Job Description and Person Specification

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Job Description and Person Specification
IRC58606
Job Description
Department / Division:
Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group (OBE), Directorate of
Science and Technology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
The post will be based at Southampton
Post Title:
Ocean Environmental Management Researcher
Grade:
NERC Band 6
Posts Responsible to (and
Level):
Posts Responsible for (and
Level):
Dr Henry Ruhl, Associate Head of Ocean Biogeochemistry and
Ecosystems (UoS ERE 5)
Dependent upon experience and external income generation
Job Purpose:

This post will address growing issues in the use of ocean resources and related understanding of
habitat function and marine biodiversity.
Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities (6-10 bullet points maximum)
% Time

25





Address research in one or more of the following areas: marine protected area
efficacy, ecosystem functioning, life history processes, ecosystem modeling, and
molecular ecology, and do so in support of understanding impacts from human
activities such as mining or hydrocarbon extraction.
Develop strategic research to address knowledge gaps for the management of the
oceans and its resources.
They will lead or support the generation external funding to help underpin this
research, and will seek to develop partnerships with industry and other
stakeholders.
Provide informed decision making to the UK Government (e.g. Marine Management
Organisation; UK Marine Science Strategy), the European Commission (e.g. European
Marine Strategy Framework Directive), United Nations organisations (e.g.
International Seabed Authority, Convention on Biological Diversity) and Regional
Seas Management Organisations (e.g. OSPAR and the North East Atlantic Fisheries
Commission).
Produce scientific publications and products addressing the oceans and their
management for academic, policy and public audiences.
Synthesise outputs from different oceanographic disciplines for whole ecosystem
management plans.
20
10
20
15
10
Internal & External Relationships: (nature & purpose of relationships)


The jobholder will work primarily in the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group of NOC.
The jobholder will interact with Co-investigators on the research grants as well as with other
members of the research team at NOC.
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Special Requirements:


A requirement to participate in or lead research cruises.
A requirement to work as a representative of UK to international bodies such as the International
Seabed Authority (ISA).

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 postholder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job description.
IRC58606
2
Person Specification
Criteria
Essential
Desirable
How to be assessed
Qualifications, Knowledge and
Experience:
PhD degree in Ecology, Marine Biology,
Biological or Biogeochemical Oceanography
or other relevant science.
Thorough knowledge of Deep ocean
ecology and ocean management research
themes such as ecosystem function or
marine protected area research.
A track record of publications in Ecology,
Marine
Biology,
Biological
or
Biogeochemical Oceanography research,
appropriate to career stage.
Track record of external income generation
in Ecology, Marine Biology, Biological or
Biogeochemical Oceanography research,
appropriate to career stage.
Relevant numerical, mathematical and IT
skills, appropriate to specialist discipline.
Evidence of funding by industry
international organisations.

CV
Interview

CV


CV

CV

and
CV/Interview
Planning and Organising:
Ability to plan and organise a world-class
piece of research to meet agreed
deadlines, at level appropriate to career
stage.

References/
Interview
Problem Solving and Initiative:
Ability to solve problems of the nature
found in undertaking a world-class
research programme.
Ability to adapt positively to change and
encourage others to overcome difficulties.

References/
Interview

Interview
Management and Teamwork:
The ability to show that you can make
significant contributions to teams and can
demonstrate an ability to work both as a
team member and in a leading role.
Ability to show an understanding of the
principles of effective project management
and when to apply these.
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

3
Interview
Interview
Experience in leading a research team or
laboratory

CV/Interview
Experience in leading expeditions at sea.

CV/Interview
Communicating and Influencing:
Ability to present complex scientific
material relevant to Ecology, Marine
Biology, Biological or Biogeochemical
Oceanography research in manuscripts and
seminars.
The ability to communicate effectively with
scientific peers and seniors from different
disciplines.

Seminar/CV

Seminar/
Interview

Interview
Other Skills and Behaviours:
Possess a clear vision for the future of their
research career programme and the ability
to design and execute this programme.
Advanced statistical analyses, knowledge
of sustainable ocean management themes.
CV/Interview

Special Requirements:
Able to go to sea and pass an ENG1
seagoing medical.

CV/Interview/
Medical exam
Experience of fieldwork on research ships.

CV/Interview
Evidence of
students.

