Electronic & Software Engineer
*2 positions available*
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Permanent, Full Time (37 hours)
£36,067 (Band 6)
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.
We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on 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.
We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.
About the role
The Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) is team of forty scientists, engineers and graduate students who work together to invent, develop and test oceanographic sensors and ocean sampling equipment. Most of the group’s projects are international collaborations and our sensors are deployed worldwide. We actively seek to commercialise our sensors so that they can be used more widely. We are equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.
We seek two talented and experienced Engineers, an Electronic Engineer and Software Engineer to join our Electronics and Software team within OTEG. The team designs and implements all of the electronics and embedded software for the sensors and devices produced by the wider group. It is a hands-on role, you will be working in an electronics laboratory with technologies at all stages of production from prototype electronics through to complete sensors. The ideal candidate would be willing to work in both roles either drawing on prior experience or a having willingness to learn.
You will have the support of the team and we have a well-established architecture for building sensor systems but you will have personal responsibility for delivering complete software/hardware systems for the projects that you are working on, from proof-of-concept through to deployed system, and your work must be to a standard that allows them to be deployed in unpredictable environments for long periods unattended. You will be expected to offer advice and support to the scientists and engineers in the group and you will also be expected to liaise from time to time with project partners and commercial suppliers outside of NOC to integrate our sensors with third party oceanographic systems. You may occasionally have the opportunity to go to sea or visit other field locations as part of a commissioning team.
We want innovators and problems solvers but above all you must have solid experience. We therefore seek software engineers with at least three years’ experience that includes full responsibility for the entire software development lifecycle for several projects. You must have strong technical programming experience either in embedded systems or at a similarly low level in other contexts and you must have a thorough working knowledge of programming in C. You must be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience and in particular you must have good organisational skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to communicate your ideas effectively both in presentations and in writing. You must have a willingness to learn new skills and to pass your existing skills onto others. You will get the most out of this job if you have an interest in electronics and a genuine desire to help push forward the science of oceanography.
We want innovators and problems solvers but above all you must have solid experience. We therefore seek electronic engineers with at least three years’ experience that includes full responsibility for the entire electronic development lifecycle for several projects. A working knowledge of analogue and digital circuit design and PCB layout is required, along with practical experience in testing, measuring and debugging complex circuits. A good knowledge of embedded firmware programming in C for microcontrollers would be an advantage. You must be educated to degree level or have equivalent experience and in particular you must have good organisational skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to communicate your ideas effectively both in presentations and in writing. You must have a willingness to learn new skills and to pass your existing skills onto others. You will get the most out of this job if you have an interest in technology and a genuine desire to help push forward the science of oceanography.
Why the NOC?
We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.
We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.
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. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org / 07950 805967.
Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and assessment criteria.
Date advert posted: 18 August 2021.
Closing date: 15 September 2021. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.
Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.
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