Marine Acoustic Engineer - KTP Associate

£30,066 - £38,420

Dunbar, East Lothian - 30 months

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Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a relevant field covering sensing and instrumentation to work on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) and the Environmental Research Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands (ERI-UHI). The position is based at OSC’s headquarters in Dunbar, East Lothian, where you will be responsible for developing an integrated system for marine mammal mitigation from offshore developments (e.g. windfarm, oil & gas, harbour, construction, etc.). This work will involve design, research into component selection and sourcing, requirements for operations in difference jurisdictions, integrating the system components and instruments, and then testing and validating in the field.

As a KTP Associate you will lead the project, to transfer knowledge of Marine Acoustic Engineering to OSC. You will also engage with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including academic and technical teams, sales and marketing personnel, existing company customer and potential new clients; therefore, effective communication, team working flexibility and attention to detail are key requirements for the role.

Your principal duties will include:
• Delivery of project objectives as detailed in the KTP project proposal.
• Leading the evaluation of technical challenges from existing methodologies and the creation of a validated system for passive acoustic monitoring.
• Designing and developing an integrated low-power sensor system.
• Reporting technical requirements, challenges & recommended solutions.
• Maintaining an up-to-date project plan and provide progress reports for presentation at regular Local Management Committee (LMC) meetings.
• Delivering presentations to immediate project team members and technical experts.

This is a full time, 30-month position, which also attracts a tax-free budget of £5,000 for training and development.

Project description

This project represents a valuable applied research opportunity that encompasses the thematic priorities of UHI’s Environmental Research Institute, specifically Renewable Energy and the Environment (REE). The REE theme seeks to capitalise on ERI’s multidisciplinary expertise to address environmental uncertainties and issues underpinning development of the renewable energy sector.

There are significant opportunities to apply research-informed acoustic, electronic and electrical engineering methodologies to lead the design, development, test and deployment of an integrated passive acoustic monitoring system. The KTP project will facilitate knowledge transfer to the staff at Ocean Science Consulting Limited, through appropriate guidance and training.
You will need knowledge and experience of electronics system design, sensor integration, prototyping and testing, as well the ability to think creatively, with experience of designing and developing from prototype concept through to manufacturing. You should have an interest in marine science or environmental applications; an awareness of regulations on Passive Acoustic Monitoring systems and associated guidelines would be desirable, but you should have an interest in developing this understanding.

You will need to balance technical skills with commercial knowledge. Previous experience of managing large and complex projects covering multiple aspects, including time and budget management, is desirable, as is commercial awareness and previous work experience with industry.
Ideally this knowledge and experience would be evidenced through both qualifications in related areas and through professional experience. However, applicants who can demonstrate appropriate experience and understanding from either a professional or academic context will be considered.

About the business

Incorporated in 2004, Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) is a privately-owned international marine scientific research company that specialises in collection, analysis, and assessment of underwater noise and its impact on marine mammals and other wildlife, and the influence of offshore installations and other artificial structures on marine life. OSC supplies marine consultancy services during Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for a number of sectors, including energy (renewables, oil & gas, and mining), construction, fisheries, aquaculture, government, and defence. OSC also publishes in high-level peer-reviewed scientific journals. https://www.osc.co.uk/

Renewable Energy and the Environment

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

BSc and/or MSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline

16 May 2022

13 June 2022

26 June 2022

KTP Associate – Marine Acoustic Engineer


This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a relevant field covering sensing and instrumentation to work on a 30-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) and the Environmental Research Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands (ERI-UHI). The position is based at OSC’s headquarters in Dunbar, East Lothian, where you will be responsible for developing an integrated system for marine mammal mitigation from offshore developments (e.g. windfarm, oil & gas, harbour, construction, etc.). This work will involve design, research into component selection and sourcing, requirements for operations in difference jurisdictions, integrating the system components and instruments, and then testing and validating in the field.

As a KTP Associate you will lead the project, to transfer knowledge of Marine Acoustic Engineering to OSC. You will also engage with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including academic and technical teams, sales and marketing personnel, existing company customer and potential new clients; therefore, effective communication, team working flexibility and attention to detail are key requirements for the role.

Your principal duties will include:
• Delivery of project objectives as detailed in the KTP project proposal.
• Leading the evaluation of technical challenges from existing methodologies and the creation of a validated system for passive acoustic monitoring.
• Designing and developing an integrated low-power sensor system.
• Reporting technical requirements, challenges & recommended solutions.
• Maintaining an up-to-date project plan and provide progress reports for presentation at regular Local Management Committee (LMC) meetings.
• Delivering presentations to immediate project team members and technical experts.

This is a full time, 30-month position, which also attracts a tax-free budget of £5,000 for training and development.