CV/Interview
IRC58606
ability
to
supervise
PhD
4
Job Description and Person Specification
IRC58606
Job Description
Department / Division:
Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group (OBE), Directorate of
Science and Technology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
The post will be based at Southampton
Post Title:
Ocean Environmental Management Researcher
Grade:
NERC Band 5
Posts Responsible to (and
Level):
Dr Henry Ruhl, Associate Head of Ocean Biogeochemistry and
Ecosystems (UoS ERE 5)
Posts Responsible for (and
Level):
Dependent upon experience and external income generation
Job Purpose:

This post will address growing issues in the use of ocean resources and related understanding of
habitat function and marine biodiversity.
Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities (6-10 bullet points maximum)
% Time

25





Address research in one or more of the following areas: marine protected area
efficacy, ecosystem functioning, life history processes, ecosystem modeling, and
molecular ecology, and do so in support of understanding impacts from human
activities such as mining or hydrocarbon extraction.
Develop strategic research to address knowledge gaps for the management of the
oceans and its resources.
They will lead or support the generation external funding to help underpin this
research, and will seek to develop partnerships with industry and other
stakeholders.
Provide informed decision making to the UK Government (e.g. Marine Management
Organisation; UK Marine Science Strategy), the European Commission (e.g. European
Marine Strategy Framework Directive), United Nations organisations (e.g.
International Seabed Authority, Convention on Biological Diversity) and Regional
Seas Management Organisations (e.g. OSPAR and the North East Atlantic Fisheries
Commission).
Produce scientific publications and products addressing the oceans and their
management for academic, policy and public audiences.
Synthesise outputs from different oceanographic disciplines for whole ecosystem
management plans.
IRC58606
5
20
10
20
15
10
Internal & External Relationships: (nature & purpose of relationships)


The jobholder will work primarily in the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group of NOC.
The jobholder will interact with Co-investigators on the research grants as well as with other
members of the research team at NOC.
Special Requirements:


A requirement to participate in or lead research cruises.
A requirement to work as a representative of UK to international bodies such as the International
Seabed Authority (ISA).
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 postholder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job description.
IRC58606
6
Person Specification
Criteria
Essential
Desirable
How to be assessed
Qualifications, Knowledge and
Experience:
PhD degree in Ecology, Marine Biology,
Biological
or
Biogeochemical
Oceanography or other relevant science.
Thorough knowledge of Deep ocean
ecology and ocean management research
themes such as ecosystem function or
marine protected area research.

CV
Interview

A track record of publications in Ecology,
Marine
Biology,
Biological
or
Biogeochemical Oceanography research,
appropriate to career stage.

Track
record
of
external
income
generation in Ecology, Marine Biology,
Biological
or
Biogeochemical
Oceanography research, appropriate to
career stage.

CV
CV

Specific and influential contributions to
the furthering of science or research
projects or activities.

Relevant numerical, mathematical and IT
skills, appropriate to specialist discipline.

CV/Interview
CV

Evidence of funding by industry and
international organisations.
CV/Interview
Planning and Organising:
Ability to plan and organise a world-class
piece of research, at level appropriate to
career stage.
A detailed understanding of project
management
methods
and
their
application, e.g. you may have had a
significant role in delivering successful
projects.

References/
Interview

CV/Interview
Problem Solving and Initiative:
Ability to solve problems of the nature
found in undertaking and co-ordinating a
world-class research programme.

Ability to adapt positively to change and
encourage
others
to
overcome
difficulties.

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References/
Interview
7
Ability to resolve complex problems,
requiring the balancing of a number of
factors.
Management and Teamwork:
Evidence that you make significant
contributions
to
teams
and
can
demonstrate an ability to work both as a
team member and in a leading role.

References/
Interview
Interview

Be approachable and encourage other
peoples’ ideas – you may act as a mentor
to other staff or students.

You will have a clear understanding of
good financial management and be able
to manage project budgets.

Interview
CV/Interview

Experience in leading a research team or
laboratory.

Experience in leading expeditions at sea.
CV/Interview
CV/Interview
Communicating and Influencing:
Ability to present complex scientific
material relevant to Ecology, Marine
Biology, Biological or Biogeochemical
Oceanography research in manuscripts
and seminars.
The ability to communicate effectively
with scientific peers and seniors from
different disciplines.

Seminar/CV

Interview/
Seminar
Other Skills and Behaviours:
Possess a clear vision for the future of
their research programme and the ability
to design and execute this programme.

Advanced statistical analyses, knowledge
of
sustainable
ocean
management
themes.

Innovative ability – be able to provide
examples of ideas that have been
adopted and had significant impact.

Interview
Special Requirements:
Able to go to sea and pass an ENG1
seagoing medical.

CV/Interview/
Medical
research

Evidence of ability to supervise PhD
students.

