National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
3 year fixed term appointments
Full time (37 hours per week)
Who Are We?
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 and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.
The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, moving to independent & charitable status as of 1 November 2019.
We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. A community where each employee adopts a crucial role in furthering the aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution to the health of the oceans, with a focus in 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.
About the role
We are looking for Software Engineers to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) Group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK.
We are entering a new phase in development of our autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) which will build on a legacy that includes more than 20 years of pioneering exploration in the world’s oceans under Antarctic ice and deep hydrothermal vents.
You will join a team of enthusiastic multi-disciplinary researchers and engineers who are developing and operating the NOC fleet of AUVs and other marine scientific equipment around the world.
You will play a key role in the development of the embedded software deployed within the subsystems of the AUVs including power management, actuation, sensing and control behaviours. Alongside this exciting development work, you will contribute to the integration and testing of the AUVs both at the NOC and away on field trials. You will have the opportunity to support worldwide research cruises and sea-going operations, including system configuration prior to the cruises.
You will contribute to the development of cutting edge next generation robotic software, and command and control systems for autonomous platforms.
In this position, the successful applicant might be required to work at sea to oversee equipment fault finding and repair. Each day at sea will attract an additional allowance.
We are looking for highly-motivated engineers with outstanding embedded programming skills, and a background in robotics and/or automatic control.
You will have a degree in Software Engineering, or a related area such as electronics, or relevant equivalent experience. Excellent native code software implementation skills (e.g. C/C++) are essential. Hands-on practical experience in control systems, robotics, automation as well as familiarity with robotics middleware (e.g. ROS) and other relevant software packages such as MATLAB are an advantage.
Additional desirable requirements include:
Robotic sensing and control
Robotic localisation, navigation and planning
Hands-on robotics or experience with embedded systems
A commitment to producing quality solutions, ensuring a high degree of accuracy and close attention to detail is required, along with a disciplined approach to analysing and resolving problems. You will be self-motivated, pro-active, flexible and innovative with the ability to work within a small team and communicate complex engineering concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Why the NOC?
We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.
Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.
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.
Our Commitment as an Employer
The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.
How to apply
Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at email@example.com / 02380 596420.
Closing date: 22 March 2020. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.
We welcome applications from candidates outside of the EU for this position.