Marine (Active Source) Seismology Researcher

National Oceanography Centre

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Contract Type
Full Time Permanent


Closing Date
10 November 2022


More info

Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) – the UK’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

The candidate will join the Marine Geosystems Subgroup, a dynamic team of research geoscientists that includes expertise across marine geohazards, seafloor resource characterisation, subsurface and seafloor fluid flow, rock physics, and sedimentology, and is part of the wider Ocean BioGeosciences Research Group. We are looking to expand our marine geophysics capacity, to advance and take advantage of new technologies and techniques, including autonomy and underwater seismo-acoustics for sustained ocean observations. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop their own research and to contribute to a host of funded fundamental and applied science projects with international collaborators that investigate topics such as gas storage (H2 and CO2), seafloor fluid flow and climate change feedbacks, monitoring geohazards and explosive volcanism, assessing human impacts in the ocean, and characterisation of seafloor resources.

Active source seismology allows field-scale assessment of subsurface resources (e.g. gas hydrates, characterisation of seafloor massive sulphide deposits), seafloor and subsurface processes related to CO2 and H2 storage, and characterisation of subsurface physical & mechanical properties, complementing Rock Physics research. Similarly, active source seismo-acoustics are used to identify and/or locate objects or organisms within the water and to infer changes in the natural environment e.g. in the rapidly changing Arctic Ocean.  This individual will contribute to the delivery of a number of existing research projects and will bring multi-channel processing and interpretation skill sets to explore new research areas and opportunities.

The role will include:

  • Contributing to and leading research in the area of active source seismology.
  • Contributing to and leading research proposals.
  • Collaborating with other marine geoscientists and the wider scientific and engineering community across NOC to contribute to our wider scientific mission.
  • Supervision of MSc and PhD students.
  • Presentation of research results at project meetings and international conferences and publish results in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Opportunities to undertake science at sea on the UK’s research vessels and to contribute to other international research projects offshore.

About you

We are looking for a Marine Seismology Researcher (specifically in the field of active source seismo-acoustics) that can contribute their expertise to ongoing NOC research and to develop new research areas related to the following:

  • Expertise in multi-channel signal processing and interpretation (including experience with seismic processing software (e.g. Seismic Unix, Promax, Omega, Claritas etc…) and seismic interpretation software (e.g. Petrel, Kingdom, OpendTect etc…).
  • Quantitative analysis of / inversion to predict petrophysical properties.
  • Characterisation of (sub) seafloor structure and active processes to complement existing rock physics and geohazard expertise.

The candidate should have a PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Marine Geophysics, Seismology, Physics, Acoustics) and a track record and future vision for research that is aligned with key research areas of the Marine Geosystems team. The candidate should have familiarity with the Linux environment and it is desirable to have experience in shell scripting and coding (e.g. Matlab, Python).

Our commitment as an employer

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.


Posted on 17th October 2022 in Underwater Acoustics, Job Opportunities in Acoustics