Research Engineer, In:Situ Sensors

Research Engineer, In : Situ Sensors

Fixed Term, Full Time ( 37 hours per week)

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

About the role:

We seek a talented research engineer to drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future microfluidic sensor technologies and to be a consulting engineer for these technologies.

You will join an existing team of forty research staff, engineering staff and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

You will lead the design of in situ (i.e. deep sea submersible) microfluidic sensors through innovation and by improving current prototypes for marine and other hostile environments. This will include chemical (e.g. nutrients, carbonate and trace metals) and biological (e.g. cytometer, nucleic acid analyser, immunosensor) sensors. This sensor technology is deployed at sea, in coastal areas and in Polar Regions. These sensors provide data for use in environmental and climate modelling, in industrial applications such as Carbon Capture and Storage and for improving our understanding of the world’s oceans. You will work in a research team publishing the research widely, interacting with our commercial partners (e.g. licensees of our IP) and constructing funding proposals.

We seek applicants who can pull together expertise in multiple disciplines including fluidics, optics, chemistry and mechanical systems to produce innovative, elegant design solutions for a range of applications. You will have qualifications and experience in some or all of these disciplines and experience or willingness to apply these to analytical systems. You will take advantage of the latest research and make use of computer aided design and analysis. You will be expected to lead production of peer-reviewed publications, patents and knowledge exchange activities (e.g. working with commercial partners). As a member of the team, you will receive support from experienced engineers and scientists in the group and you will in turn provide training, engineering and fieldwork support to others. 

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 and/or publications in leading journals demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex measurement problems and to quickly master new techniques.


The starting salary band for this position will be between £28,200, and £31,600 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates

About you:

We seek applicants who have a proven ability in solving research, engineering, manufacturing and organisational problems. A PhD in Instrumentation Engineering R&D/design or closely related discipline or equivalent research experience in an academic or industrial setting is essential. Experience of microfluidic systems, optics and biological or chemical sensors would be advantageous. 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. 

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 10.5 Public/privilege days and free car-parking.  Opportunities for further training and development are supported. The role will include periods of travel both within the UK and internationally. It is our policy to protect inventions and intellectual property wherever possible. We also run a “rewards for innovators” scheme to encourage and reward invention and delivery of socioeconomic impact.

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 post holder will work within the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) which has a mission to develop new and innovative technologies in support of marine and environmental science. The group consists of a motivated and vibrant multidisciplinary team of staff and students including mechanical, electronic and system engineers as well as chemists, biologists and analytical specialists. We have an international reputation for sensor development and microfluidics not least through the Centre for Marine Microsystems (CMM): a strategic research partnership with the University of Southampton. We are the first group to routinely deploy microfluidic technology in support of environmental science. We are actively commercializing our technologies.

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 IRC244033. 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: 
Sunday 25 February 2018