Job Opportunity: Ocean Environment Scientist with the UK Hydrographic Office


This role sits within the Ocean Environment Team – part of the wider Scientific Analysis Group. The team is specifically responsible for managing a diverse range of marine environmental data (e.g. tidal, marine biological, oceanographic, geological, acoustic and ocean climatological) to support the UKHO's input into commercial, SOLAS, MOD and Allied requirements.


Customers require professional advice and a range of Situational Awareness products providing information about the marine environment to assist in their planning. To support this, the Ocean Environment Team within the Scientific Analysis Group, acquires data from a variety of sources and analyses those data for subsequent use. The purpose of this post is to provide the expertise necessary to advise on the use of environmental data and development to provide an assessment of the environmental conditions likely to be encountered. This will be achieved through collaborations with external organisations and scientific communities.

Specific Technical/Functional Skills and Experience


  • Strong mathematical ability and a deep knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine environmental science - a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in marine science or a related discipline
  • A working knowledge of data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine environmental data, including computer programming skills (preferably some experience with MATLAB/R/Python alongside shell-scripting)
  • An understanding of data presentation and visualisation techniques and the ability to apply that to marine environmental data


  • Good working knowledge of GIS software packages (such as ArcGIS). Experience with similar software (such as QGIS) and the ability to adapt to those used in UKHO is acceptable.
  • Knowledge of the marine environments’ impact on operational significance.
  • Experience of liaison and collaboration activities, preferably in the scientific arena.

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