Lecturer/Associate Professor in Computational Environmental Science and Data Analytics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£39,739 to £65,107 - per annum
22 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Ocean and Earth Science

Location:  National Oceanography Centre Southampton
Salary:   £39,739 to £65,107 - per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 31 January 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1648921HN

Join us and be part of the future of Ocean and Earth science.

We are seeking to make a Faculty appointment in the area of Ocean and Earth as part of a series of 4 new appointments to further enhance our research-led education and extend the international reach of our research and enterprise activities. This will be the first part of a series planned appointments over the next five years. You will have an exciting opportunity to influence the Ocean and Earth sciences agenda within a world leading school at the University of Southampton.  Our School takes pride in research that spans marine biology and ecology, physical oceanography, palaeoceanography and paleoclimate, marine biogeochemistry, geology and geophysics and geochemistry. We lead the prestigious NERC INSPIRE Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) and are home to one of the largest graduate schools in Ocean and Earth Science in the world, with >150 PhD students. We are integral to both the interdisciplinary Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and Institute for Life Sciences. We are home to the only Regius Chair in Ocean Sciences in the country. Based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton site we have a range of unique and world class facilities. We collaborate broadly both nationally and internationally, including our close collaborative relationships with the independent National Oceanography Centre.

We seek applications from individuals using innovative computational approaches to pursue outstanding research questions at the interfaces among earth, ocean, climate and life sciences. You will have a growing international profile that adds a new dimension to the thriving research programs across our interdisciplinary School of Ocean and Earth Science (SOES). Based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, home to the Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems fleet, and with strong links to the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute, GeoData institute, and world-class supercomputer facilities across the University, SOES is ideally located to support innovative research agendas in this field.

You will take a data and/or computer science approach to exploit the opportunities presented by vast data sets. For example datasets generated by increased deployment of autonomous systems featuring high-resolution sensor and imaging capability, or large equipment arrays. You might leverage those data to answer outstanding research questions spanning geospatial, climatic, geohazards, biological tracking or oceanographic fields. Your specialisms in data analytics might include the analysis of big data through Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, uncertainty quantification, and/or data assimilation and integration. 

You will demonstrate a passion for education and an ability to enhance our undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum in Ocean and Earth science.

Strong applicants should demonstrate:

  • A doctorate and postdoctoral experience in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to obtain peer-reviewed funding
  • Evidence of distinction in research through high-quality publications
  • Ability for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching

These posts are offered on a full-time, permanent basis.

We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role, and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities.

Interviews will take place in person or online in February 2022. In the event that interviews are online, applicants who are made an offer will be invited to campus for further discussion. 

What we can offer you  

We are an ambitious, mutually supportive academic community and passionate about creating an environment where everyone can achieve their full potential in education, research and enterprise. As such, we hold both a departmental Athena SWAN bronze award. We value diversity and equality and recognise that employees may wish to have working patterns that fit with their caring responsibilities or work-life balance. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have had career breaks for reasons including maternity, paternity or adoption leave, disability or illness. We offer a generous holiday allowance and additional University closure days, subsidised health and fitness facilities and access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). 

For further details about the post you are invited to contact the Head of School, Professor Mark Moore 44 (0) 2380599006

This vacancy is for Lecturer / Associate Professor, please see the job descriptions showing the different levels of responsibilities and state in your application which Level you wish to be considered for.  

Application procedure: Please include details for up to three referees, your full CV, your publication list and a 500-word research plan.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1513821BJ on all correspondence.