Ocean Career: NOC Marine Carbonate Chemist

Our team of 35 interdisciplinary engineers and scientists is looking for someone to join us in developing custom sensors and instruments for ocean observations. Our group has an excellent track record in developing and deploying in-situ instrumentation, generating new knowledge, and contributing to our understanding of the global Ocean.

We are seeking a motivated scientist to undertake the development, optimization, and application of high-performance analytical chemistry techniques for marine autonomous carbonate sensor systems. Working with a wider team of engineers, research staff, technical staff, and students, you will undertake the development and optimization of new and innovative sensors for marine carbonate chemistry parameters such as pH, dissolved inorganic carbon, total alkalinity, and partial pressure of CO2. These sensors will be deployed widely in the environment, including marine autonomous platforms and fixed monitoring stations. They will provide data for use in environmental and climate modeling, in industrial applications such as Carbon Capture and Storage and carbon dioxide removal, and for improving our understanding of the Ocean’s carbon cycle.

You will work with the wider Ocean Technology and Engineering group to optimize prototype in situ systems and the analytical techniques they employ. You will disseminate this work internally and externally through training, documentation, peer-reviewed publications, patents, and licensing agreements with companies. You will support others in the group through training, analytical support, fieldwork, administrative functions, and supervision of students and junior staff as required.

The team has access to world-class analytical laboratories, fabrication, testing, and design facilities, together with access to seagoing and polar research logistics.

About You

We seek applicants who can work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams, with expertise in seawater analysis and the ability to rapidly learn and become experts in new techniques. A Bachelors's or Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, Marine Chemistry, Chemical Oceanography, or closely related discipline is required. Prior theoretical knowledge of marine carbonate chemistry and practical experience in carbonate chemistry analysis is highly desirable. You will have a portfolio of work, including publications in leading journals, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex measurement problems and to quickly master new techniques. For Band 5, you will have proven experience in generating research funding, leading projects and teams.


This position will be based in Southampton. The center is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car parking.

The NOC has a hybrid working approach where for most positions, staff can work from home up to 2 days per week. If you are interested in this position but require a more flexible working arrangement, please contact the recruitment team using the contact details below.

For those outside the UK willing to relocate, we can support visa applications where required.

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