Vacancy: Marine Technician
Salary: £18-25,000 depending on experience & qualifications
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland, UK (unsuitable for remote working)
Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) seeks to expand its UK-based team. This is a rare opportunity for permanent and full-time employment as an Instrument Technician. Main duties will include servicing, deploying, troubleshooting, repairing, and modifying high tech, scientific equipment/instrumentation. The candidate will be responsible for, inter alia, stock control of various hydrophone technologies and other oceanographical monitoring equipment, working primarily within the commercial wing of the company. This role involves a combination of working onshore and offshore.
The candidate must be medically fit and certified to work offshore (and produce current in-date and valid certificates).
Applicants must be technically minded, able to undertake field-equipment installation, operation, deployment, recovery, and maintenance at a high level both at the hardware (including circuit boards, i.e., electrical engineering skills) and software level. Ability to download, and quality control data from equipment for scientists in the Research and Development (R&D) wing of the company. The successful applicant will assist with equipment stock control and coordination, planning and execution of field work, and supplier liaison. The successful applicant will ideally have prior experience with marine instrumentation (e.g. cabled and autonomous hydrophone systems such as C-PODs and noise recorders, CTDs, ADCPs, and ROVs). Subject to any knowledge of vessel electronics/electrics/mechanics, there may also be an opportunity for involvement with maintenance, upgrade and installation of vessel systems, but vessel knowledge would merely allow for more diverse duties and is not actually a requirement for this role. This post is based at the Company’s headquarters in Dunbar, Scotland, and due to the practical nature of the work, is unsuitable for remote working, e.g. at home.
OSC is a privately-owned and technology-focused marine-science company involved principally in the global supply of underwater noise and marine mammal monitoring, and risk mitigation services. OSC reinvests >80% of profits into R&D, orientated primarily towards high-level research on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and other marine mammal species, Rigs-to-Reefs using Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) footage, underwater noise measurement and modelling, and improving marine mammal and environmental monitoring standards worldwide. OSC’s research has resulted in many peer-reviewed publications (www.osc.co.uk/publications-and-press-covers) and a non-profit book entitled the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook (http://www.pelagicpublishing.com/the-marine-mammal-observer-and-passive-acoustic-monitoring-handbook.html). It is a prerequisite to have read the book prior to the job, as the candidate must be familiar with the industry and OSC’s services.
Individual Job description can be found on: http://www.osc.co.uk/careers/vacancies
A successful candidate will have the following:
- A degree in either science/engineering, or relevant experience with marine instrumentation;
- Experience with relevant oceanographic-instrument configuration (e.g. hydrophone, CTD and ADCP technologies), maintenance, data downloading and processing;
- Experience configuring, deploying, servicing and any analyses of data from C-PODs and/or T-PODs;
- Understanding of oceanographic equipment specifications (e.g. hydrophones, junction boxes, amplifiers, acoustic filters, etc.);
- Passive Acoustic Monitoring equipment configuration, testing and data collection;
- Ability to lift 20 kg;
- Current valid BOSIET and O&G medical;
- Not prone to sea-sickness or able to mitigate with proactive measures;
- A genuine interest in marine mammals and benthic ecology, the processes by which they are studied;
- Ability to collaborate within a team;
- Prior experience with stock control;
- Ability to prioritise workloads, and to work under pressure when met with deadlines;
- Willingness to travel;
- Genuine interest about the business and industry, including commercial awareness; and,
- Must be legally allowed to work in the UK prior to employment, and possess a UK bank account.
- Processing oceanographic datasets (CTD, synoptic satellite-derived or modelled data);
- Experience setting up, deploying, recovering ROVs;
- Programming experience;
- Machine learning and image processing (of ROV footage);
- Knowledge of servers and ability to install networked eithernet ports; and,
- General DIY (trade) skills are always useful for properties, vehicles, vessels, etc.
This position is open only to those entitled legally to work in the UK and involves working offshore. It is emphasised that this is an industry (not academic) position. Timelines are often tight, and workloads must be prioritised accordingly. This will mean being involved in multiple project simultaneously; therefore, multitasking is key. Other responsibilities may include, day-to-day administration, social media, etc. Honesty is essential (the position is under NDA), and a sense of humour helps in this industry role. Shortlisted candidates should expect to receive skills tests during the interview process.
If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview (in person or via Microsoft Teams).
Application deadline: 26th February 2021