Mechanical Design and Development Engineer

Mechanical Design and Development Engineer

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Salary: £28,200 - £32,430

Full time (hours of work)

Fixed term (3 years)


About the role:


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Mechanical Design and Development Engineer

to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.


The National Oceanography Centre is the United Kingdom’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences, with the remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science. You will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are designing and operating the NOC fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and other marine based scientific equipment.


As a design and development engineer at NOC, you’ll have a varied role. Sometimes you will be working in teams to develop sophisticated AUV projects but at others, having individual responsibility for complete packages of work such as scientific equipment fits to one of our fleet AUVs.


About you:


For this role, you will have:


  • Solid experience of mechanical design ( ideally with experience of electro – mechanical systems, mechanisms or machinery),  from concept to completion
  • Sound experience of 3D CAD based design and creating detailed manufacturing drawings
  • Good knowledge of design for manufacture, assembly, test and servicing
  • A good eye for detail with a passion for developing robust, reliable designs and design processes
  • Genuine interest in developing novel equipment for deep ocean science and exploration
  • Someone who enjoys working both in a team and individually as required
  • Someone who is happy behind a CAD screen but also keen to take a practical lead in prototype building and testing of their designs
  • For this role, demonstrating your sound engineering skills and experience will be as valuable as academic qualifications.


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.


Please note for this role we are not able to sponsor candidates 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


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.


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 IRC245863. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.


For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Alex Phillips ( or 02380 591855).


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