Senior Environmental Sensing Technician (Enterprise and Research)

The University of Southampton

Technical Staff (Geography & Environmental Science)


Highfield Campus


£34,314 to £41,931

Full Time Fixed Term (3 years)

Closing Date:  

Monday 03 July 2023



The School of Geography and Environmental Science is seeking a senior environmental sensing technician to provide day-to-day operational leadership of the Environmental Sensing at Southampton (ES@S) facility, which sits within Southampton Geospatial.

ES@S is home to state-of-the-art equipment such as mobile laser scanners, Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles, Autonomous Surface Vehicles and MultiBeam Echo Sounders. You will work alongside world leaders in the application and processing of high resolution geospatial survey techniques, leveraging the facility to grow our enterprise and research activity.

The role 

You will be responsible for day to day leadership of ES@S, providing technical support and advice on the application and processing of specialist environmental sensing equipment and data. The successful applicant will be familiar with these type of specialist survey tools and moreover able to process the data, creating custom data processing workflows and scripts where necessary. A vital part of the role will involve identifying and engaging with external clients as ES@S seeks to grow its enterprise activities. You will be responsible for organising and undertaking field data collection campaigns in the UK and overseas to support research and enterprise projects. 

You will report to the SoGES Technical Manager, who will provide support and guidance in your role and be mentored by the directors of ES@S, Geodata and Southampton Geospatial, providing ample opportunities for continued professional development and involvement in enterprise and research activities. The role is initially fixed term for three years, but we anticipate extending this depending upon performance and success in attracting enterprise activity.

About you

You will have excellent technical and communication skills, with the ability to manage your own workload and specific expertise in some form of survey and environmental sensing techniques. You will be a positive and proactive problem solver with the ability to manage a mixture of field and office based tasks, ranging from deploying Rigid Inflatable Boats to collating quotes and reports for clients. You will be a strong team player, but also be self-sufficient and able to work independently.

A full driving license is essential to travel to local, national and occasionally international sites.

What we can offer you

The University of Southampton is a signatory of the Technician Commitment and a partner affiliate of the National Technician Development Centre (NTDC) .  We are committed to supporting our technical staff and offer a wide range of opportunities including networking, mentoring, training, professional registration and career development.

We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We select candidates based on merit and ability and aspire to thrive in the diversity of our workforce.  We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role and we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities.  

Application procedure 

Informal enquiries about the post are welcome and should be directed to Peter Morgan ([email protected] ; SoGES Technical Manager and line manager for the post) or Dr Julian Leyland ([email protected] ; Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Director of ES@S).

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call the Recruitment Team on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email [email protected]

Further details:

We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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