Software Engineer – Full Stack

Southampton, Hampshire
£28,200 per annum
25 May 2017
25 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About the role:

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Software Engineer to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. You will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are designing and operating the NERC fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and are developing new concepts in marine autonomous systems (MAS). 

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for three years offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This role will involve periods of travel both within the UK and internationally and occasional working at sea as required.

Please note that we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

Hours of Work:  

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

You will have a Degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent relevant experience in software development. This role will involve the whole cycle of software development (design, development, testing, validation and deployment) for a large Web system. You will have knowledge of the full stack of tools necessary to develop this kind of system, from the web based frontend (such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS) to the backend infrastructure (including Python, Java) as well as databases and Linux Systems. You will to be part of a team developing a cutting edge next generation command and control system around autonomous platforms. You will show a commitment to producing quality solutions, ensuring a high degree of accuracy and close attention to detail and a disciplined approach to analysing and resolving problems. You will be self-motivated, pro-active, flexible and innovative with the ability to work within a team and able to communicate complex engineering concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

What we can offer you:

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. 

About us:

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. 

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (

The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at National Oceanography Centre develops, operates and maintains the UK’s marine science robotic fleet. The fleet is housed in a new state of the art facility which is ranked as one of the best in Europe.  The fleet consists of large propeller driven AUVs, subsea gliders, unmanned surface vehicles, and ROVs.   This fleet, amongst the largest of its kind, is used by the UK science community and wider stakeholders to address global marine science questions. It operates worldwide from the coast to the deep oceans, and the vehicles have been deployed beneath glacial ice tongues in Antarctica, under sea ice in the Arctic, and have operated in every ocean in between.  

The MARS group is working on UK and EU-funded projects with other partners in the UK and Europe, both research institutes and commercial companies.

Informal enquiries relating to the post should be directed to Dr Alex Phillips ( or 02380 591855). 

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.
The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply: 

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website. To apply for this position, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role) via the Apply button. If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000. 

Closing date: 25th June 2017

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