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IT/Software Engineer

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

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Company: National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Job title: IT/Software Engineer
Location: Southampton
Employment type: Full time
Closing date: 6th January 2019

Brief description: NOC are looking for two IT/Software Engineers to join their experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) systems.

Full description:
We are looking for two IT/ Software Engineers to join our experienced team of enthusiastic engineers who are developing and operating ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) systems.
We operate our systems worldwide, deploying our research equipment in both the Arctic, Antarctic and the deep oceans in between. Our systems have surveyed, photographed and sampled the deep oceans around the world. The focus of the team’s work is to support the marine scientist community in its efforts to understand the deep ocean, and to monitor the associated resources.

One role will support the ISIS ROV and other deep towed equipment at sea, and maintain, service and upgrade the systems back at base. During sea-going operations, you will work with an experienced team and will be expected to fly, and control the ROV to photograph and sample the deep oceans of the world. You will also troubleshoot and fix software and/or electronic/electrical problems as they arise.  At times, you will be working under tight time constraints and arduous conditions, so a practical can-do attitude is essential.
The other role will support Autosub 6000 operations at sea, as well as maintaining services and upgrading systems back at base. Further AUV and USV (Unmanned Surface Vessel) systems will form part of the AUV operations group in the near future, including the well-known Boaty McBoatface. During sea-going operations, you will work with an experienced team and will have the opportunity to operate autonomous vehicles that survey the deep oceans of the world.
Back at base, you will primarily work on servicing and developing the ROV and AUV Team’s equipment, but you may also be required to work on other Marine Autonomous Systems, as well as more broadly on the National Marine Facilities Sea Systems equipment.
This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

About you:
For both roles, you will have completed an HNC/HND in a directly relevant IT / Software discipline or a degree in a related discipline with relevant experience.

You should be interested and willing to enhance your programming skills as required to meet the software / infrastructure development requirements of the team.  You will have the opportunity to work with the Marine Autonomous & Robotic Systems (MARS) Development Teams to enhance the capabilities of the AUV/ROV and marine robotic systems more broadly.

As an IT / Software Engineer you should be highly motivated, able to use your own initiative, possess excellent oral and communication skills and be able to work both independently and as part of a small team.

You must be willing to go to sea for up to 90 days a year supporting MARS equipment.

As AUV, IT/ Software Engineer you will:
Have a good working knowledge of computer systems, networking and Windows / Linux operating systems. Experience of setting up networks, and network problem solving would be an advantage. Development experience using C/C++ and Python would also be desirable.
You will be expected to maintain AUV systems (both hardware and software) and take on IT / software development tasks. A basic understanding of digital and analogue electronics would also be beneficial, along with hardware / software integration experience.

As ROV, IT/ Software Engineer you will:
Have a good working knowledge of computer systems, networking and Windows / Linux operating systems. Development experience using C/C++ would be desirable, and a knowledge of LabView would be beneficial.
You will be expected to maintain the ROV and deep towed equipment (both hardware and software) and take the lead on IT / software development tasks. A basic understanding of digital and analogue electronics would also be beneficial, along with would hardware / software integration.

Other information:
The starting salary for this position will be between £28,200 and £32,430 per annum (Band 6). Depending upon skills and experience, additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.

In this position, we would expect the successful applicant to work approximately 90 days at sea.
Each day may attract an allowance amounting to approximately £8,000 per year at current rates.

Please note we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require a right to work in the UK.

About us:
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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.      

NOC is part of the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), which is one of the nine partners within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). For more information visit www.ukri.org.  

What we can offer you:
At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.
In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a 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.

For more information visit Working at NOC.

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:
All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website at http://topcareer.jobs/ quoting reference number IRC247237. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact UK SBS by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867003.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dave Turner via dave.turner@noc.ac.uk.

Closing date: 6 January 2019