Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) Technician

Salary: 28,331-31,866 per annum
Full-Time, Permanent

The role

Your primary role will be as lead technician for our survey-class Gavia AUV. You will be responsible for the maintenance, operation and data processing of the vehicle on a wide variety of projects. This work will be supported by the EU's Interreg VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

You will also oversee the processing and analysis of bathymetric and hydrographic datasets including seabed imagery from other vehicles and instruments.

You will contribute to our other robotics activities, which include underwater gliders, AUVs and ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles).

There could be an opportunity to work in other areas a smaller part of your time, depending on your expertise and SAMS requirements.

The post duties include some out-of-hours glider piloting and offshore seagoing, which may attract additional monetary compensation.

The ideal candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who will enjoy the varied nature of the post and the challenge of working in scientific research. You will be flexible and organised, have excellent problem-solving skills, and take a pro-active approach in your work.

You will have hands-on experience with AUVs and be proficient in the use of bathymetric mapping software and GIS (Geographical Information System).


You will have support from the Marine Robotics Technical Team and science Principal Investigators to assist your success in this role.

What we can offer you

This could be an opportunity to put your strengths to work and bring new ideas which complement our existing highly competent team.

Or you might be looking for a career opportunity and change in lifestyle or location?

We are based on the beautiful west coast of Scotland - within Argyll & Bute. In addition to your salary, our remuneration package includes pension, holiday allowance and occupational health & wellbeing support. In addition, our employee benefits package includes purchase of additional holidays, technology & smartphones, payroll giving, discounted shopping vouchers and a cycle to work scheme.

Further information is available online at Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Technician, Job Ref D06/21.ED the Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail

For further queries email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 21st June 2021

Interviews will be held by mid July.

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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