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Ocean Mapping Technician, SAMS

Robotics and Ocean Mapping Technician (D31/22.LD)

Location: On-site at SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full Time (37hrs per week)

Salary: £29,619 - £33,314 per annum

Closing Date: Monday 7th August 2023

The Role

Your primary role will be as lead technician for seabed mapping surveys and data processing. You will oversee the processing and analysis of seabed mapping datasets, such as seabed bathymetry and photographic imagery from Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and ship-based instruments.

You will be part of team operating a wide variety of instruments and robots during fieldwork in the UK and abroad, including multibeam systems, side-scan sonars, AUVs, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and ocean gliders The post also include some out-of-hours glider piloting and offshore seagoing, which attract additional monetary compensation.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity for continuous professional development, upskilling, and exploring any future accounts certificated courses, where time and funding allows.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who will enjoy the varied nature of the post and the challenge of working in scientific research. You will be flexible and organised, have excellent problem-solving skills, and take a pro-active approach in your work.

Our ideal candidate will be proficient in the use of bathymetric software and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and have some hands-on experience working with hydrographic instrumentation at sea. Ideally, they would be familiar with AUVs and other autonomous platforms or be willing to learn more about these amazing technologies.

Employee Benefits

Our employees are the heart of our business. Recruiting and retaining the right people is the key to our success. Rewarding our employees is therefore an important component of our employment package and we have a wide range of benefits on offer to staff. These can enhance your personal and professional development, your health and well-being and your finances. Additionally, SAMS encourages and recognises excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues.

SAMS offers a generous salary and pension as well as employee benefits package. We also have supportive policies to assist absence, family and other leave types.


We would love to hear from you. If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to Estelle Dumont or John Howe at /

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to quoting Job Ref ‘D31/22.LD’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is Monday 7th August 2023– Interviews will likely be held during the week commencing 28th August 2023.

Please note, candidates must have the rights to work in the UK.

For full details on this role, please visit: Robotics and Ocean Mapping Technician (D31/22.LD)

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