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Project Manager

  • Post Date:13th September 2018
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Job Description

About Us

The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.


In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are supported. For more information visit Working at NOC.

About the role

The Programme Management group within NMF is responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of a programme of scientific research cruises, as well as technical and engineering activities such as vessel refits and sea trials of equipment or instrumentation.

Our Project Managers work closely with the scientific community and NMF engineering teams to ensure successful delivery of scientific and technical objectives. Most frequently, we support research projects on board the NERC fleet of global class research ships (RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery), as well as ice class vessels operated by the British Antarctic Survey (RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Sir David Attenborough).

We work alongside senior scientists from a diverse range of disciplines, including Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanographers, Geophysicists, Atmospheric Chemists and more. In the planning stages of sea going research projects, Project Managers oversee the formulation of their cruise plans, using a range of equipment from the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP), as well as practical expertise from of over 70 specialist engineers and technicians.

Research cruises start and end in ports around the world, with busy and challenging mobilisation and demobilisation operations before and after sailing. Project Managers are responsible for managing these operations, often attending to provide technical and administrative support to NMF technicians and engineers.

About you

Given the diverse nature of the role, we welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds. You could come from a scientific, engineering or project management specialty. Ideally, you will have experience of applied marine science or exploration and of technical project management.

You should have a relevant degree level (or equivalent) qualification or substantial experience in a related industry.

You must be able to work effectively within and often lead multi-disciplinary teams, have excellent communication skills at all levels and the ability to exercise effective self-reliance and judgement when operating remotely from base.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the Apply button.

The closing date for applications is 21st October 2018.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire