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About Nekton

A UK-registered charity based in Oxford, Nekton completed its first major expedition into the deep ocean around Bermuda and West Atlantic in 2016, using the latest submersibles and deep sea technology to carry out a health check on the ocean. Our Missions provide the scientific data and media content to amplify ocean prioritisation, accelerate ocean literacy and inform and catalyse sustainable marine governance. Through our expeditions, technology development, ground-breaking research, published discoveries, broadcast films and high-profile communications and events, we aim to help catalyse ocean science and conservation.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Tropical Marine Invertebrate Taxonomy

University of Oxford: Grade 7: Salary in the range £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

The Department of Zoology is looking to appoint a tropical marine invertebrate taxonomist to conduct research to support the study into the patterns of biodiversity in the Indian Ocean. This role will involve going to sea for 6-7 weeks in March and April 2019, then identifying specimens and video collecting from the expedition. The results of this research will be integrated into the larger research programme of the group. The researcher will have the opportunity to explore the biogeography of their chosen taxa and other associated questions they propose.

FULL DETAILS - application closes 7 December 2018 at 12:00.

OCTOPUS - The Ocean Data Portal

OCTOPUS dynamically harvests and harmonises open-access marine data to provide a holistic and dynamic view of the changing state of the ocean, its biodiversity and human impacts. OCTOPUS enables scientists, policy makers and the general public to have open-access to a wide variety of 
current and high quality marine data to inform and catalyse marine research and ocean governance.

We are now recruiting for 2 positions to join the Nekton Research Group at the University of Oxford to support the development of Octopus:

1. Geospatial Software Developer

University of Oxford: Grade 7: Salary in the range £32,236 - £35,211 p.a.

A Geospatial Software Developer is required to lead the further development of OCTOPUS (Ocean Tool for Public Understanding and Science) aimed at collating spatial data related to marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and the changing state of the global oceans. A background in Geoinformatics, Geography, or Data Sciences is essential and skills required include: programming in Python with experience in geospatial data processing (e.g. GDAL, NetCDF) and web-development (e.g. Flask, Django); experience building geospatial web-applications with common JavaScript libraries (e.g. JQuery, OpenLayers, Leaflet), HTML and CSS; experience with relational database management systems and spatial databases preferably with PostgreSQL/PostGIS; and experience with distribution of geospatial data and metadata through the web (e.g. Geoserver, Thredds, CSW, OGC Webservices). Use of Linux operating systems will also be required.

FULL DETAILS - application closes 19 November 2018 at 12:00.

2. Ocean Risk Researcher

University of Oxford: Grade 7: Salary in the range £32,236 - £35,211 p.a.

The role is to conduct research to study the mitigation of natural hazards by coastal ecosystems (e.g. Mangroves, Seagrass and Coral Reefs) and to assess the risk posed by human activities on this and other ecosystem services provided by the ocean. This will involve sourcing, processing, integrating and analysing large amounts of spatial and non-spatial data. The results of this research will be integrated into an existing interactive database, and web-tool on spatial data related to the changing state of the global oceans, the Ocean Tool for Public Understanding and Science (OCTOPUS). The researcher will also propose and undertake further research studies relevant to the scope of the broader OCTOPUS project, working with the project team.

FULL DETAILS - application closes 19 November 2018 at 12:00.