Vacancy: Senior Research Associate in Ocean Biogeochemistry

Senior Research Associate in Ocean Biogeochemistry (Ref: RA1564) University of East Anglia: Faculty of Science – School of Environmental Sciences  – closing date 8 January 2018 (£33,199 – £39,609 per annum, pro rata)

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate (SRA) to undertake research on the ocean carbon sink and downward carbon transport in sub-polar waters of the Southern Ocean. The SRA will work with Dorothee Bakker on the consortium project CUSTARD (Carbon Uptake and Seasonal Traits of Antarctic Remineralisation Depth,, 2018-2022). CUSTARD is part of the National Environment Research Council (NERC) RoSES (Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System, research programme.

The Southern Ocean south of 35°S takes up about 40% of the carbon dioxide (CO2 ) emitted by human activity. Much of this uptake occurs north of the Polar Front, in the upper limb of the Southern Ocean overturning circulation. The CUSTARD project aims to quantify the impact of nutrient and iron availability on phytoplankton carbon uptake in these sub-polar waters and the transport of carbon to depth away from atmospheric contact on climatically important timescales, using a combination of numerical and observational (shipboard and autonomous) techniques.

The SRA will participate in the planning and delivery of carbonate system measurements for the full water column on the CUSTARD research cruise (November 2019 to January 2020) and the CUSTARD mooring recovery cruise (January 2020). The SRA will combine these observations with year-round sensor data from the mooring and autonomous robotic gliders and will assist with calibration of sensors on the mooring. The SRA will quantify seasonal CO2 air-sea fluxes and the contribution of the solubility, carbonate and soft tissue carbon pumps to seasonal carbon dynamics and downward carbon transport. The SRA will publish the scientific results in international peer reviewed journals.

The research will be based within the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at UEA. It will be carried out in collaboration with CUSTARD scientists and project partners, and where appropriate with other RoSES scientists. The SRA will be expected to participate in the CUSTARD research cruise and the mooring recovery cruise in the remote Southern Ocean, subject to a medical and sea survival training.

You will have a minimum of a PhD in biogeochemical oceanography, environmental, chemistry, chemistry (or equivalent independent research experience) and a scientific publication record showing evidence of international quality. The SRA should have excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience of presenting results at conferences and be able to fulfil all essential elements of the person specification.

This post is available from 1 April 2019 on a full time or part-time 0.8FTE basis for a fixed term period of 2 years (or longer for part-time).

Closing date:  8 January 2019. To apply for this vacancy, please follow the online instructions at:

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Modeller – Marine Biogeochemistry @NOCnews for #Roses_CUSTARD

Full-time, fixed term (5 years)

Closing date: 27 May 2018

We are seeking a talented, strongly numerate scientist to deliver high-impact science as part of a world-leading team focused on the role of marine life in the global carbon cycle. The nature of the work is multi-disciplinary and so we encourage applications not just from marine biogeochemical modellers but also from those in other areas of science who are numerically adept and looking to move into an exciting and important area of environmental research.

The role is based within the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (OBE) team at NOC, one of the world’s leading marine biogeochemistry groups. In particular, OBE has made major contributions to our understanding of the ocean’s Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), the process by which marine life can sequester CO2 away from the atmosphere.

This post will be part of the multi-disciplinary and multi-centre teams for three projects. Its important role in all three is to translate new perspectives on key processes arising from cutting-edge observations into model representations, in order to understand and to explore the global and future consequences. For example, the post will use new observations from the Southern Ocean to explore how nutrient limitation may control how much CO2 is trapped in the global ocean and for how long. To do so the post will make use of a novel means of running global biogeochemical models both faster and more flexibly than conventional approaches.

The role also involves interaction with the UK Earth System Model group: the NEMO physical circulation and MEDUS Biogeochemical model, which will form part of the UK Earth System Model used for future IPCC runs, may be used in this role.

The three large multi-disciplinary projects to which this post will contribute are all led by OBE and are focused on the BCP.

COMICS – ( is investigating the influence of temperature, oxygen and community structure on the BCP.

GOCART – ( is using gliders to examine daily to seasonal variability in the BCP and its consequences.

CUSTARD – ( is part of the NERC Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System (RoSES) programme and examines how seasonal changes in surface biogeochemistry and plankton community in the remote Southern Ocean influences the BCP and nutrient cycles globally.

How to apply: All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at reference number IRC245141. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793867003.

For more information about the role and the requirements, see the web link.

Closed: Research associate position @uniofeastanglia for #Roses_SONATA

Part-time Senior Research Associate (0.5 FTE) at the University of East Anglia

Closing date 19 March 2018

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to provide programming support for the use and development of numerical models of the ocean carbon cycle, under the supervision of Professor Corinne Le Quéré, funded through the NERC RoSES programme and the European Commission VERIFY project. Most of the work will focus on the Southern Ocean, where strong and increasing winds are affecting the capacity of the ocean to take up CO2. Additional work will contribute to the annual update of the Global Carbon Budget. The successful candidate will have a PhD or MSc in computer or environmental sciences, mathematics or equivalent, with experiences in the development, use, and maintenance of numerical models. The FTE is negotiable within the funds limits. For more information see web link or contact


Closed: 5 year modelling post focussed on the biological carbon pump – @NOCnews for #RoSES_CUSTARD

Marine Biogeochemistry – Transport Matrix Modeller

Deadline 18th March 2018

See for more detail:

Closed: 23 funded PhD projects linked to #RoSES_CUSTARD at NOC

Funded PhD projects in Ocean Biogeochemistry & Ecology at the National Oceanography Centre

Up to 23 funded PhD studentships are available to study ocean biogeochemistry and ecology at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.

The Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems group at NOC is globally renowned as a leading centre of excellence in marine science. In the group, biologists, ecologists, numerical modellers, remote sensing specialists and bio geochemists work together to address the most significant problems in biogeochemical and ecological oceanography.
For further information on projects, please see webpages below or contact supervisors directly.

For details on how to apply, please see the relevant page for funding (noted against each project):
All students will be registered at the University of Southampton (UoS).

For projects see:

*** The closing dates for applications are 5th (SPITFIRE) and 26th (NEXUSS) January 2018 ***

Closed: PhD studentship @ueaenv for #RoSES_PICCOLO – 8th Jan 2018

The role of sea ice in the Southern Ocean carbon sink using novel biogeochemical sensors.

Project supervisor: Dorothee Bakker.

Secondary supervisors:
1. Dr Martin Johnson (UEA)
2. Dr Bastien Queste (UEA)
3. Dr Hugh Venables (British Antarctic Survey)
4. Dr Mario Hoppema (Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research)
5. Dr Giorgio Dall’Olmo (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

Start date of project: While a start date of 1 July 2018 is preferable, a start date of 1 October would be possible(or any date between these 2 dates).

See for more info and to apply

Deadline 8th January 2018

Project Description

Sea ice plays an important role in Southern Ocean carbon dynamics (Bakker et al., 2008). For example, sea ice reduces CO2 (carbon dioxide) outgassing in winter, as studied at the Rothera Antarctic Timeseries (RaTS) on the West Antarctic Peninsula (Legge et al., 2015). The PICCOLO research project (2017-2022) will investigate processes influencing ocean carbon uptake in the seasonally ice-covered Weddell Gyre, a cyclonic gyre in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean. It will combine a ship-based process cruise with biogeochemical sensors on gliders, floats, seals and Autosub. The sensor data will provide year-round information on the changes to watermass carbon as water upwells, is modified in the upper ocean and sinks to form Antarctic Bottom Water.

This PhD research project has these objectives:
• To quantify ocean CO2 uptake during the pre-conditioning and formation of Antarctic Bottom Water
• To determine seasonal and year-to-year variation in the CO2 sink and their drivers in seasonally ice covered waters

You will deploy biogeochemical floats and take samples in the Weddell Gyre on the ice breaker R.V. Polarstern (December 2018 – February 2019), ahead of the main PICCOLO cruise, subject to a successful medical and sea survival training. You will carry out and interpret carbonate chemistry analyses on Polarstern and RaTS samples. You will evaluate biogeochemical sensor measurements against shipboard measurements (e.g. Dall’Olmo et al., 2016). You will quantify the processes affecting ocean carbon uptake in the Weddell Gyre and at RaTS (Legge et al., 2017).

This project of global significance includes training in seagoing research, use of novel sensors, chemical analyses and scientific data interpretation. You will collaborate with dynamic research teams at University of East Anglia, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the British Antarctic Survey and the Alfred Wegener Institute. You will present your findings at (inter-)national scientific conferences, in peer-reviewed scientific publications and a PhD thesis.

We seek an enthusiastic, pro-active team player with strong scientific interests and self-motivation. You will have at least a 2.1 honours degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computing, or a branch of environmental science.

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the EnvEast NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, comprising the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent, with over twenty other research partners. Undertaking a PhD with the EnvEast DTP will involve attendance at mandatory training events throughout the course of the PhD.

Closed: PhD position @ueaenv #RoSES_PICCOLO – 16th Jan 2018

Observing the Antarctic Slope Undercurrent using ocean gliders.

Physical processes on the continental shelf and slope around Antarctica are crucially important for determining future sea level rise, for setting the properties and volume of dense bottom water exported globally, and for regulating the carbon cycle. Yet our ability to model and predict these processes over future decades is still rudimentary. This lack of understanding originates from a paucity of observations in this inaccessible region. This PhD is part of the ERC-funded COMPASS project, in which we will use new technology – autonomous underwater vehicles called gliders – to observe and understand processes on the Antarctic shelf and slope.

The boundary between shelf waters and those offshore is marked by the Antarctic Slope Front, associated with a westward surface current. Beneath this, an eastward undercurrent, located on the continental slope, has been revealed by the limited observations in this region. The dynamics of the undercurrent are hypothesised though not yet demonstrated. It is believed to be almost circumpolar, and may play an important role in bringing warm water onto the continental shelf.

For more information and to apply, please go to

Closed: PhD position #2 – University of Exeter – 7th Jan 2018 #RoSES_PICCOLO

From Marine Aerosol Emissions to Global Climate Change.

About the award:
This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the NERC Great Western Four+ Doctoral Training Partnership (GW4+ DTP). The GW4+ DTP consists of the Great Western Four alliance of the University of Bath, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and the University of Exeter plus six Research Organisation partners: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Met Office, the Natural History Museum and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The partnership aims to provide a broad training in earth and environmental sciences, designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental science. For further details about the programme please see

Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter


For more information and to apply – please see here.

Deadline 7th January 2018