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GLA Principal Radionavigation Engineer

Trinity House Lighthouse Service
Harwich, Essex
£54,481 PA + Defined pension benefit + 25+ days leave + Flexible working
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

Job Details

Would you like to spearhead the development of future maritime radionavigation systems? 

Do you enjoy working at all levels of research and development, including blue sky thinking through to implementing results on the international stage?

If so, this job could be for you.

This role is an exciting opportunity to join our internationally-renowned GLA Research and Development team (GRAD) employed by Trinity House, and working on behalf of the three General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland (GLA), applying your skills and knowledge for the benefit and safety of all mariners. 

You will work from our Harwich office benefiting from our new flexible working arrangements. The role will require some national and occasional international travel.

We offer fantastic benefits in return for joining us as our Principal Radionavigation Engineer:

  •  A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • An environment with flexible working options 25 days annual leave (30 days after ten years’ service) plus bank holidays and 3.5 privilege days.
  •  Learning and Development tailored to your role
  •  A Civil Service (defined benefit) pension
  •  My Lifestyle Membership – exclusive staff discounts on shopping, food & drink, travel & leisure, health & fitness and much more
  • Employee Assistance Programme – 24/7 access to free wellbeing advice and counselling services

You will spearhead GRAD’s radionavigation team and take responsibility for our resilient PNT activities, covering a range of radionavigation technologies (including GNSS, augmentation, eLoran, R-Mode) and related strategy development.  You will be expected to develop and maintain relationships and collaborations nationally and internationally in support of progressing international standards, informing GLA strategy and supporting an international approach to future navigational safety developments.

You will be highly numerate with a good degree in engineering or physical sciences, or relevant demonstrable experience.  You should have practical experience of at least one relevant radionavigation system and experience operating in a leadership role.  Ideally, you will have experience working collaboratively to develop international standards and projects.

If you are interested in this opportunity and keen to bring your skills and experience to our GRAD team, please visit to download the job description and complete the online application form.  If you’d like to know more then please contact Dr Alan Grant, Head of Research and Development ( for an informal discussion.

As an equal opportunities employer, Trinity House is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.  We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

Application to be received by midnight on 4 November 2022.

Interviews to be held on 21 November 2022.



Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners

As the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, we are a world leader in the provision of aids to navigation.

Providing nearly 600 aids to navigation, the service uses three ships and new technology to deliver a leading-edge service.

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