Hydrographic Instrumentation & Robotics Support Scientist

Location: On-site at SAMS, Oban
Contract Type: Open-ended
Working Pattern: Full Time (37hrs per week)
Salary: £29,619-£33,314 per annum
Closing Date: 8th May 2023

The Role

Your primary role will be as lead technician for hydrographic surveys and data processing. You will oversee the processing and analysis of bathymetric and hydrographic datasets including seabed imagery, from AUVs and ship-based instruments.

You will be responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of our Teledyne Gavia AUV and observation-class ROV, for a wide variety of projects in the UK and abroad. You will also contribute to our other robotics activities, which include underwater gliders and other AUVs and ROVs. The post duties also include some out-of-hours glider piloting and offshore seagoing, which attract additional monetary compensation.

The postholder will have the opportunity for continuous professional development, upskilling, and exploring any future accounts certificated courses, where time and funding allows.

Our 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.

Our ideal candidate will be proficient in the use of hydrographic software and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and have hands-on experience working with hydrographic instrumentation and AUVs at sea.

Employee Benefits

Our employees are the heart of our business. Recruiting and retaining the right people is the key to our success. Rewarding our employees is therefore an important component of our employment package and we have a wide range of benefits on offer to staff. These can enhance your personal and professional development, your health and well-being and your finances. Additionally, SAMS encourages and recognises excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues.

SAMS offers a generous salary and pension as well as employee benefits package. We also have supportive policies to assist absence, family and other leave types.


We would love to hear from you. If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to Estelle Dumont or Lewis Drysdale at Estelle.Dumont@sams.ac.uk / Lewis.Drysdale@sams.ac.uk

Full details can be found on our website: www.sams.ac.uk/vacancies

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to recruitment@sams.ac.uk quoting Job Ref 'D31/22.LD' in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is 8th May 2023 - Interviews will likely be held by the end of May 2023.

Please note, candidates must have the rights to work in the UK.

posted: 27 March 2023 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.