Ocean Engineering Technician

£22,224 to £24,112
25 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Ocean Engineering Technician, Sensors and Moorings Group, Scientific Engineering, National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton About the role: Our Ocean Engineering Technicians in the Sensors and Moorings Group can deploy sophisticated sensors on the Atlantic sea bed in 6000 meters of water then return a year later to retrieve them. They can take continuous deep sea samples from the deck of a research ship off the coast of Africa or drive advanced electronic sampling vehicle towed thousands of meters behind the ship. From the Polar Ice Caps to the deepest parts of the ocean we need skilled, motivated and adventurous engineers to keep the mission going. We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the sea. The oceans contain the world's largest ecosystem and are responsible for transferring heat around the planet. Exploring and discovering this huge wilderness requires a vast array of equipment from simple grabs that can take a sediment sample from the sea bed 5000 metres below the surface to unmanned vehicles, packed with sophisticated electronics hunting new life forms in the darkest reaches of the ocean. All this is only possible with the backing of a team of highly skilled technicians. You will be a key member of a team within the Sensors and Moorings Group supporting the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of NMF marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include complex marine instruments, equipment and systems. A full training package will be given. Shore duties will include the repair, maintenance and calibration of marine scientific equipment, systems and facilities and participation in cruise planning to identify solutions to scientific and engineering needs. Whilst at sea you will be a member of the onboard technical support team with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of NMF equipment as required. This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates. Salary: This is a Band 7 position. The salary band will be £22,224 to £24,112 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. An additional allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days per annum) is paid on a per day basis. Hours of Work: The hours of working are full time 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday. About you: You will have a BSc or recognised apprenticeship in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or BSc in Oceanography with suitable employment experience in this discipline. Alternatively, you will have substantial knowledge and experience of oceanographic instrumentation and practical experience through employment and training. Experience in the use of conventional workshop machines and tools is essential and experience in supporting oceanographic instrumentation in a technical capacity would be desirable. You will have the ability to diagnose faults and provide solutions under adverse conditions and will possess excellent problem solving and communication skills. You must be prepared to travel worldwide. What we can offer you: In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including an 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. 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 Directorate 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 and the National Marine Equipment Pool. For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Paul Provost. 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 recognises 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 IRC242735. 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. Closing date: 22nd October 2017
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