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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Postdoctoral opportunities

We offer exceptional opportunities to work on a range of scientifically interesting and socially valuable projects in Ocean and Earth Science, in a top-class environment alongside experts in their field.

Socratis Loucaides
Socratis Loucaides

Postdoctoral work is a major career move, offering a period of focus and stability, which can lead on to lectureships and to significant positions away from academia.

We generally have around 25 postdoctoral researchers working with us at any one time, many of who undertake oceanographic research cruises and geological fieldwork in various parts of the globe.

Much of our research work is based within the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, but some activities are located within other departments, centres and institutes across the University and within other external organisations, which reflects the highly collaborative nature of our research.

We welcome enquiries from potential postdoctoral researchers who wish to write an independent research fellowship proposal to come and work with us. Funding is available to facilitate the proposal writing process. Potential funding options for independent postdoctoral fellowships include: Natural Environment Research Council, The Royal Society, European Union (Marie Curie) and The Leverhulme Trust. The Geological Society of London may publicise fellowships from a range of agencies. 

Kirsteen Mackenzie - NECRON
Kirsteen Mackenzie - NECRON


NOCS Early Career Researchers' Open Network (NECRON) is an informal group set up by volunteer post-doctoral researchers. This group was established to bring together the disparate early career researchers within the NOCS building, combining Ocean and Earth Science and NOC, creating an environment where they can obtain information and support during the early stages of a research career. This group is currently in development, but will have regular bi-weekly coffee meetings, provide a forum for information exchange between peers, and invite speakers to talk about relevant aspects of career development.


The opportunity to conduct scientific work in the Arctic Ocean and visit Svalbard was one of the personal highlights of my postdoc position. My supervisors gave me all freedom and support to approach my project creatively and innovatively.

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