Senior Acoustic Oceanographer

UK Hydrographic Office
Taunton, Somerset
£31,589 per annum
17 Jan 2019
01 Mar 2019
Public Sector
Contract Type
  • Do you have a passion for the marine environment?
  • Do you have a strong background in acoustics?


If so we’d like to hear from you.

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is a Ministry of Defence trading fund based in Taunton, Somerset and employs c850 personnel across a range of specialist and technical roles, including many experienced mariners and Royal Navy personnel.

We principally supply defence and the commercial shipping industry with hydrographic and geospatial data, in order to ensure Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); protect the marine environment and support the efficiency of global trade.  We strive to set and raise global standards of hydrography, cartography and navigation.

The Ocean Environment Team sit within the Scientific Analysis Group: a team of Scientists who provide support to commercial shipping, the Royal Navy and other defence customers by ensuring that marine data relating to worldwide and UK coastal waters is accurate and up to date, and by providing hydrographic expertise and a range of specialist consultancy services.  The team create a diverse range of specialist products for our customers, including Total Tide and tide tables, ocean routing charts and Marine Protected Areas.

A key objective of the Scientific Analysis Group is to collect and manage the widest possible range of appropriately assured data, which is tagged, assessed and ready to use in order to support the UKHO’s vision of becoming a ‘world-leading Marine Geospatial Information Agency and Hydrographic Office.

The Ocean Environment Team is specifically responsible for managing a diverse range of marine environmental data (e.g. tidal, marine biological, oceanographic, geological, acoustic and ocean climatological) and the role of the Senior Acoustic Oceanographer is to provide the expertise necessary to identify and analyse relevant acoustic data sources and use these, in conjunction with web and literature searches, to provide an assessment of the environment likely to be encountered. Additional knowledge or expertise in marine geology would be advantageous for this role.

The role will provide the opportunity to work with big data and expertise across the international maritime industry and drive forward the improvement and creation of new products/data layers for our customers.

So, is this the role for you? If you are interested in working in the marine environment sector, handling large, complex datasets, driving data modelling and analysis, with a zest for innovation and change and experience of or an interest in applying science to meet customer needs, we would love to hear from you.

Additionally, please note that this is a MOD reserved post therefore only open to UK Nationals

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 1st March 2019.