Robotic Systems Electronics Engineer

Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS),
National Marine Facilities (NMF),
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC)

About the role:

We are seeking an Electronics Engineer to join our Autosub Operations team who are designing and operating the NERC fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV's). Additional work may include working with Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Through development and adoption of new technologies, the overall aim of the MARS group is to greatly improve the efficiency with which we operate autonomous vehicles in the world's oceans. The focus is to help scientists in their efforts to understand major issues such as global climate change, the sequestration of carbon and monitoring of ocean resources.

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

Please note we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.


This is a Band 7/6 position and the starting salary will be 22,224 per annum (for Band 7 level) and 28,200 per annum (for Band 6 level). Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. There is an additional allowance of approximately 8,000 at current rates available for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days).

Hours of Work:

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

You will be expected to make contributions throughout the lifecycle of a variety of robotic projects from initial ideas and discussions through to generating specifications, design, implementation, testing and finally the operation of the systems at sea in support of the NERC marine science programme. The work will include electronic system development and testing.

For the higher level Band 6 you will need a degree in Electronics Engineering or similar discipline with demonstrated experience or an HNC or HND in Electronics Engineering or similar discipline with demonstrated experience. Project Management experience would be desirable. You will have knowledge or experience of general relevant technologies (communications, navigation, control) in the marine environment.

For the Band 7 position you will have a degree in Electronics Engineering or similar discipline or an HNC or HND in Electronics Engineering or similar discipline.

For both roles, you will have a good understanding of analogue and digital electronic design, electronics circuit simulation and computer programming experience, especially within embedded systems. Experience in practical production will be essential but practical design would be highly desirable. You will also be expected to be able to effectively communicate complex engineering concepts, both verbally and in writing.

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 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. Opportunities for further training and development are strongly supported, e.g. Further Education, Professional Memberships etc. This role will require periods of travel both within the UK and internationally.

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 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.

Informal enquiries relating to the post should be directed to Mr James Burris ( or 02380 597708).

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.

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 and the NOC's Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

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 quoting reference number IRC239900. 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 867000.

Closing date: 12th March 2017.

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during week commencing 3 April 2017.

published: 02 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.