IT / Software Engineer

IT/Software Engineer

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: £28,200 - £32,430

Full time (37 hours per week)



About the role:


We are seeking an IT / Software Engineer to join our experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and other deep towed equipment at the National Oceanography Centre.


This is an exciting opportunity to travel the world operating the equipment you have helped design and develop.


We operate our systems worldwide, deploying our research equipment in both the Arctic, Antarctic and the deep oceans in between. Our systems have explored sub-surface mud volcanoes and surveyed, photographed and sampled the world’s deepest discovered hydrothermal vents. The focus of the team’s work is to support the marine scientist community in its efforts to understand the deep ocean, and to monitor the associated resources.


This role will be a hands-on role supporting the ROV and deep towed equipment at sea as well as maintaining services and upgrading the systems back at base. During sea-going operations, you will work with an experienced team and will have the opportunity to fly, and control the ROV in order to photograph and sample the deep oceans of the world.


About you:


As an IT / Software Engineer you will:


Have completed an HNC/HND in a directly relevant IT / Software discipline or a degree in a related discipline with relevant experience.


Have a good working knowledge of computer systems, networking and Windows / Linux operating systems. Development experience using C/C++ would be desirable, and a knowledge of LabView would be beneficial.


You should be interested and willing to enhance your programming skills as required to meet the software / infrastructure development requirements of the team.  There will also be opportunities to work with the MARS development teams to enhance the capabilities of the ROV and marine robotic systems more broadly.


You will be expected to maintain the ROV and deep towed equipment (both hardware and software) and take the lead on IT / software development tasks. A basic understanding of digital and analogue electronics would also be beneficial, as would hardware / software integration.


As an IT / Software Engineer you should be highly motivated, able to use your own initiative, possess excellent oral and communication skills and be able to work both independently and as part of a small team. 



Other information:


The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This may also include an allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days).


Please note we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.


About us:


The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a national research organisation, 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.     


NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit


What we can offer you:


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 flexible employment practices 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.


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:  


All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at quoting reference number IRC245177. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team via


Closing date: Sunday 29th July 2018


If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).


Closing date: 
Sunday 29 July 2018