Experience
ships.
of
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fieldwork
on
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CV/Interview
CV/Interview
Job Description and Person Specification
IRC58606
Job Description
Department / Division:
Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group (OBE), Directorate of
Science and Technology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
The posts will be based at Southampton
Post Title:
Ocean Environmental Management Researcher
Grade:
NERC Band 4
Posts Responsible to (and
Level):
Dr Henry Ruhl, Associate Head of Ocean Biogeochemistry and
Ecosystems (UoS ERE 5)
Posts Responsible for (and
Level):
Dependent upon experience and external income generation
Job Purpose:

This post will address growing issues in the use of ocean resources and related understanding of
habitat function and marine biodiversity.
Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities (6-10 bullet points maximum)
% Time

25





Address research in one or more of the following areas: marine protected area
efficacy, ecosystem functioning, life history processes, ecosystem modeling, and
molecular ecology, and do so in support of understanding impacts from human
activities such as mining or hydrocarbon extraction.
Develop strategic research to address knowledge gaps for the management of the
oceans and its resources.
They will lead or support the generation external funding to help underpin this
research, and will seek to develop partnerships with industry and other
stakeholders.
Provide informed decision making to the UK Government (e.g. Marine Management
Organisation; UK Marine Science Strategy), the European Commission (e.g. European
Marine Strategy Framework Directive), United Nations organisations (e.g.
International Seabed Authority, Convention on Biological Diversity) and Regional
Seas Management Organisations (e.g. OSPAR and the North East Atlantic Fisheries
Commission).
Produce scientific publications and products addressing the oceans and their
management for academic, policy and public audiences.
Synthesise outputs from different oceanographic disciplines for whole ecosystem
management plans.
20
10
20
15
10
Internal & External Relationships: (nature & purpose of relationships)


The jobholder will work primarily in the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group of NOC.
The jobholder will interact with Co-investigators on the research grants as well as with other
members of the research team at NOC.
IRC58606
9
Special Requirements:


A requirement to participate in or lead research cruises.
A requirement to work as a representative of UK to international bodies such as the International
Seabed Authority (ISA).

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 postholder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job description.
IRC58606
10
Person Specification
Criteria
Essential
Desirable
How to be
assessed
Qualifications, Knowledge and
Experience:
PhD degree in Ecology, Marine Biology,
Biological or Biogeochemical Oceanography
or other relevant science.
Evidence of taking a leading role in
advancing your areas of research, on a
national and international scale.
A substantial body of high impact refereed
publications in Ecology, Marine Biology,
Biological
or
Biogeochemical
Oceanography, many of which will be as a
lead author.
Track record of external income generation
in Ecology, Marine Biology, Biological or
Biogeochemical Oceanography research,
appropriate to career stage.
Innovative
thinker,
demonstrated
by
pushing forward the boundaries of science.
Relevant numerical, mathematical and IT
skills, appropriate to specialist discipline.
Evidence of funding by industry
international organisations.

CV
CV/Interview


CV

CV

CV/Interview
CV

and

CV/Interview
Planning and Organising:
Ability to plan and organise a world-class
piece of research, at level appropriate to
career stage.
A full understanding of appropriate project
management methodologies, e.g. will have
taken a leading role in the success of
several complex projects and/or facilities.

References/
Interview

CV/Interview
Problem Solving and Initiative:
Evidence of ability to make robust scientific
judgements
about
highly
complex
problems, identifying and resolving key
issues.
A demonstrated ability to effectively collate
and thoroughly evaluate data from a range
of sources.
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
11
References/
Interview
CV/
References/
Interview
Management and Teamwork:
Proven ability to lead teams, individuals or
laboratory delivering scientific advances or
high quality scientific support.
Ability to combine individual leadership
with effective team-working.
Interview


Interview

Experience in leading expeditions at sea.
CV/Interview
Communicating and Influencing:
Ability to present complex scientific
material relevant to Ecology, Marine
Biology, Biological or Biogeochemical
Oceanography research in manuscripts and
seminars.

Ability to communicate fluently and
persuasively in all media and selecting the
most effective method/channel/media for
the audience concerned.

The ability to influence, contribute to
other’s work, mentoring and encouraging
others to produce ideas.

Seminar/CV
Seminar/
Interview
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.

Advanced statistical analyses, knowledge
of sustainable ocean management themes.

Ability to provide high impact policy
advice, at the national/international level.

Well known and sought after for advice and
specialist knowledge by others in your
scientific community, both nationally and
internationally.
Interview
CV/Interview
CV/Interview

CV/Interview
Special Requirements:
Able to go to sea and pass an ENG1
seagoing medical.

CV/Interview/
Medical
Experience of fieldwork on research ships.

CV/Interview
Evidence of
students.

CV/Interview
IRC58606
ability
to
supervise
PhD
12
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