Job Opportunity: Senior Sensors Technician at the NOC

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences, 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.

About the role

Sensor Technicians in the Sensors and Moorings Group are involved in many exciting projects, from deploying sophisticated sensors on the Atlantic sea bed in 6000 meters of water (returning a year later to retrieve them) to taking deep sea samples from the deck of a research ship off the coast of Africa or driving advanced electronic sampling vehicles towed thousands of meters behind the ship, there is lots to be involved in. 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 5000 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.

You will be a key member of a team within the Sensors and Moorings Group supporting the Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of National Marine Facilities (NMF) marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include complex marine instruments, equipment and systems.  A full training package will be given.

Shore duties will include the repair, maintenance and calibration of marine scientific equipment, systems and facilities and 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.  

The successful applicant would be expected to work up to 90 days at sea. Each day will attract an additional allowance.

About you

You will have a BSc or recognised apprenticeship in electronic, electrical or mechanical engineering or BSc in Oceanography with suitable employment experience in this discipline. Alternatively, you will have substantial knowledge and experience of oceanographic instrumentation and practical experience through employment and training.

You will have gained extensive experience in supporting oceanographic instrumentation in a technical capacity and experience of using instrumentation and delivering oceanographic measurements at sea. You will have an excellent ability to diagnose faults and provide solutions under adverse conditions and will possess excellent problem solving and communication skills. Experience in the use of conventional workshop machines and tools is essential as is the ability to interpret technical drawings and diagrams. You must be prepared to travel worldwide.

Application deadline: 19th April 2020

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