Software Engineer ( Open Ended, Full Time)

Software Engineer (Permanent/Full Time) Marine Autonomous Robotics Systems (MARS) ROV Group, National Marine Facilities Sea Systems, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton.

About the role: We are seeking a Software Engineer to join our experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating the NERC’s ROV Isis, and other deep towed equipment.

We operate our systems worldwide and they have been deployed in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and the deep oceans in between; they have explored sub-surface mud volcanoes, and surveyed, photographed and sampled the world’s deepest discovered hydrothermal vents. The focus of the team’s work is to support the marine scientist community in its efforts to understand the deep ocean, and to monitor the associated resources.

This role will support the ROV and deep towed equipment at sea, and maintain service and upgrade the systems back at base. During sea-going operations, you will work with an experienced team and will be expected to fly, and control the ROV to photograph and sample the deep oceans of the world. You will also trouble shoot and fix software and/or electronic/electrical problems as they arise. Sometimes these need to be fixed under tight time constraints and arduous conditions, so a practical can-do attitude is essential.

Back at base you will primarily work on servicing and developing the ROV team’s equipment, but you may also be required to work on other MARS Marine Autonomous System, as well as more broadly on the National Marine Facilities Sea Systems equipment.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

Salary: The starting salary for this position will be between £28,000 and £30,600 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This may also include an allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days).

Hours of Work: The hours of working are full time, Monday to Friday

About you: As a Software Engineer you will: Possess as a minimum an HNC/HND in a directly relevant software discipline or a degree in a related discipline with relevant experience. You will have a good working knowledge of Linux and Windows operating systems, networking and PC support. Development experience using C/C++ is essential, while knowledge of LabView would be beneficial. You will be expected to maintain the ROV and deep towed equipment and take the lead on software development tasks. A basic understanding of digital and analogue electronics would also be beneficial, as would hardware/software integration. As a Software Engineer you should be highly motivated, able to use your own initiative, possess excellent oral and communication skills and be able to work both independently and as part of a small team.

What we can offer you: 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. 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), 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 National Marine Facilities division is one of the three major divisions of the NOC, based at the Southampton site. It is responsible for the operation and management of NERC’s two state-of-the-art global research vessels, the National Marine Equipment Pool and a Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group 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. 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.

How to apply: Please indicate which post you are applying for when submitting your application 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 IRC243699. 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: 28th January 2018

Closing date: 
Sunday 28 January 2018