Electronic Engineer

Southampton, Hampshire
£28,200 to £31,300 per annum.
11 Jul 2017
09 Aug 2017
Systems Design
Contract Type
Full Time

Electronic Engineer

Ocean Technology and Engineering Group, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role :

We seek a talented electronic engineer to help drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future microfluidic sensor technologies and other oceanographic sensing and sampling equipment. Working as a member of the Electronics and Software Team, you will be part of an existing wider team of forty research staff, engineering staff and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

Your role will be the design, implementation and test of electronic hardware and development of embedded firmware for the sensors. This will include documentation of designs, procuring commercial manufacturing services and interaction with our customers to determine requirements. You will be used to working in a team and presenting design ideas for review orally and in writing. Your work will encompass the complete design and development cycle from rudimentary concept through prototyping, detail design, production of simulations, schematics, PCB designs and parts lists, testing and on to deployable systems that you may have opportunity to support as part of a commissioning team.

You will work closely with OTEG’s Mechanical, Multidisciplinary and Analytical Science teams and you will be expected to share your experience with, and offer support to these teams to maintain a fully integrated development group. Similarly, you will take full advantage of the wider expertise in the group to enhance your own work through a broader understanding and appreciation of OTEG’s wider remit.

About you:

We seek applicants who can demonstrate a track record of innovative, elegant design solutions for a range of applications using the latest research and computer aided design and analysis. A good knowledge of hardware design is essential. Experience of analogue and digital circuit design, especially in the area of analogue to digital conversion desirable. Practical experience, design, testing, measuring and debugging complex circuits is required. A good knowledge of embedded firmware programing in C for microcontrollers and VHDL for FPGA targets would be an advantage. A Degree in Electronic Engineering or closely related discipline or equivalent research experience in an academic or industrial setting is essential as is competence in the use of an electronics CAD package (e.g.  Cadence Orcad).

You will have a broad spectrum of skills and have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex problems and to quickly master new techniques. 

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 10.5 Public/privilege days and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported. The role will include periods of travel both within the UK and internationally. It is our policy to protect inventions and intellectual property wherever possible. We also run a “rewards for innovators” scheme to encourage and reward invention and delivery of socioeconomic impact.

This post is offered on NERC terms and conditions and is available for 3 years.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 to £31,300 per annum.

Hours of Work: 

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

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 (http://noc.ac.uk/). 

The National Oceanography Centre is an Athena Swann member and working towards accreditation for both Athena Swann and Investors in People.

You will work within the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) which has a mission to develop new and innovative technologies in support of marine and environmental science. The group consists of a motivated and vibrant multidisciplinary team of staff and students including mechanical, electronic and system engineers as well as chemists, biologists and analytical specialists. We have an international reputation for sensor development and microfluidics and have a strategic research partnership with the University of Southampton. We are the first group to routinely deploy microfluidic technology in support of environmental science. We are actively commercialising our technologies.

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 recognises 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.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Chris Cardwell (chris.cardwell@noc.ac.uk)

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS); for further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc241598_7273.aspx quoting reference number IRC241598 and ensure you attached a CV and Covering Letter.  If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date: 9th August 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interview will take place on 15th, 16th and 17th August 2017.