Marine Ecologist - National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Job Title: Marine Ecologist

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: Band 6: £28,200 to £32,430 per annum

Full time 37 hours per week

Fixed term for 3 years

About the role:

The successful applicant will support existing and new research programmes using sustained observations to investigate natural and anthropogenic change, for example work at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain. The aims include applying a quantitative ecological approach to understanding fundamental theoretical mechanisms in ecology and ecosystem function. Such mechanistic research could include focus on factors controlling the spatial and temporal dynamics of benthic ecosystems. The position will focus on deep-sea megafauna. It is expected that the work also will be applied to issues of ocean management such as marine conservation zone management, potential impacts of oil and gas industry activity, carbon capture and storage and seafloor mining.

The job will have the following responsibilities:

  • Develop a globally important research programme
  • Integrate and add value to existing NOC research programmes
  • Present work through a range of media, including through scientific publications and talks
  • Supporting NOC sustained observation programme and lead field data acquisition
  • Benthic ecological assessment, analysis, reporting and publication
  • Engage with national and international network of collaborators and other stakeholders, including industry
  • Be willing and able to work at sea and globally
  • Administration, project and financial management

About you:

The successful candidate shall have the following key skills and experience

  • PhD in biological science or related discipline
  • Knowledge of marine ecology, ideally deep-water benthic ecology
  • Experience of working in the marine environment, ideally on research cruises
  • Preferably have experience of deep-sea biology
  • Experience of academic working (writing and publishing papers, presentation, research grant preparation etc), including leading high-quality academic publications
  • Skills in quantitative ecology (ideally including understanding of some aspects of theoretical ecology)
  • Ideally have experience in working with images to extract biological information.
  • Experience in data manipulation and analysis, including statistics. Ideally experience in computer programming (e.g. in R or Matlab).
  • Specialist knowledge of a particular megafaunal marine taxon
  • Ability to work with wide variety of personnel, different organisations and in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Proactive and motivated
  • Ability to manage time, projects and resources to deliver high-quality science to project deadlines.

Other information:

This position will require the candidate to travel globally and spend significant time onboard research or offshore industry vessels (usually 6-8 weeks per voyage). The position will be dependent on passing a medical evaluation to ensure that the candidate can perform their duties at sea.

The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

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 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 a 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.

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:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC245596. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Daniel Jones via 02380 596357.

Closing date:  22nd  July 2018

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).