Computing Technician - Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

University of Southampton

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Position type:

Full time


£25,217 to £30,046

09 Sep 2020
13 Oct 2020

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Reference number: SOU-1290220DA

The Command Team Experimental Testbed (ComTET) is a program of work tasked with providing evidence-based recommendations for change to optimise the design and operation of submarine control rooms of the future. The work examines a range of issues from a socio-technical systems perspective including (but not limited to); optimisation of HMI, automation, teamwork, control room configuration, applied psychophysiology, information flow (human-human-technology). The ComTET team will be conducting a series of experiments using the control room simulator at the University of Southampton.

You will join our Human Factors team with academic and commercial partners, as part of the ComTET program. The Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL) funds this program of work.  The overarching aim of the work is to provide evidence based recommendations to stakeholders and sponsors regarding maximisation of training whilst examining wider command and control issues including evaluation of new team structures, allocation of system functions, ways of working, communication media, interfaces, job aids and work design. Throughout the project, consideration of Human Factors aspects of new technology solutions will inform decisions and design. 

The post will involve assisting with the design and running of human in the loop experiments, development and management of bespoke software packages, analysis of data and contributing to stakeholder reports and publications.  You will be required to provide technical support relating to the development of novel software (e.g. user interfaces and analysis tools) to be utilised as part of broader human-in-the-loop testing cycles. 


To be successful you will have a minimum skill level equivalent to achievement of HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 with proven work experience acquired in a relevant technical support role and job related training. It is essential that you hav experience of coding using C++ and C# software with OOP principals. 

Please note:- the funder requires all those working on the project to be British Nationals.

This post is full time fixed-term until 31 March 2022, initially, with the potential for an extension based on funding.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Stanton on

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

**upon appointment your job title will revert to Technician.

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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