Ocean Engineering Technician

The National Oceanography Centre, 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 the needs across the UK marine science community.

A vacancy has arisen for an Ocean Engineering Technician, who will work as part of a team within the Sensors and Moorings Group. You will be part of a team who support the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of NMFSS marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include complex marine instruments, equipment and systems (http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/nmf).

Shore duties will include the repair, maintenance and calibration of marine scientific equipment, systems and facilities to meet the requirements of the cruise programme and participation in cruise planning to identify solutions to scientific and engineering needs. Whilst at sea you will participate as a member of the onboard technical support team with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of NMF equipment as required.

You will have a recognised qualification in one of the following; electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or an oceanography qualification with knowledge of instrumentation. The ability to demonstrate a substantial knowledge and experience of oceanographic instrumentation through employment and training is an acceptable alternative. You will ideally have practical experience in supporting oceanographic instrumentation in a technical capacity. An interest in, and experience of, working on vessels is desirable as is an interest in supporting world class oceanography. You must be prepared to travel worldwide.

For general enquiries about this role, please contact Dr Paul Provost (e-mail: pgp@noc.ac.uk) – please do not sent CV’s or applications.

This is a permanent position on NERC terms and conditions and the salary is in the range of £26,180 to £29,410 per annum. The availability for sea time of up to 90 days per year is required for this role; this attracts a daily allowance. Additional allowances may be available to exceptional candidates.

NERC provide benefits that include a RCUK pension scheme and generous leave scheme offering up to 30 days leave and a further 10.5 Public/privilege days. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/vacancies/

The closing date for this position is 1 November 2011. Please quote reference number IRC30652 on all correspondence.

You are advised that the National Oceanography Centre is currently unavailable to consider applications from candidates who would require a certificate of sponsorship to work in the UK.