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Job Description

Department / Division:               Marine Geoscience Group, Directorate of Science and Technology,
                                     National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
                                     The post will be based at Southampton

Post Title:                          Post-Doctoral Research Assistant – Marine Geoscience

Grade:                               NERC Band 5-6

Posts Responsible to (and            Dr Peter Talling, Leader of Submarine Geohazards and Sedimentology
Level):                              team (NERC Band 4)

Posts Responsible for (and

Job Purpose: We seek a researcher with outstanding potential for a 4-year full-time PDRA position. The
successful candidate will develop their own research agenda (50% of their time), and assist in coordinating
a £2.3 Million NERC funded project on ‘Will climate change in the Arctic increase the landslide-tsunami
risk to the UK’ (50% of their time).

We seek to appoint a research leader whose interests include submarine geohazards, clastic
sedimentology, geomechanics, gas hydrates, or high latitude sedimentation and climatic change.

The candidate’s own research can benefit from the opportunities provided by this major research project,
which include 1) a 1-month research cruise in 2013/14 to core and map landslide deposits in the
Norwegian and Greenland Basins, 2) analysis of tsunami deposits around the NE Atlantic, 3) numerical
modelling of submarine slope stability, 4) laboratory analyses of how gas hydrates impact sediment
properties, 5) modelling of future trends in seismicity and their implications for landslide triggering, 6)
linked modelling of landslide motion, tsunami generation, propagation and inundation, 7) modelling of
wave interactions with existing UK coastal defence structures, and 8) quantification of the societal cost of
tsunami inundation. The candidate can be involved with supervision of two PhD studentships based at
NOC, and collaborative research with ten other UK institutions that are part of the project. These
institutions include the Geomechanics Research Group in the School of Engineering and Environment, who
are located on the neighbouring Highfield Campus of the University of Southampton.

The candidate should also have very good organisational skills. Their job will include co-ordination of
work block and project meetings, project milestones, dissemination of project results, and interactions
with stakeholders that include the re-insurance sector and those involved in UK flood defence planning.
This will provide the candidate with a wide breadth of knowledge, and an excellent range of research
contacts. The candidate will need good communication skills to interact with colleagues from a wide
range of scientific backgrounds.

The successful candidate will join a vigorous and dynamic research environment in the Submarine
Geohazards and Sedimentology team (
geohazards-sedimentology) and will form part of the wider geohazards and sedimentology research effort
across the National Oceanography Centre. Candidates will also be encouraged to interact with the wider
multi-disciplinary research community in the UK and beyond, including colleagues across the University of

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Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities (6-10 bullet points maximum)                % Time

   Development of an innovative research agenda within submarine geohazards, clastic
    sedimentology, geomechanics, gas hydrates, or high latitude sedimentation and
    climate change. Representative activities include:

   Organisation of annual project meetings, project advisory group meetings, work
    block level meetings, visits to stakeholders, ensuring that milestones and key
    deliverables are met on time, outreach and media activities, collating the final
    report, archiving data and outputs, and weekly updates of the project web site.       40
   Dissemination of project results and engagement of stakeholders. Interactions with
    NERC Arctic Research Program officers.                                                10
   Collection, analysis and interpretation of data.                                      30
   Writing peer-reviewed journals and presentation of key results at conferences         20

Internal & External Relationships: (nature & purpose of relationships)

Internally: Scientific collaboration with other NOC and University of Southampton scientists, interactions
with technical staff on research vessels and in the laboratory.

Externally: Scientific collaboration with the national and international geoscience community and

Special Requirements:

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.

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Person Specification

                                                                              How to be
Criteria                                              Essential   Desirable
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience:

PhD or equivalent        experience    in   Marine                                 CV

Thorough knowledge of specialist discipline.                                    Interview

Track record of publications in relevant research
area, appropriate to career stage.                                                 CV

Track record of external income generation in
Marine Geoscience research, appropriate to                                         CV
career stage.

For higher level Band 5 – specific and influential
contributions to the furthering of science or                                 CV/Interview
research projects or activities.

Relevant numerical, mathematical and IT skills,
relevant to specialist discipline.                                                 CV

Planning and Organising:

Ability to plan and organise a world-class piece of         
research, at level appropriate to career stage.

An understanding of project management                                         References/
methods and their applications, e.g. you may                                    Interview
have had a significant role in delivering                   
successful multi-partner projects, or you may
play a significant role within costly, complex or
novel facility.

Problem Solving and Initiative:

Ability to solve problems of the nature found in                               References/
undertaking and co-ordinating a world-class                                    Interview
research programme.

Ability to adapt positively to change          and
encourage others to overcome difficulties.                                      Interview

For higher level Band 5 – the ability to resolve
complex problems, requiring the balancing of a              
number of factors.                                                               Interview

Management and Teamwork:

The ability to show that you make significant
contributions to teams and can demonstrate an                                   Interview
ability to work both as a team member and in a
leading role.

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The ability to show an understanding of the                 CV/Interview
principles of effective project management and          
when to apply these.

For higher level Band 5 – you will have a clear
understanding of good financial management                 CV/Interview
and be able to manage project budgets.

For higher level Band 5 - be approachable and
encourage other peoples’ ideas – you may act as             Interview
a mentor to other staff or students.

Communicating and Influencing:

Ability to present complex scientific material              Seminar, CV
relevant to Marine Geoscience research in               
manuscripts and seminars.

The ability to communicate effectively with
scientific peers and seniors from different                 Seminar/
disciplines.                                                 Interview

Other Skills and Behaviours:

Possess a clear vision for the future of their
research programme and the ability to design            
and execute this programme.
For higher level Band 5 – innovative ability – be
able to provide examples of ideas that have been        
adopted and had significant impact.

Special Requirements:

Able to go to sea and pass an ENG1 seagoing                CV/interview
medical.                                                      Medical

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