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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Research Software Engineer - AI for marine autonomous robots in extreme environments

Harris, Catherine A.
Dear all,

The National Oceanography Centre UK are advertising a 3 year position as a Research Software Engineer within the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems group.  Please see below for details and apply at the following link: 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=nM7SGKyd0N5aHUSbexJCbLVtn4LvTolyAk5G7Yodr7Y&s=E3_UQkmS7qYLNK6BQgASYn875gQB_trphimJubaf3rs&e= 
For further information or if you have any questions, please contact me at [hidden email]  The closing date for all applications is 29th November 2019.

Research Software Engineer, Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK
Fixed term appointment (3 years)
Full time (37 hours per week)
Salary: £35,360
Closing date: Monday 6th January. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.  

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.

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.

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.

Other information:
You may be required to spend time at sea for this role, which attracts a daily allowance.

Our Commitment as an Employer:
The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply: 
To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at [hidden email].

Closing date: Monday 6th January. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants.  We welcome applications from candidates outside of the EU for 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

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