[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Software Engineer & AUV Software and Systems Engineer @ National Oceanography Centre, UK

Harris, Catherine A. catherine.harris at noc.ac.uk
Fri Dec 20 01:26:02 PST 2019

Dear all,

The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems group at the National Oceanography Centre are currently advertising multiple research and engineering jobs.  Any questions, please feel free to get in touch!

Research Software Engineer
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Fixed term appointment (3 years)
Full time (37 hours per week)
Salary: £35,360
Apply at:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__careers.noc.ac.uk_vacancy_research-2Dsoftware-2Dengineer-2D403822.html&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=YKSwdLalIbJVjHeuYPbAXwwFKd3ouepxHiVezndukMY&s=hxDIvwZvZZaGXj96y8pLplqks4DFoRlDHYC2F3FW4gY&e=   Closing date 6/1/2020

Who Are We?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are 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.
The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, moving to independent & charitable status as of 1 November 2019.
We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. A community where each employee adopts a crucial role in furthering the aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution to the health of the oceans, with a focus in improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a 'one NOC' approach.

About the role :

A new opportunity is available for a Research Software Engineer to join the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK.
The National Oceanography Centre is the United Kingdom's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences, with the remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science. As part of the MARS group, you will be joining a team of enthusiastic multi-disciplinary researchers and engineers who are developing and operating the largest fleet of Marine Autonomous Systems in Europe to further the study of marine science.  The NOC deploys the fleet in challenging environments around the world to address global marine science questions, including beneath glacial ice tongues in the Antarctic and sea ice in the Arctic.
Within the NERC-funded Oceanids Command and Control (C2) project, we are developing a unified server-based system for the command, control and data management of the NOC's fleet of long-range marine robots. At present, long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and glider piloting is a time-consuming task that requires highly-trained pilots to be on-call around the clock.  To increase the scalability of AUV operations, we are developing a framework to enable algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to optimise vehicle control whilst adhering to operational constraints, safeguarding the vehicle and its data cargo.  The C2 project offers a fantastic opportunity to work on large-scale ocean robotics deployments, as part of an enthusiastic interdisciplinary group.
As a Research Software Engineer, you will join the C2 team, working closely with both engineers, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.  You will contribute to leading research into the use of autonomous marine robots in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.  Working with both oceanographers and engineers, you will design and implement innovative AI algorithms for the autonomous control of the NOC long-range fleet, as well as developing components of the autonomous piloting framework and suitable knowledge representations.  These might range from the validation of autonomous system behavior to path planning algorithms for AUVs and the application of machine learning techniques, for example. The results of this work will be deployed and tested both in the lab and within full-scale ocean environments, before being used to further world-leading marine science.

About you:

You will have a background developing algorithms and/or scientific software, ideally with application to Robotics, AI, data-science or a closely related discipline.
The ideal candidate will be passionate about research and developing new approaches. They will enjoy the practical application of their knowledge to operating robots in challenging real-world environments and the interdisciplinary nature of marine robotics research.  You will be actively involved in software development, so proficiency with a programming language (e.g. C++, Python, Java, Javascript, R, MATLAB) is essential.  You will have strong research and communication skills, and enjoy communicating your research to people from a wide range of science and engineering backgrounds.  You will have a close attention to detail, and a commitment to producing high-quality, well-tested, reliable software, suitable for deployment in high-risk ocean environments.  The post will provide opportunities for participating in field experiences, attending conferences and publishing research papers.

Why NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.
Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.
The centre is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. We support opportunities for further training and development.

AUV Software and Systems Engineer
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Full time (37 hours per week)
Apply at:  https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__careers.noc.ac.uk_vacancy_auv-2Dsoftware-2Dand-2Dsystems-2Dengineer-2D403683.html&d=DwIFAw&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=YKSwdLalIbJVjHeuYPbAXwwFKd3ouepxHiVezndukMY&s=-7z-mOb4vejGuQZNYu-XjijqJ8_2FzGDXpe9cOSxa7Y&e=   Closing date 19/1/2020

About the role

Through development and adoption of new technologies, the overall aim of the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group is to enable world leading oceanographic science through the provision of cutting edge marine robotic systems. These systems massively broaden the scope for the study of some of the most inaccessible environments on Earth, helping scientists in their efforts to understand major issues such as global climate change, the sequestration of carbon, and monitoring of ocean resources.
The MARS group operates the largest scientific fleet of marine autonomous robots in Europe, and provide equipment for Oceanographic studies conducted around the world.
We are looking for a systems and software engineer to work within the AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) operations team providing software/systems engineering support both at sea and on shore. This will include the integration of new and novel sensors, development of on-board and support software, and operation of the vehicle at sea around the world.
You will join the Autosub Operations team working closely with a small team of specialist engineers in a multidisciplinary environment. Day to day activities will include, talking to scientists to harvest data requirements, integration of additional sensors into existing vehicle control systems and working on incremental improvement programs to increase overall vehicle reliability to deliver a first class service for the scientific community.

About you

The ideal candidate would come from a background of offshore survey or hands on experience with robotic systems or oceanographic sensors. Experience with network and serial communication protocols is highly desirable, along with experience of GIS.
You should enjoy working both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, enjoying the challenges of pushing the boundaries of field robotics.  You must have a close attention to detail and be confident with software and computer systems and enjoy applying these skills to tangible real world systems.
This is a seagoing role, therefore the successful candidate must be able to obtain necessary seagoing medical certificate (application process provided by NOC). You could spend up to 90 days at sea annually in this position.

Many thanks and best wishes,


Dr Catherine Harris | Research Fellow, Marine Autonomous Systems Development
Room 341/34, National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH

t: +44(0) 23 8059 9665 | ext: 29665 | e: cathh at noc.ac.uk

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