Staff scientist – Marine carbon dioxide research

Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research Group, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

The National Oceanography Centre, part of the Natural Environment Research Council, 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.

We are seeking to appoint a Staff Scientist in the field of Marine CO2 research. The postholder will be expected to develop and implement a novel, imaginative and world-class research programme in Marine CO2 research in the context of NERC strategic priorities including the TAP actions in greenhouse gas (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/themes/tap/tap-phase3.asp#greenhouse); shelf seas biogeochemistry (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/themes/tap/tap-phase3.asp#shelf) and the Integrated Carbon Observing System (http://www.icos-infrastructure.eu/). Representative activities might include diagnosing the air sea CO2 flux from observations, evaluating the effect of CO2 on marine organisms or estimating anthropogenic storage of CO2 i in the deep ocean.

The OBE group is well equipped to host such a programme with dedicated laboratory and analytical facilities, regular access to shipboard sampling programmes and mooring infrastructure. In addition, we represent a critical mass of expertise in the oceanic biological sequestration of carbon and our co-location with the School of Ocean and Earth Science of the University of Southampton allows for student co-supervision.

This post will be offered as an open ended position on NERC terms and conditions at either a Band 6 (salary range £26,180 to £29,410 per annum), Band 5 (£30,710 to £37,120 per annum) or as a Band 4 (£36,240 to £48,230 per annum) scientist, depending upon experience.

At all three grades you will have a PhD or equivalent experience in Marine Carbon Dioxide related research or a related field, a thorough knowledge of the marine CO2 system and, a track record of publications in marine CO2 research and grant capture appropriate to career stage. For all posts, you will have a clear objective/sense of direction for your research programme and a plan for achieving the desired outcomes. At the higher grades you should have the ability to form and lead a research group in the field using a diversity of funding streams.

General enquiries only regarding this post should be directed to Dr Richard Sanders, e-mail: r.sanders@noc.ac.uk – please do not send applications or CV’s, please apply as per the instructions below.

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 details of how to apply, please visit http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/vacancies/

The closing date for completed application forms is 30 September 2011. Please quote reference number IRC26612 on all correspondence.


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