Research Engineer: Electrochemistry and Impedance Sensor Technology

Research Engineer: Electrochemistry and Impedance Sensor Technology

Fixed Term, Full Time

Ocean Technology & Engineering Group (OTEG) National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

The role is based within the Multidisciplinary sub-group of the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG), You will join an existing team of forty research and engineering staff equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities, instrumentation and analytical laboratories. Access to sea going and polar research logistics is available.

We seek a talented research engineer to drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future electrochemical and impedance sensor technologies. The role requires the research engineer to work across several projects and to be available as a consulting engineer to both internal and external stakeholders.

You will lead innovations in the design, development and optimisation of new and existing electrochemical sensors within OTEG and contribute to the design, development and optimisation of impedance sensors within OTEG. This will be accomplished through analysis, systems design, laboratory study and simulation to enable improved performance, reliability and reduced size and resource consumption. You will have experience of delivering these techniques to a high standard.

A PhD or equivalent research experience in a closely related engineering or science field is essential. You will have a portfolio of work, including; products, history of successfully delivering projects and publications in leading journals demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex measurement problems and to quickly master new techniques.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for 3 years offered on NERC terms and conditions.


This is a Band 6 position and the starting salary will be £28,200 - £31,600 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

Hours of Work: 

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

About you:

We seek applicants who have a proven ability in delivering research, engineering, manufacturing and project management to a high standard. You will have a PhD in Instrumentation Engineering R&D / design or closely related discipline or equivalent research experience in an academic or industrial setting. Experience of electrochemical and/or impedance systems is essential, both is preferred. You will have a broad spectrum of skills and have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex problems and to quickly master new techniques. Experience of developing technology through multiple technology readiness levels is desired.

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   From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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 quoting reference number IRC244035. 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: 
Wednesday 28 February 2018