Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail National Oceanography Centre
Reference Number IRC240901
Location Southampton See on Map
Salary £28200
Date Posted 12 April 2017
Grade NERC-6 New
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 14 May 2017
Interview Date

Salary: £28,200 per annum
Contract Type: Fixed Term (3 years)
Hours: Full Time - 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Closing Date: 14th May 2017

About the role:
We seek a talented Mechanical Engineering Design Draughtsperson to help drive further innovation, development and commercialisation of our current and future microfluidic sensor technologies and other oceanographic sensing and sampling equipment. Working as a member of the mechanical design office, you will be part of an existing wider team of 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 make full use of your knowledge of engineering materials and their properties along with your skills in classical and computer aided design, analysis and simulation to take a responsible role in ensuring that designs are optimized and fit for purpose in the demanding and hostile marine environment. Your work will encompass the complete design and development cycle from rudimentary concept (prototyping, detail design, production of engineering drawings and parts lists, build and test) through to deployable systems that you may have opportunity to support at sea or at other field locations as part of a commissioning team.

You will work closely with OTEG’s Electronics and Software, Multidisciplinary and Analytical Science teams and you will be expected to share your mechanical 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 through a broader understanding and appreciation of OTEG’s wider remit.

This is a fixed term appointment, available for three years offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.

About you:
We seek applicants who can demonstrate a track record of innovative, elegant design solutions for a range of applications using the latest research and computer aided design and analysis. 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. Competence in the use of Autodesk Inventor 2015 or a very similar 3D solid modelling CAD package with a proven ability to produce accurate and high quality engineering detail drawings is essential. Demonstrable experience in the design of pressure tolerant and corrosion resistant devices for the marine environment would be a distinct advantage. An HNC/HND or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline together with significant relevant work experience is essential.

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 (

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 and have 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 commercializing our technologies.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Kevin Saw (

Qualifications and Knowledge:


  • minimum HNC/HND or equivalent qualification in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline
  • sound knowledge of design principles, engineering materials and methods of manufacture, computer aided design and simulation applied to complex multidisciplinary engineering design problems.


  • degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline.

Experience Related to Position:


  • significant relevant experience in a mechanical design office environment
  • experience of outsourcing, project management, design/drawing review and checking.


  • experience of designing for the subsea/marine environment.



  • proficiency in producing high quality engineering drawings using 3D CAD software (Autodesk Inventor preferred)
  • proficiency in classical and computer based (e.g. FEA) engineering analysis
  • good IT skills and familiar with Microsoft Office.



  • ability to actively engage with stakeholders, presenting at internal/external meetings as required  and to communicate complex engineering solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • ability to work independently, manage own time and resources and be flexible in delivering on multiple projects running in parallel with minimal supervision
  • ability to positively contribute within a diverse team, act as a role model and take the lead as required.

Other Requirements:


  • willingness to participate in sea trials and/or other off-site activities which at times may be outside of normal working hours
  • in order to participate in sea-going activities you will be required to undertake mandatory training in Personal Survival Techniques and to pass an ENG1 medical examination.

Job Purpose:

As a designer you will engage in innovative mechanical engineering design and development relating specifically to OTEG’s core microfluidic sensor development projects but also more widely to a range of novel oceanographic sensing and sampling equipment. You will be responsible for ensuring designs are optimised through a sound knowledge of engineering materials and methods and skilled use of classical and computer aided engineering analysis and simulation.

As a competent draughtsperson you will produce, review, modify and check fully detailed engineering drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists, ensuring compliance with British, European and International standards as applicable. Engineering design schemes and drawings will be produced using Autodesk Inventor 3D CAD software. All outputs will be fully documented and stored electronically in accordance with OTEG procedures.

Expectations of the role:

You will work as part of the Mechanical Engineering team and closely with the Electronics and Software, Multidisciplinary and Science teams in developing ideas from rudimentary concepts through to deployable systems, supported by in-house prototype manufacturing and testing facilities. You will be responsible for carrying out and/or arranging out-sourced manufacture, test, inspection, assembly and commissioning of designed systems. Testing and commissioning may occasionally involve participation in sea trials both locally and world-wide.

In accordance with OTEG’s engineering process, where appropriate, your work will be subject to design review and you will be expected to participate in design reviews of technology developed by others. You will be expected to disseminate your work internally and externally through training, documentation, peer reviewed publications, patents and licensing agreements with companies. You will support others in the group through training, design engineering, fieldwork, administrative functions and supervision of students and junior staff as required.

Key Accountabilities/Primary Responsibilities:

  • to deliver complete and high quality mechanical designs and systems supported by classical and computer aided engineering calculations and design analysis and to assist with the specification and procurement of out-sourced equipment and components
  • to produce, modify, review and check fully detailed manufacturing drawings, assembly drawings and parts lists
  • to be aware of and comply with all relevant Health and Safety legislation and to identify safety related, personal development and technical training needs and to ensure these are transmitted to line management
  • to project manage i.e. to manage timelines, deliverables, milestones, finances, resources
  • to contribute to the production of peer reviewed publications, patents, and knowledge exchange activities (e.g. working with commercial partners) and project plans
  • to work as part of a team by providing training, engineering, fieldwork, and administrative support
  • to develop best practice and skills in the group and for yourself
  • to maintain: a detailed log book; reference library; documentation on standard operating procedures, protocols and methods; libraries of common component/system drawings, design calculations, testing/research and manufacturing details.

Expectations of all staff:

  • comply with Research Council and NERC policies at all times, including Equal Opportunities Policies, and ensure that duties are carried out in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and guidance documents as directed by NOC
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to NOC values and People Strategy
  • promote and demonstrate a personal commitment to Working with Respect – NOC Guidance
  • attend relevant seminars, workshops and training events and maintain professional development by completing CPD (Continuous Professional Development) appropriate to the role
  • maintain a safe working environment by attending Health and Safety training as required and follow local codes of safe working practices and actively contribute to embedding a safety culture across NOC
  • adopt and promote awareness of NOC’s environmental aims and other initiatives
    carry out other duties within the scope, spirit and general purpose of the post and adopt a flexible approach to work
    as duties and responsibilities change this job description will be reviewed and revised in consultation with you
  • undertake such other duties within the scope of the post as may be reasonably requested by your Manager.

Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services.

To apply, please attach an up to date CV and covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role.

We want to make our application process as easy as we possibly can. If you experience any problems in applying for this job, or have any feedback for us about the application process, please contact the UK SBS Recruitment Team on 01793 867000. Please quote the relevant IRC reference number when calling.


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