Research Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Portsmouth
  • This position has been filled.

Website SubSea Craft Ltd

Advanced Maritime Technology

Research Engineer


Position: Research Engineer


  • Salary: £40,000-£50,000 DOE
  • Full Time
  • Permanent


Who we are: SubSea Craft is a fast growing, privately-funded, UK-based SME delivering Advanced Maritime Technology. We leverage our team’s defence experience with cross-industry partnerships in the field of advanced naval engineering. Our flagship product, VICTA, is a Diver Delivery Unit – a surface submersible craft designed to operate at speed over range and capable of rapid transition beneath the surface to operate submerged, enabling the discreet delivery and recovery of divers. It is a unique, innovative British product focused primarily on the defence market but with utility beyond.

What we offer:

  • Private Healthcare with optional family cover
  • Life Assurance (4 x salary)
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Unlimited Paid Holiday
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Pension contribution
  • Flexible Working
  • A culture of diversity and innovative thinking


Responsibilities will include:

The SubSea Craft Research and Development department delivers against the requirements of the Business Plan, and the overarching company strategic objectives by:

  • Providing contextual analysis of our commercial operating environment and applicable technology themes
  • Enabling and supporting the technology development pipeline by
    • Using research to contextualise opportunities and problem sets
    • Identifying potential solutions and identifying and leveraging the necessary partnerships and networks to succeed
    • Using experimentation and engineering design to prove ideas and concepts
  • SubSea Craft are recruiting a research engineer to help drive the foundation projects that underpin our technology roadmap. This job role, primarily focussed on technologies at readiness levels 1-4, includes:
  • Operating environment and technology analysis papers, achieved through literature reviews, conference, and trade show attendance
  • The design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of research to prove or disprove elements of development roadmap
  • Formulation of technological concept solutions
  • Proof-of-concept of fundamental technologies
  • Support to wider engineering team in early stages of design process
  • Collaboration with commercial team to evaluate commercial potential through market research
  • Carry out other duties as may be reasonably be required by SubSea Craft management.

Note: Due to the nature of work undertaken at SubSea Craft, the selected candidate must be capable of meeting the security requirements of the position, which would include as a minimum the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), with Security Check likely for specific projects.


Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

No. Attribute Rating Source
1 Specific knowledge and experience    
1.1 Problem solving – the ability to independently design, conduct, analyse, and communicate engineering research projects E AF, I
1.2 A good understanding of the fundamentals of data science E AF, I
1.3 Experience in employing engineering design principles in a research context E AF, I
1.4 Experience in MATLAB- or Python-based data analysis D AF, I
1.5 Experience in engineering simulation software D AF, I
1.6 Experience in commercially driven research and development projects D AF, I
2 Skills and attributes    
2.1 Strong written and verbal communication skills E I
2.2 Ability to drive allocated projects independently and as part of a team E AF, I
2.3 Ability to communicate complex ideas to technical and non-technical audience E I
2.4 Project management and leadership experience D AF, I
3 Qualifications    
3.1 Postgraduate research degree (e.g., MRes or PhD) E AF
3.2 Engineering undergraduate degree E AF

E – Essential, D – Desirable, AF – Application Form, I – Interview


Note: Due to the nature of work undertaken at SubSea Craft, the selected candidate must be capable of meeting the security requirements of the position, which would include as a minimum Existing right to live and work in the UK, Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), with Security Check likely for specific projects.*


Values: Our people are our greatest asset, we continually strive to provide an excellent working environment to enable our team to do their best work. We have an agile professional workforce: we are founded on the belief that our people are valued and our business is trusted, inclusive and commercially-adept.







What we expect from you:

  • Teamwork, mutual respect and collaboration
  • Initiative and independent working
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Business and commercial awareness
  • Agility, adaptability and continuous development

We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. Please bear in mind that if you are selected for an interview we will aim to contact you within 14 days of your application or the closing date (if stated). However, if we think that your skills and qualifications may be suitable for other similar positions we may hold your details on our database and contact you in the future. Please let us know if you do not wish us to keep your details on file.

*Please note that DBS, Driving Licence and reference checks will be carried out and all offers of employment are subject to meeting our requirements.

Our mission is to secure the competitive advantage through the accelerated research, development, and delivery of maritime technology.