Underwater Glider Engineers

Southampton, Hampshire
£22,224- £28,200
07 Feb 2018
21 Feb 2018
Automation, Scientific
Marine, Sciences
Job Type

Underwater Glider Engineers

Two posts – Permanent / Full-Time

National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

Salary: Starting salary - £22,224- £28,200 per annum

Closing Date: 21st February 2018

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for two Engineers to join the Glider Group within the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at the NOC. 

The MARS group develops, operates and maintains the UK’s marine science robotic fleet. Our vehicles are located in a new state of the art facility, which is one of the best in Europe. The fleet consists of large propeller driven AUVs, subsea gliders, unmanned surface vehicles and ROVs. The UK science community and wider stakeholders to address global marine science questions use this fleet (amongst the largest of its kind). It operates worldwide from the coast to the deep oceans and the vehicles have deployed beneath glacial ice tongues in Antarctica, under sea ice in the Arctic and have operated in every ocean in between.  

As a world leading oceanographic centre, employing over 540 people, we provide excellent opportunities for staff. You will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are designing and operating our fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (including the Autosub Long Range autonomous vehicle proudly known as Boaty McBoatface). 

About the role :

You will provide operational support to the MARS glider group, specifically you will be focused on the Slocum glider, Seaglider and Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) operations. This will include preparation and mobilisation, piloting and limited sea-going support, including time at sea and at shore-bases. Your role will also involve the maintenance calibration and modification of gliders, unmanned surface vehicles and associated sub-systems and sensors. You will contribute to external relationships with vehicle users, manufacturers and centres and prepare material for knowledge exchange. 


The starting salary will be £22,224 to £28,200 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This may include an allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days).

Hours of Work:  

The hours of working are full-time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

You will have a degree or HND in an engineering or other numerate subject, or equivalent higher/further education in a related field, with experience in instrumentation and a strong track record of solving engineering problems. 

You must also be able to effectively communicate complex engineering concepts, both verbally and in writing. 

You will ideally have experience in the use of scientific marine instrumentation, with some knowledge or experience in electronics or Linux and network based computer systems.  

A working knowledge of gliders and/or AUVs is also highly desirable. 

You will be able to plan your own work given broad direction and be able to work effectively as a member of a team ashore and at sea. 

What we can offer you:

Here at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

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.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported. 

How to apply: 

All 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/irc244186_7910.aspx .To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000 quoting IRC244186. 

Closing date: 21st February 2018