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Chair in Ocean and Earth Science

Ocean & Earth Science

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 07 November 2011
Reference:  039711HN

The National Oceanography Centre Southampton represents an unparalleled investment in marine and Earth science and technology in the UK. It opened in 1995 in a purpose-built waterfront campus in a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council. The Centre houses around 500 staff.  The University component comprises about 120 staff, 600 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate students. Further information can be found at . Across the University, we have strong links with biologists, chemists, engineers, physicists and medics.

We have a diverse range of excellent laboratory and seagoing facilities. The Centre provides a unique intellectual environment for conducting world-class research and for training the next generation of scientists for a wide range of careers. During the next 12-18 months, we wish to recruit approximately up to academic staff across a range of disciplines.  Up to two of these posts will be at Chair level.  Chair (full professor) candidates should be widely recognized as established international leaders in their research field. Subdisciplines of interest are listed in the Job Description and Person Specification below.  

Candidate Evaluation

You must have a PhD at the time of appointment and a proven ability to publish innovative, high-quality research. Emphasis will be placed on your track record of publications and grant capture commensurate to career stage and your ability to develop a dynamic, externally funded research program with an international profile. We welcome your application if you pursue fundamental research or if you have the potential to develop applied research and closer links with industry. You will have a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, including field training in oceanography, marine biology or earth science, and a desire to engage in doctoral student supervision by capitalizing on the opportunities presented by our large Graduate School.

Application Process

Enquiries should be directed to Professor Tim Minshull, Head of Ocean and Earth Science ( When applying for a position, please submit your curriculum vitae, concise statements of research interests and aspirations and teaching philosophy and interests, and the names and contact details of at least three referees to quoting the relevant reference number and identifying one of the areas of interest detailed in the attached further particulars, with an electronic copy to Prof. Minshull.

The University of Southampton is an exciting and supportive place to work. We offer highly competitive salaries and benefits packages – an excellent pension scheme and generous holiday allowance. There is also access to excellent sport and leisure facilities and the opportunity to develop your career in a friendly and professional environment.

The closing date for this post is 7 November 2011. Please apply online through or alternatively telephone 023 8059 2750 for an application form. Please quote vacancy reference number 039711HN on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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