Senior Robotic Systems Electronics Engineer

31 May 2017
23 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Robotic Systems Electronics Engineer
Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS), National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC)

About the role:
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Senior Robotic Systems Electronics 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 5 position and the salary range will be £35,222 to £42,909 per annum.

This role will require periods of travel both within the UK and internationally and working at sea as required.

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 Electronic Engineering with significant post-graduate development experience, including a high level of proficiency in electronic design for robotic systems and experience of working with microcontrollers, development boards and embedded systems and the development and implementation of test procedures. A proven track record in project management is essential. This role will provide leadership in electronic design within MARS and will involve significant interfacing with software and mechanical systems, therefore an excellent grasp of systems engineering and the ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams are essential. This role will focus on vehicle development, as well as providing operational support of the marine autonomous systems fleet.  You will be self-motivated, pro-active, flexible and innovative with a proven track record of actively engaging with key stakeholders and generating new ideas at a high level.

What we can offer you:
In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including an 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 via the Apply button. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date: 23rd June 2017

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