Ocean Career: Sea-going Sensors Technician at the National Oceanography Centre

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

We have a rich history dating back to 1949, and our future has never looked more exciting as we aim to be the world’s most innovative oceanographic institution.

About the role

As a member of the Sensors and Mooring team you will be working within a team of 15 engineering technicians working on the maintenance, preparation, development and recovery of oceanographic instrumentation and equipment.

The role will specialise in oceanographic sensor systems, with responsibility for operation and deployment of vessel tethered systems (including CTDs, transmissometers, fluorometers, light scattering detectors, doppler current meters, irradiance sensors), Stand Alone Pumps, towed vehicles and un-tethered packages with instrumented oceanographic sensors.

You will also support moored instrumentation such as ADCPs, acoustic releases and current meters.

On shore this will involve the preparation, inspection and testing of this equipment and the maintenance and development of sensor systems and group equipment.

At sea you will put together all of the work done at base and operate and deploy the equipment, the culmination of months of planning and preparation where the result of all this work will be realised. For this reason we pride ourselves on the preparation work we do at base, this giving a solid foundation for a successful deployment at sea.

About you

You will have completed a recognised apprenticeship or equivalent qualification in electrical or electronic engineering or knowledge and experience of working with Oceanographic instrumentation and systems through employment and training.

We are looking for someone with a good grounding in instrumentation and sensor technology who we can train and develop in to a Sensors and Moorings technician.

This is a seagoing role so the successful candidate should be willing to spend up to 90 days a year at sea, this will attract and additional daily allowance. This will include the necessity of passing an ENG1 medical.

You will need to be able to spend time at sea, in difficult conditions, with a group of people you may not have met before.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We are committed to flexible working, trusting our staff to get the job done. And we offer an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

Salary: £29,647 (Band 7), plus up to £8,000 sea-going allowance
Application Deadline: October 31, 2022
Division: National Marine Facilities (NMF)
Location: Southampton, UK

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