Job offer in england Physical Oceanographer at National Oceanography Centre

Fixed term (24 months)

About Us

The National Oceanography Centre is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entitythat brings together nine partnersto create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

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

About the role

The National Oceanography Centre is looking to recruit a multi-skilled and adaptable physical oceanographer to join the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate research group in Liverpool.

You will initially support two projects (CAMPUS and PEANUTS) that are aiming to advance understanding of how physical processes control seasonal and episodic phytoplankton growth and longer term trends on both temperate and Arctic shelves. PEANUTS (Primary production driven by escalating Arctic nutrient fluxes?) is funded by NERCs Changing Arctic Ocean Programme and is deploying instrumentation on moorings around the Arctic for 1 year to study the impact that changing nutrient fluxes and variable light regimes have on phytoplankton growth ( CAMPUS (Combining Autonomous observations and Models for Predicting and Understanding Shelf seas), funded by NERCs Marine Integrated Autonomous Observing Systems Programme aims to improve our ability to monitor and predict shelf- and seasonal scale phytoplankton dynamics and finer scale episodic phytoplankton responses to physical forcing across the NW European Shelf using a combination of autonomous observing and modelling.

The position will involve processing, analysing and interpreting a range of multi-parameter observational data sets collected from a variety of platforms (including moorings, gliders and remote sensing) on both NW European and Arctic shelves. Specifically, you will process and deliver glider data collected during the most recent MASSMO (Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations) deployments and look to integrate these new data into the CAMPUS project. You will also process and analyse measurements from CTDs, optical nitrate and chlorophyll-a fluorescence sensors deployed for 1 year in the Barents Sea as part of the PEANUTS project.

You will compare output from the latest 1D and 3D coupled hydrodynamic-ecosystem models to the observations to assess their ability to predict the timing and magnitude of both the spring and autumn blooms and whether they are able to simulate finer-scale, patchy phytoplankton events that are triggered by smaller temporal and spatial scale physical processes. 

Timely publications in high impact scientific journals is a key outcome of these projects.

The post will evolve into considering how the continental slope and deep boundary current system dynamics impact the exchange of water between the deep ocean and shallow shelves, and the consequences this has for seasonal to inter-annual variability in phytoplankton growth and biogeochemical cycles.

This work will be done as part of a multidisciplinary team at the NOC alongside UK and international partners.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, initially available for two years offered on NERC terms and conditions. The NOC is a strategic research organization that takes a long term view when recruiting. Whilst this is a Fixed Term Appointment we regularly extend or convert to open ended appointments subject to operational requirements.

About you

You will have a strong background in oceanography (PhD or equivalent experience), ideally within a shelf sea environment and will have demonstrated experience in observational physical oceanography.

You will have a proven track record of publishing work in peer reviewed international journals. Experience of working within multi-disciplinary projects is desirable.

You will have extensive experience of processing and interpreting observational ocean data and have suitable coding skills to process complex, large and multi-variable datasets from a range of platforms.

Preferably, you will have had experience in working with ocean glider and mooring data sets.

Experience in working with model output would also be an advantage.

You will be able to multi-task and deliver high quality output and analysis to a number of projects.

Applicants with a background in biophysical interactions are strongly encouraged to apply.

What we offer

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. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to low cost car -parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Jo Hopkins via

The closing date for applications is 9th September 2018.


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