Engineering Manager – Ship Scientific Systems (Permanent, Full Time)

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

About the role:

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the sea.  The oceans contain the world’s largest ecosystem and are responsible for transferring heat around the planet.  Exploring and discovering this huge wilderness requires a vast array of equipment. All this is only possible with the backing of a team of highly skilled technicians. This is your opportunity to join one of the teams of seagoing technical staff and begin a journey within Scientific Ship Systems. You will provide support and advice for a wide range of instrumentation and acoustic systems permanently onboard the vessel, as well as the computing, networking and data logging infrastructure.

You will lead a multiskilled team within the Ship Scientific Systems group supporting the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of NMF marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include Ship’s computing and data processing systems, acoustic and RF sensors as well as gravity and magnetic instruments.  A full training package will be given.

The job is unusual, challenging and varied and with that in mind we are looking for people who have more to offer than simple technical competence; personal skills of collaboration, engagement and the ability to communicate are just as important. You will play a key role in the development of equipment and techniques, both ashore, and at sea and will mentor and develop future technicians within the team.  You will manage a large budget and will play a vital role within the NMF structure and the expedition planning process.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 5 position and the salary range will be £35,222 to £40,166 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. An allowance of approximately £4,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 45 days) is paid on a per day basis.

Hours of Work: 

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

About you:

You will be an enthusiastic and self-sufficient electronic or computing engineering Manager with significant knowledge and experience in IT systems management and electronic communications.  You will also be capable of diagnosing faults and delivering effective solutions to the business. You must be capable of managing and motivating a team to deliver excellence in the field of engineering support to oceanography.  You will hold a relevant degree in Computing Systems or Electronic Engineering or closely related discipline or hold significant relevant experience. A background in the delivery of ocean science in a technical capacity is preferable but not essential.  An interest in, and experience of, sea going vessels is desirable as are data analysis and programming skills particularly with C, C++, Python and SQL.  As part of this role, you will embark on vessels in support of the science program when required, therefore you must be prepared to travel, and be capable of travelling worldwide.

What we can offer you:

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. 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.

For more information, visit Working at NOC.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organization, 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.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (   

The National Marine Facilities directorate is one of the three major divisions of the NOC.  Based at the Southampton site, it is responsible for the operation and management of NERC’s two state-of-the-art global research vessels and the National Marine Equipment Pool.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Andy Henson, Head of Scientific Engineering (

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organization and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, math’s and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC242787. 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 867003.

Closing date: 29 October 2017

Closing date: 
Sunday, 29 October, 2017