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Research Engineer, In-situ Sensors

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  • £28,200 to £32,842 per annum.
  • National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
  • Closes 9th July 2017
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Research Engineer, In-situ Sensors (Fixed Term, Full Time)

Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We seek a talented research engineer to drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future microfluidic sensor technologies and to be a consulting engineer for these technologies.

You will join an existing team of approximately forty research staff, engineering staff and graduate students equipped with world class fabrication, testing and design facilities together with instrumentation and analytical laboratories and access to sea going and polar research logistics.

You will lead and contribute to the design of in situ (i.e. deep sea submersible) microfluidic sensors through innovation and by improving current prototypes for marine and other hostile environments. This will include chemical (e.g. trace metals, nutrients, carbonate system) and biological (e.g. cytometry, nucleic acid analysis, immunosensing) sensors. This technology is deployed at sea (e.g. using robotic underwater vehicles), in coastal areas and in Polar Regions. These sensors provide data for use in environmental and climate modeling, in industrial applications such as Carbon Capture and Storage and for improving our understanding of the world’s oceans. You will work in a research team and will be expected to publish the research widely, interact with our commercial partners (e.g. licensees of our IP) and construct funding proposals.

We seek applicants who can pull together expertise in multiple disciplines including fluidics, optics, chemistry, and mechanical systems to produce innovative, elegant design solutions for a range of applications. You will have qualifications and experience in some or all of these disciplines and experience or willingness to apply these to analytical systems. You will take advantage of the latest research and make use of computer aided design and analysis. You will be expected to lead production of peer-reviewed publications, patents, grant proposals and knowledge exchange activities (e.g. working with commercial partners). As a member of the team, you will receive support from experienced engineers and scientists in the group and you will in turn provide training, engineering, and fieldwork support to others.

A PhD or equivalent research experience in a closely related engineering or science field is essential. You will have a portfolio of work, including products and or publications in leading journals demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex measurement problems and to quickly master new techniques.

This is a Fixed Term Appointment, available for three years, offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


This is a Band 6 position and the salary range will be £28,200 to £32,842 per annum.

Hours of Work:

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

About you:

We seek applicants who have a proven ability in solving research, engineering, manufacturing and organisational problems. A PhD in Instrumentation Engineering R&D/design or closely related discipline or equivalent research experience in an academic or industrial setting is essential. Experience of microfluidic systems, optics and biological or chemical sensors would be advantageous. You will have a broad spectrum of skills and have a flexible approach, demonstrating your ability to deliver solutions to complex problems and to quickly master new techniques.

What we can offer you:

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.

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/).

You will work within the Ocean Technology and Engineering Group (OTEG) which has a mission to develop new and innovative technologies in support of marine and environmental science. The group consists of a motivated and vibrant multidisciplinary team of staff and students including mechanical, electronic and system engineers as well as chemists, biologists and analytical specialists. We have an international reputation for sensor development and microfluidics not least through the Centre for Marine Microsystems (CMM): a strategic research partnership with the University of Southampton. We are the first group to routinely deploy microfluidic technology in support of environmental science. We are actively commercialising our technologies.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Robin Pascal (rwp@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/irc241344_7221.aspx quoting reference number IRC241344. 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 01793 867000.

Closing date: 9 July 2017

Interview date: It is proposed that interviews will take place during week commencing 24 July 2017.

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