Ocean Engineering Technician

Ocean Engineering Technician – Scientific Ship Systems (Permanent, Full Time)

National Marine Facilites (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 learn to: operate, support and advise upon a wide range of instrumentation and acoustic systems fitted to the ships; manage the computing, networking and data logging infrastructure and develop software to meet the needs of science.

You will develop as a vital member of a multi-skilled team within the Scientific Ship 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 environmental 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 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 7 position and the starting salary will be in the range £22,224 to £25,317 per annum, depending upon skills and experience. An allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 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 engineer or scientist with a relevant degree or background in computing, electronics, engineering or a related subject. You will have significant knowledge and experience of IT infrastructure and administration. You will also be capable of diagnosing faults and will provide solutions. You must be capable of working individually and as part of a team, with a strong ethos of collaboration. 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.

You will have some basic experience of data analysis and programming, such as with Shell Scripting, Matlab, Labview, Python, C-based languages or using SQL, but there will be ample opportunity to develop these skills to work with cutting-edge technologies such as Node, Angular and Mongo. 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:

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.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

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.     

From April 2018, the NOC, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation.  UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org.   From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Juan Ward (juan.ward@noc.ac.uk)  

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 disabilities and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, is a member of Athena SWAN and has signed up to the Athena SWAN principles to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

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 http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC244628. 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: 8th April 2018

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place week commencing 23rd April 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 8 April 2018