Job Description and Person Specification
Department / Division: Marine Systems Modelling, Science & Technology Directorate,
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Post Title: NCEO Ocean carbon Modeller
Grade: NERC Band 6
Posts Responsible to (and
Peter Challenor (NERC band 4)
Posts Responsible for (and
To undertake strategic research in the area of data assimilation in marine ecosystem modelling with a
particular focus on helping to develop the full potential of earth observation data for monitoring,
diagnosing and predicting environmental change in accordance with the aims of the National Centre for
Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities (6-10 bullet points maximum) % Time
To develop and carry out an area of personal research, building on and extending 35
previous collaborative work with the UK Met Office in biogeochemical modelling and
ocean colour data assimilation and its application to climate system analysis and
Regularly disseminate findings by taking the lead in preparing publication materials 10
for refereed journals, presenting results at conferences, or exhibiting work at other
Contribute to the writing of bids for research funding. 5
Investigate the performance of ecosystem models and data assimilation schemes 35
and approaches to test and develop them
Collaborate on original research tasks with co-workers at the Met Office and other 10
Any other duties that fall within the scope of the post as allocated by the line
manager following consultation with the post holder. 5
Internal & External Relationships: (nature & purpose of relationships)
Direct responsibility to NCEO Co-I at NOC for delivery of research.
Regular reporting and liaison with Met Office staff will be required to ensure that new ecosystem
model and assimilation scheme developments are aligned with Met Office systems.
Collaboration with colleagues in other NERC institutes to help develop an integrated research
To attend national and international conferences for the purpose of disseminating research results.
To meet with the Met Office group on a regular basis. This is likely to involve 4 or more visits a year to
the Met Office in Exeter.
All staff are expected to:
Positively support equality of opportunity and equity of treatment to colleagues and students in
accordance with the NERC Equal Opportunities policy;
Help maintain a safe working environment by:
o Attending training in Health and Safety requirements as necessary, both on appointment
and as changes in duties and techniques demand;
o Following local codes of safe working practices
Ensure that their actions conform with the overall environmental aims of the Centre and minimise
their environmental impact
Undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be requested by your Manager.
comply with the NERC Core Expectations
This job description reflects the core activities of the post, as the Centre and the post-holder develops
there will inevitably be some changes in the emphasis to the duties of the post. NERC expects that the
post-holder will recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work and be willing to participate in
training where necessary. Should significant changes to the job description become necessary, the post-
holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job description.
How to be
Criteria Essential Desirable
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:
PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and
research experience in a relevant subject area.
Strong background in mathematics and statistics.
Detailed understanding and knowledge of data Application and
assimilation methods. interview
Practical experience of numerical models.
Experience with using 3-D circulation models and
analysis of their results.
Good programming skills, preferably including
knowledge of FORTRAN and/or C in a
Ability to handle large data sets.
Knowledge of marine ecosystems and
Planning and Organising:
Able to organise own research activities to interview
deadline and quality standards.
Problem Solving and Initiative:
Able to develop understanding of complex
problems and apply in-depth knowledge to Application and
address them. interview
Able to develop original techniques/methods
with minimal supervision.
Management and Teamwork:
Work effectively in a team, understanding the Application and
strengths and weaknesses of others to help interview
Communicating and Influencing:
Communicate new and complex information
effectively, both verbally and in writing, engaging
the interest and enthusiasm of the target
Able to present research results at group
meetings and conferences. Application and
Able to write up research results for publication
in leading peer-viewed journals.
Work proactively with colleagues in other work
areas/institutions, contributing specialist
knowledge to achieve outcomes.
Other Skills and Behaviours:
Understanding of relevant Health & Safety issues. Application and
Positive attitude to colleagues and students.
Able to attend national and international
conferences to present research results. Application and
Able to make regular visits to the Met Office in
Exeter, provisionally on a quarterly basis with
some flexibility according to the demands of the