Director, International CLIVAR Project Office Print E-mail

Director, International CLIVAR Project Office

£47,630 to £60,420 per annum

International CLIVAR Office, National Marine Facilities Division, 

National Oceanography Centre

The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) invite applications for the position of Director of the International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO), located at NOC. NOC is currently a collaborative centre between the Natural Environment Research Council and the University of Southampton.

The Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) project is one of four core projects of the WCRP. CLIVAR coordinates and facilitates national and international activities that contribute to our understanding and prediction of climate variability and change on seasonal, decadal and centennial timescales. The Director of the Project Office takes a leading role in the development and implementation of CLIVAR under the general guidance of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group.

The successful applicant will provide science and administrative leadership of the ICPO and of the CLIVAR programme. Your role will be to oversee and manage the implementation of the plans and activities of each of the project elements of CLIVAR in support of the overall mission and strategy of WCRP. You will maintain active links between CLIVAR and the wider science community stimulating and organizing scientific meetings, workshops and conferences and ensuring the timely flow of information on CLIVAR. You will be responsible for the management of the Project Office staff budget and operations and for maintaining and developing its funding base.

You will have a Ph.D or equivalent in a relevant field and considerable experience of working in climate-science. A proven ability in science management including winning external funding is essential and you should have demonstrated the ability to conceive, organize and manage interdisciplinary and international science activities and initiate and sustain international cooperation.

This post is currently funded by Natural Environment Research Council to 31st March 2013 and the salary is in the range of £47,630 to £60,420 per annum. Benefits include RCUK pension scheme and up 30 days leave and 10• public/privilege days. The role will include periods of travel both within the UK and internationally.

Enquiries regarding CLIVAR and its international role should be made to Dr Howard Cattle on +44 (0)23 8059 6208; email

For further information on this position and to download an application pack, please visit or alternatively contact Lorraine Taylor, Human Resources, NOC, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH (Telephone +44 (0)23 8059 6604 or e-mail: for an application pack.

The closing date for completed applications is 18 April 2010 (updated 30 March 2010). 

Please quote reference number NOCS 119/10 on all correspondence.

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