ALR Software Engineer
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Full time (37 hours per week)
£35,360 - £38,790
Who are we?
We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.
The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, moving to independent & charitable status as of 1 November 2019.
We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. A community where each employee adopts a crucial role in furthering the aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution to the health of the oceans, with a focus in improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.
About the role
The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) Group at the National Oceanography Centre develops, operates and maintains the UK’s marine science robotic fleet. The fleet consists of AUVs, subsea gliders, unmanned surface vehicles, ROV and Towed Underwater Vehicles. We operate our systems worldwide, deploying our research equipment in both the Arctic, Antarctic and the deep oceans in between. Our systems have surveyed, photographed and sampled the oceans around the world. The focus of the team’s work is to support the marine scientist community and commercial customers in their efforts to understand the ocean, and to monitor the associated resources.
Within MARS you will find our Autosub Long-Range (ALR) team, and we’re looking for a Software Engineer to provide engineering and operation support to that team. The successful candidate will work on most aspects of ALR operations including piloting, maintenance and troubleshooting.
You will use your software skills to integrate bespoke sensors into the ALR and develop tools to improve operations. You will also assist with the future development of the ALR fleet.
This is an operational role and the successful candidate will be required on occasion to work away from home during field operations and out of hours whilst piloting (appropriate overtime payments will be provided). It may also require some seagoing time on Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and other ships.
The NOC has pioneered the development of marine autonomous systems for many years.
We’re looking for someone who can demonstrate innovating thinking to develop solutions for current and future challenges. You should have experience of Linux and programming in C/C++. A knowledge of ROS and Python would be an advantage.
The successful candidate will also undertake other aspects of ALR operations including maintenance and troubleshooting, and preparing the ALR for missions, and therefore basic skills in mechanical and electronics will be required.
Why the NOC?
We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.
Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.
The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.
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 click ‘Apply' and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter.
Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and assessment criteria.
Date advert posted: 25th January 2021.
Closing date: 21st February 2021. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.