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Engineering Technician – Mechanical/Electrical

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  • Starting salary will be £22,224 per annum and depending upon skills and experience
  • National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
  • Closes 9th July 2017
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Engineering Technician – Mechanical/Electrical (Permanent, Full Time)

Ocean Engineering Group, National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

Our Ocean Engineering Technicians can find themselves overhauling hydraulic systems in a workshop one day and working the deck of an ocean going research ship in the Caribbean the next. 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 6000 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.

We are seeking a mechanical or electrical Engineer to join our Ocean Engineering group. You will support 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. Shore duties will include the repair, maintenance and calibration of marine scientific equipment, systems and facilities as well as 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.

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


This is a Band 7 position and the starting salary will be £22,224 per annum and depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. This may include an allowance of approximately £8,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 90 days).

Hours of Work:

The hours of working are full time, 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About you:

Applications are sought from enthusiastic and self-sufficient engineers to join our team in supporting cutting edge science to maintain, operate and develop modern research technology. You will have a recognised Apprenticeship or equivalent qualification in an engineering discipline or substantial knowledge and experience of oceanographic instrumentation and practical experience through employment and training. Candidates with a proven track record in scientific engineering will also be considered.

Experience at sea is desirable but not crucial and 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 (http://noc.ac.uk/).

The National Marine Facilities division 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, the National Marine Equipment Pool, Scientific Engineering and the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Jason Scott (jesc@noc.ac.uk).

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 at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc240377_7025.aspxquoting reference number IRC240377. 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 on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date: 9th July 2017

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