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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Climate Scientist / Statistician (Research) - National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

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Date Thu, 4 Jul 2019 15:45:16 +0000

Climate Scientist / Statistician (Research)

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

£29,181 and £33,558 per annum (Band 6) or £36,325 and £41,774 (Band 5)

Full time (37 hours per week)

Fixed term 4 years


About the role:


We are looking for an independently-minded scientist able to combine statistical and physical models of uncertainty to evaluate marine air temperature observations and construct a new long climate record of temperature change. This role is part of GloSAT, a large four-year research project recently funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) that will construct and analyse a new multi-century Global Surface Air Temperature climate data record. Led by NOC, GloSAT also includes researchers from the Met Office and the Universities of Reading, East Anglia, Edinburgh, York and Southampton. The post-holder will lead research to develop and analyse a new marine air temperature dataset as part of the NOC contribution to GloSAT.


This new post will work to assess the quality of marine air temperature records going back to around 1790 and understand the influence of solar radiation on observations made on different types of ships and with different types of radiation shelters. Observational biases will be modelled, and adjustments for bias developed and applied; the residual uncertainty and its correlation structure will then be quantified. The observations will be used to construct gridded fields, building on methods already in use at NOC. As part of this work the post-holder will collaborate with researchers at the University of East Anglia who will perform complementary analyses for observations over land. They will also work closely with researchers at the Universities of Reading and Southampton who will rescue data and apply machine learning techniques to extend and improve the marine observations. The Met Office will co-ordinate the construction of global air temperature fields (land-ocean-ice) and the post-holder will need to ensure that the marine data and their uncertainties are in suitable form for incorporation into the global analyses.


The role also includes the evaluation of the marine and global gridded analyses, including their co-evaluation with land and ice data at coasts (in collaboration with the University of York and the data developers as above). The datasets will be used to understand our changing climate by researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Reading, the post-holder will advise on how best to use the marine datasets and their uncertainties in this research.


Whilst this is a fixed term appointment, there may be potential to convert to a permanent appointment subject to operational requirements.


About you:


You will have a PhD in a numerate discipline, or equivalent experience, and be skilled in using and developing data analysis software ideally in python or R. You will be experienced in the application of statistical methods to observational datasets, and may have developed mixed statistical and physical models for uncertainty estimation. You will be able to show evidence of the development of new approaches to research problems.


You will be highly motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team. You will be able to provide evidence of strong technical writing skills and are likely to have been lead author of journal articles in high-impact journals. You will have excellent communication skills, and be able to present your work to a wide range of audiences, within and beyond GloSAT. For appointment at Band 5 you will have a track record of science and project leadership with evidence of your personal contribution to the successful delivery of project outcomes.


Other information:


The starting salary for this position will be between £29,181 and £33,558 per annum (Band 6) or £36,325 and £41,774 (Band 5).


Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates who require a right to work in the UK.


About us:


The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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.     


NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit


What we can offer you:


At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off. The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.


For more information visit Working at NOC.


Our Commitment as an Employer:


The NOC is an equal opportunities employer which values the diversity of its employees and therefore welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

In support of this commitment, we have adopted a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and further welcome applications from ethnic minorities who are currently under-represented.


In addition to this, the NOC is an accredited Investors in People organisation, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to realising the potential of all its staff and is an active member of the Athena SWAN charter which recognises the advancement of gender equality through representation, progression and success for all.


How to apply:


To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter here: If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC Careers Team at


For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Elizabeth Kent via


Closing date: 17th July 2019

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