Oceanographic Sensor Assembly and Test Engineer

NERC - National Oceanography Centre
£22,224 - £24,112 per annum
24 Jan 2018
19 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking a junior engineer or ambitious technician to provide practical hands-on support for the manufacture, assembly, test and development of complex sensor systems within the Ocean Technology & Engineering Group (OTEG) at NOC Southampton.  The group develops and produces autonomous sensors that are deployed in coasts, the deep sea, rivers and other natural waters around the world.  This robust technology has wide applications in oceanographic & environmental science but also in industry and medical applications.


  • In particular, you will support the manufacture, assembly and troubleshooting of cutting-edge robust microfluidic sensing systems in a research & development environment.  The work assigned will vary and will include micro-scale machining, assembly of optical, mechanical and electrical subsystems, basic chemical preparation, and system testing and troubleshooting and assisting with sensor deployments. 
  • You will gain training and familiarity with high-tech fabrication processes such as micro milling, circuit assembly, laser cutting and 3D printing. This post thus demands knowledge of, or willingness to learn, a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary technical skills and a flexible approach.
  • As you develop more familiarity with the technology, you will be encouraged to provide feedback and suggestions to the system designers and to suggest and implement improvements in areas such as such as process automation or testing procedures. 
  • You will work closely with our Electrical, Mechanical and Analytical Science teams and will share your experience with and offer support to, these teams to maintain a fully integrated development group. Similarly, you will take full advantage of the wider expertise in the group to enhance your own work, skillset and knowledge.
  • You will enjoy mastering a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary technical skills and be passionate about applying your skills to improve our ability to monitor and understand the oceans.  You will enjoy hands-on practical work, pay careful attention to detail and take initiative to provide improvements.  You will have training for specialist skills as required. 
  • Our sensor technology is used around the country and the globe: in 2016 alone, we deployed the sensors in four oceans and on three continents.  Willingness to travel locally or internationally to help with deployments is beneficial but not strictly required. 


  • Here 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 being a flexible employer 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 available.
  • For more information, visit Working at NOC.
  • The starting salary band for this position be between £22,224 and £24,112 per annum.
  • Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates.
  • Please note: we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role who require a right to work in the UK.

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