Coastal Blue Carbon Researcher

National Oceanography Centre
Southampton, Hampshire (GB)
£36,067 (Band 6)
November 25 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Other Corporate

Coastal Blue Carbon Researcher

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Fixed term appointment (3 year)

Full time

£36,067 (Band 6)

Closing Date: 03/01/2022

Job Reference: NOC10807

Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

An exciting opportunity has opened up to support the expanding portfolio of NOC research projects which are conducting blue carbon inventories and generating a better understanding of carbon sequestration by coastal vegetated habitats. The role of Coastal Blue Carbon Researcher will augment the Ocean BioGeochemistry team and support the research group of Dr Claire Evans. The majority of the post will be dedicated to supporting the two NOC-led Sustainable Management of Marine Resources projects, namely ReSOW UK and Co-Opt which are both based in the UK. However, the role will also support the wider portfolio of Blue Carbon research which encompasses projects around the world such as the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme The focus of the role will be to conduct Blue Carbon Inventories of seagrass beds and other coastal habitats using extent and emissions data via tools such as the as InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs) model. The successful candidate will also be required to participate in fieldwork to collect sediment cores from seagrass beds and to conduct geochemical analysis of core samples via techniques such as Isotopic Ratio Mass Spectrometry. The role offers unique potential to work in close partnership with those who govern, manage and use the coast, thus building the successful candidate’s network and awareness of the associated policy and socioeconomic landscape.

About you

We seek an early career researcher who has, or is about to be awarded with, a PhD in a relevant field. You will have the capacity to conduct blue carbon inventories (or similar natural capital assessments) integrating extent data (land use land cover) and emissions data (carbon stocks and fluxes). You will have the required skills to use the InVEST -Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs model, or other similar models. 6.1.1 Modeling ecosystem services with InVEST (Adrian Vogl, NatCap) - YouTube which requires intermediate or higher GIS skills.  The candidate will participate in field campaigns both nationally in the UK and overseas to collect samples in coastal vegetated habitats and determine emission data, (such as carbon stocks and sequestration rates as well as greenhouse gas emissions). Competency in analytical biogeochemistry is beneficial, as the candidate will be required to process samples using approaches such as Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry, although full training and support will be given. A willingness to participate in fieldwork is essential, as is an ability to swim and participate in sediment core collection. Diving qualifications are not necessary. You will have a publication record suited to your career stage. We seek a highly self-motivated candidate who prioritizes excellence in balance with the need to meet deadlines, and works successfully as part of team, as well as possessing the initiative to function independently when required. Enthusiasm and skills in engaging a diverse range of stakeholders would be beneficial.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

Southampton: The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

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: 

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and assessment criteria.

Date advert posted: 25/11/2021

Closing date: 03/01/2022 Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants. 

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.

Assessing applications

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a ‘Candidate Assessment’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the strongest candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have been selected for interview we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for interview we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.