Opportunities in Marine Robotics at the National Oceanography Centre

Southampton, Hampshire
19 Dec 2018
20 Jan 2019
Electronic, Software
Contract Type
Full Time

We have a number of exciting opportunities within our Marine Autonomous Robotic Systems (MARS) Group at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK:

Within the Development Team - Fixed Term (3 years), Full Time (37 hours per week)

The following fixed term, full time roles may involve periods of travel both within the UK and internationally, and occasional work at sea for which additional allowances are paid.

Robotic Systems Electronics Engineer

Salary: £28,200 - £32,430 (Band 6)

With ownership of the entire development process, you will take a project from initial idea all the way through to specification, design, implementation, test and sea-trial. You will contribute to a variety of exciting and innovative projects, including the development and trials of our new 6000m rated robot submarines.

We are looking for a professional engineer with a relevant qualification in Electronic Engineering or a closely related discipline.  You will have the ability to develop complete digital systems from initial documentation to schematics, PCB design and associated firmware.

Electro-Mechanical Production Engineer

Salary: £22,224 - £25,557 (Band 7) / £28,200 - £32,430 (Band 6)

In this varied hands-on role operating within the crucial Development Team, you will have the opportunity to lead the build and test of the next generation of deep sea robotic vehicles, putting your experience and practical skills gained in low volume, high quality manufacture to daily use.

We are looking for a high level of proficiency in Electro mechanical engineering skills necessary to build complex prototype marine robots.

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

Salary £28,200 - £32,430 (Band 6)

Contribute to cutting-edge research into the use of autonomous marine robots in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.  Working with both oceanographers and engineers, you will research algorithms for the autonomous control of the NOC long-range fleet, used to further world-leading marine science.

We are looking for a researcher with a PhD or equivalent experience in Robotics, AI, data-science or a closely related discipline with proficiency in a programming language (e.g. C++, Python, Java) and experience writing software for AI/Robotics applications.

Within the Operational Team - Permanent, Full time (37 hours per week)

In these positions, we would expect the successful applicant to work approximately 90 days at sea. Each day may attract an allowance amounting to approximately £8,000 per year at current rates.

IT/Software Engineer x 2

Salary: £28,200 - £32,430 (Band 6)

We are looking for two IT/ Software Engineers to join our experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) systems.

One role will support the ISIS ROV and other deep towed equipment at sea, whilst the other role will support Autosub 6000 operations at sea. Both roles will maintain, service and upgrade the systems back at base. You will have completed an HNC/HND in a directly relevant IT / Software discipline or a degree in a related discipline with relevant experience.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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.     

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit www.ukri.org


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. 

For more information visit Working at NOC.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply:

Please apply online on our website at https://careers.noc.ac.uk. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC Careers Team at careers@noc.ac.uk.

Closing date: 20 January 2019

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