We are looking for a new Deputy Curator

Deputy Curator


National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)

£36,860 per annum


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 Deputy Curator will join an enthusiastic multi-skilled technical team responsible for providing a unique scientific facility for UK environmental scientists.

You will have a range of responsibilities including the specialist analysis of sediment cores, liaising with scientific facility users and leading the facility’s outreach and educational activities. There will also be the opportunity to participate in in-house research leading to peer-reviewed technical publications.

The successful candidate will also research new methodologies for analysing sediment cores and take a leading role coordinating sample management and curation tasks.

About you

The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a geological / environmental sciences laboratory with the ability to quality control data and manipulate large datasets. Experience of working with multi sensor core logger and / or XRF scanners would be advantageous as would some knowledge of marine sediments.

You will be skilled in designing and delivering teaching and outreach activities to a wide range of audiences. We’re looking for someone with excellent customer service skills who is comfortable dealing with researchers and students.


Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.


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.


How to apply: 

Please click on this link, then click on "Apply for this job" and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at careers@noc.ac.uk

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the job description and assessment criteria (you can find these documents on this page).

Date advert posted: 29 September 2022

Closing date:  27 October 2022. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants. 

We are not currently accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.


Assessing applications

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a ‘Candidate Assessment’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the strongest candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have been selected for interview we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for interview we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant.