Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Research

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The National Oceanography Centre 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 the needs across the UK marine science community.

A post doctoral research post is available in a multidisciplinary team, to undertake research leading to: 1) an understanding of variability spectra in a wide range of oceanographic parameters predominantly in the Arctic ocean; 2) a scientific understanding of what can be learned using spectra about climatic scale changes in the Arctic ocean and; 3) to support the bio-physics team observational programme, particularly in the analysis of mesoscale and submesoscale oceanographic process study datasets and in our continued developments in the modelling of dinoflagellate bioluminescence; principally where contrasts and analogies can be made to arctic datasets.

You will join a large and successful multidisciplinary team ( carrying out a study of cross-correlation scales from underway and towed observational datasets, particularly in the Arctic ocean, both for physical properties and biological patchiness, and study how these scales may have changed over the last 10-15 years in the Arctic ocean.

A doctoral level degree in an appropriate marine science based subject is expected and a first degree in a strongly numerate subject is essential. A track record of working with plankton ecologists/marine biogeochemists would be a distinct advantage. Experience of working with numerical outputs from marine sensors and experience with numerical models are both required. Similarly, demonstrated experience of working with non-expert customers or stakeholders will be looked for. Operational sea-going experience, e.g. CTD, ADCP data processing, report writing, watch-keeping etc., experience with laboratory based bathyphotometer measurements and the development of protocols and experience of developing ecosystem models are all highly desirable

The post is largely funded by NERC’s targeted Arctic programme, and we anticipate further opportunities in the future for successful candidates. The group has a track record of attracting significant research, and we are looking for a candidate who will help to build on this track record in the future.

Informal enquiries only relating to the post (please do not send CV’s) should be directed to Dr. John Allen ( or Dr Adrian Martin (

The post is offered on NERC terms and conditions and is available for 2 years. The salary is in the range of £26,180 to £29,410 per annum.

NERC provide benefits that include a RCUK pension scheme and generous leave scheme offering up to 30 days leave and a further 10.5 Public/privilege days. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

For further information and to apply for this post, please visit

The closing date for completed application forms is Friday 6 January 2012.

Please quote reference number IRC38861 on all correspondence.

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