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[Met-jobs] Southampton University Faculty Cryosphere and other positions

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Thu, 6 Oct 2011 09:43:35 +0000

Reader/Senior Lecturer posts
University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

The National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) 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. To achieve a step change in the breadth of our research activity, 
during the next 12-18 months we plan to recruit up to ten academic staff across 
a range of disciplines. Up to two of these posts will be at Chair level (Ref 
039711HN; salary from £58324.00 per annum), up to three will be at 
Reader/Senior Lecturer level (Ref 039511HN; salary £45336.00 -£57021.00 per 
annum), and the majority will be at Lecturer level (Ref 039611HN; salary 
£29972.00 – £44016.00 per annum). Chair (full professor) candidates should be 
widely recognized as established international leaders in their research field. 
Readership/Senior Lecturer (equivalent to tenured associate professor) 
candidates should also be international leaders in their field but will be at 
an earlier career stage. At Lecturer level (equivalent to tenure-track 
assistant professor), we are interested in recruiting early-career individuals 
with growing international reputations for research excellence and with the 
ambition to become international leaders in their fields.

Coast and Shelf Oceanography
We expect to make up to three appointments in this area, including one at a 
senior level. The senior appointment will have the opportunity to play a 
leading role in the development of the University’s new Maritime and Marine 
Institute. Areas of interest include sediment dynamics; coastal and shelf 
morpho-dynamics; shelf, coastal and estuarine oceanography; engineering 
solutions to coastal change; socio-economics and the coastal zone.

Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography
We seek a marine biologist/biological oceanographer to join a dynamic group of 
biologists and ecologists working in areas spanning marine ecology, molecular 
biology, marine biogeochemistry and marine biotechnology. We invite 
applications from applicants in any area of marine biology including pelagic 
ecology of metazoans, fisheries biology, marine biotechnology or marine 
microbiology of the water column and sediments.

Organic Geochemistry
We seek applications from those with established expertise in organic 
geochemistry in its broadest sense. We wish to develop strength in areas 
including but not limited to, palaeoclimate and palaeoceanographic 
reconstruction, biogeochemical cycles, novel marine compounds with bio-medical 
application, petroleum geochemistry, kerogens, soil, peat and coal, and 
environment and pollution. We seek to complement our existing strengths by 
recruiting a potential world-leader who will develop organic geochemistry 
research at NOCS.

Sedimentology/Earth Surface Processes
We seek candidates with expertise in sedimentology and/or earth surface 
processes. Applications are welcomed from scientists with proven academic 
experience and research ability (including those with applied and industrial 
experience). We seek candidates working in areas including but not limited to: 
clastic sedimentology, dynamic stratigraphy, quantitative geomorphology, 
morphotectonics, Quaternary science, palaeoclimatology, basin evolution, 
hydrocarbon exploration.

We seek candidates with established expertise in palaeomagnetism, with research 
interests that include geomagnetic field behaviour, geochronology, tectonics, 
environmental magnetism, and technique development. Candidates should be keen 
to develop dynamic collaborations with one or more of the following Research 
Groups: Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate; Geochemistry; Geology and 
Geophysics; Coastal Processes.

Ocean Biogeochemistry
We seek a marine scientist to join the interdisciplinary world leading Marine 
Biogeochemistry research group at NOCS. We particularly seek candidates with a 
strong chemical research focus but welcome candidates with other backgrounds, 
including microbial biogeochemistry. We expect the appointment to make full use 
of the opportunities for collaboration at NOCS with e.g. sensor developers, 
geochemists, and biological and physical oceanographers.

Atmospheric Science
We seek candidates with recognized expertise in the atmospheric component of 
the climate system. We aim to develop a strong profile in climatically 
important facets of atmospheric science such as experimental and theoretical 
aspects of atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry, and atmosphere-ocean 
interactions. We particularly seek candidates with a research profile that may 
build on or complement our established oceanographic research.

Science of the Cryosphere
We seek candidates with established expertise in the cryospheric component of 
the climate system in its broadest sense. We aim to develop strength in all 
aspects of the cryosphere including, but not limited to, ice-sheet/ice-shelf 
modeling, ice-ocean-climate modelling, modern observation (in situ and/or 
remote sensing) and palaeo-reconstruction of ice-sheet and glaciological 
processes, ice-core climate reconstructions, and glacio-geomorphology and 

Natural Hazards
We seek candidates with established expertise in natural hazards and risks. We 
aim to develop research in areas including, but not limited to, tropical and 
extra-tropical storms (including surges), hydrological cycle extremes (flooding 
and droughts), volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis. We particularly 
welcome applications from candidates with well-developed links to the 
reinsurance industry.

We have opportunities for multidisciplinary scientists interested the 
assessment or development of Geoengineering approaches to tackle the 
consequences of elevated concentrations of atmospheric CO2. This could entail a 
Solar Radiation Management and/or Carbon Dioxide Reduction approach or a wide 
range of carbon capture and storage options (e.g., deep saline aquifers, 
mineral carbonation). We value linkages with the petroleum, mining and other 
industries; experience in public engagement and acceptance, national and 
transnational governance of Geoengineering approaches; and the Monitoring, 
Verification and Accounting of carbon capture and storage.

Ocean Sensor Development
NOCS has established itself as a world leader in sensor development, with 
projects ranging from the building of systems to measure nutrients and 
carbonate chemistry in the oceans to the fabrication of probes to investigate 
the chemistry of sub-Antarctic glacial lakes. We seek a talented and ambitious 
researcher to expand our activities in this area. In addition to the 
first-class facilities within NOCS, the individual will also have the 
opportunity to build on our strong links with colleagues in Electronics and 
Computer Science in the design and fabrication of integrated micro-devices and 

Reaction Transport Modelling
We seek quantitative scientists with expertise in reactive tracer transport 
modeling and experience in the quantitative description of the advection and 
exchange of heat, fluid and material in diverse geological environments. 
Interests could include, but are not restricted to, magma-melt reactions, 
sedimentary diagenesis, waste disposal (including nuclear), acid mine drainage, 
carbon sequestration, metamorphism, hydrothermal exchange and mineralization.

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 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. We are also interested in 
receiving expressions of interest from early-career scientists for a research 
fellowship scheme to be advertised later in 2011.

Application Process
Enquiries should be directed to Professor Tim Minshull, Head of Ocean and Earth 
 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 online 
quoting the relevant reference number and identifying one of the above areas of 
interest, with an electronic copy to Prof. Minshull.

The application deadline is 7th November 2011. Please quote the relevant 
reference numbers in all correspondence.

The University of Southampton is an exciting and supportive place to work. We 
offer highly competitive salaries and benefits packages – including a 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.

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