would welcome applicants planning projects in:

  • Development of in situ sensors for a wide range of applications in aquatic environments
  • Ocean observing systems development, design and optimal use
  • Application-driven demonstrations and combinations of new technology to enable new science and capability frontiers: e.g. mechanisms for early warning or observation of extreme events such as an earthquake, tsunami, storm, sediment flow or nuclear test.
  • Engineering for mitigation of deleterious oceanic environmental change, e.g. geoengineering, actively managed aquatic environments, sustainable mariculture, carbon capture and storage.

Responding to traditional research council, EU, Innovate UK, industry and charity funds as well as new funding opportunities such as Official Development Assistance, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and commercialization; you will develop detailed bids and project plans. These will engage personnel from a pool of >40 existing engineering and technical staff and will engage collaborators including marine scientists and companies. Where necessary you will assist in recruitment to fill skills gaps you define. Projects will be developed and delivered together with a wider team including project managers with whom you will collaborate. Coaching, mentoring, training and structured career development are available.

About You:

You will have a track record of

  • innovative multidisciplinary technology and applications enabled by it
  • publications, patents and/or devices/designs in operational service
  • writing funding bids and leading delivery on projects

Experience in the following areas would be beneficial:

  • Marine / aquatic instrumentation or observing systems
  • Aquatic environmental management and/or exploitation
  • Successful bidding to multiple sources and opportunities

Other Information:

The starting salary for this position will be between £35,222 - £40,505 (Band 5) and £45,271 - £52,061 (Band 4) per annum.

Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates between £1,500 and £5,000.  Additional allowances will be evidenced against a strong record in grant capture and proven experience leading the development of new technology.

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

We welcome applications from candidates outside of the EU for this position.

About Us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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.

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit

What we can offer you:

At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and technology and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

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, development and commercialization of research are supported.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC careers team on / 02380 596420.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Prof. Matt Mowlem via

Job Description and Person Specification

Location: Southampton
Salary: £35,222 to £52,061 per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th January 2019
Closes: 3rd March 2019
Job Ref: NOC10052
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