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Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography (Turbulent Mixing over Mid Ocean Ridges)

Physical Oceanography

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £28,695 to £35,256
Full Time Fixed Term, 2 1/2 years
Closing Date:  Monday 30 November 2015
Interview Date:   Thursday 21 January 2016
Reference:  621115HN

The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow in physical oceanography to pursue research on the dynamics of turbulent mixing over mid ocean ridges. The position will focus on the analysis of a range of novel measurements of small- and finescale processes collected over the Mid Atlantic Ridge in the subtropical North Atlantic within the RidgeMix (‘A nutrient and carbon pump over mid ocean ridges’) consortium. These observations will be conducted by a mooring array deployed for 1 year in the region, and by a dedicated research expedition in May – July 2016. They will involve a suite of innovative techniques, including the measurement of the rate of turbulent dissipation using ocean microstructure gliders.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team examining the physical processes relevant to the dynamics of turbulent mixing over mid ocean ridges and their impact on the vertical transport of nutrients and carbon in subtropical gyres. The RidgeMix project aims to solve the longstanding problem of how phytoplankton in these oligotrophic regions are supplied with nutrients. The RidgeMix group includes an active sea-going team, numerical modellers and theoreticians. The NOCS RidgeMix project team will work closely with scientists at project partner institutions both in the UK (NOC Liverpool, University of Liverpool, and University of Bangor) and the USA (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).

Applicants will have a PhD or equivalent in physical oceanography (or a related field) with experience in the interpretation of oceanographic observations. They will have good knowledge of ocean dynamics and strong quantitative and communication skills, and the ability to conduct innovative research leading to high-impact publications in international refereed journals.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato on 023 8059 2680, e-mail

Ocean and Earth Science and the University of Southampton hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award demonstrating commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. 

The University recognises that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit in with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. We would, therefore, consider requests to undertake this role on a part-time or a flexible working basis.  Due consideration will also be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness.

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The vacancy will close at midnight on the closing date as shown above. If you need any assistance, please contact Carol Read on +44 (0) 23 8059 3649. Please quote vacancy reference number 621115HN on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Ocean and Earth Sciences

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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