Manager - AUV Operations Team (Permanent, Full Time)


Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS), National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC)


About the role:

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Engineer to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at the National Oceanography Centre and lead the AUV Operations Team. You will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are designing and operating the NERC fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and are developing new concepts in marine autonomous systems (MAS).

This role will involve managing the day to day operations of the AUV operations team, and will include:

  • Providing guidance and objectives for a small team of engineers to support the group and to ensure that all equipment is maintained in preparation for research expeditions.

  • Controlling the group’s expenditure to ensure projects are kept within budget and delivered on time.

  • Providing technical oversight of integration and development of expedition specific upgrades to the AUV fleet.

  • Working with scientists and the wider NMF team to deliver effective AUV operation that is consistent with NMF protocols and best practice.

  • Providing seagoing operational leadership and support of the AUV fleet and other sea systems assets as required.

  • Working with other MARS Senior team members to ensure efficient group operation and to help define the strategic objectives for MARS.

This is a Permanent position available 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. This role will involve periods of travel both within the UK and internationally and occasional working at sea as required, which would pay up to an additional £8,000 at current rates (up to a maximum of 90 days).


Hours of Work: 

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


About you:


The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a degree in a relevant engineering discipline at 2:1 or above, with significant relevant experience of the design and manufacture of complex electro-mechanical systems, ideally in the marine environment.

  • Have a broad engineering knowledge with a basic understanding of physics, mechanical engineering, electronics, electrical systems, and software development.

  • Have a proven track record of team leadership and successful project management from project inception to completion, including good interpersonal skill and the ability to lead and motivate a small highly skilled team to maximise the team’s effectiveness.

  • Have experience of leading operational deployments and trials of complex systems, preferably in the marine environment.

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skill and be able to demonstrate these through documentation produced and presentations given.

  • Have experience of liaising with potential funders, project partners and stake holders.

  • Be self-motivated, pro-active, flexible and innovative with the ability to resolve issues under challenging situations at sea, and to produce high quality reliable work at base.


What we can offer you:

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.


About us:

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


The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at National Oceanography Centre develops, operates and maintains the UK’s marine science robotic fleet. The fleet is housed in a new state of the art facility which is ranked as one of the best in Europe.  The fleet consists of large propeller driven AUVs, subsea gliders, unmanned surface vehicles, and ROVs.   This fleet, amongst the largest of its kind, is used by the UK science community and wider stakeholders to address global marine science questions. It operates worldwide from the coast to the deep oceans, and the vehicles have been deployed beneath glacial ice tongues in Antarctica, under sea ice in the Arctic, and have operated in every ocean in between. 


The MARS group is working on UK and EU-funded projects with other partners in the UK and Europe, both research institutes and commercial companies.


Informal enquiries relating to the post should be directed to Maaten Furlong ( or 02380 596376).


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 organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

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 and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

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 IRC242653. 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: 8 October 2017


Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place mid-end October 2017

Closing date: 
Sunday, 8 October, 2017