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R/V Falkor (too) – Hiring Job Description – ROV Senior Pilot Technician (Electronics)

Start date for tendering position: 5 April 2024
End date for tendering position: 26 April 2024
Start date: 1 July 2024, subject to minor change.

During the tendering time frame, we will collect CVs. Interviews for the shortlisted candidates will be held in the week after the tendering end date. Due to the number of anticipated applicants, the Company will usually only communicate with those shortlisted for interview.

What we offer:

  • Position: ROV PT/Sen PT (Electronics)
  • Permanent / Temporary Positions
  • Work Place: Research Vessel “Falkor (too)” –
  • Rotation: Typically 2 months on/off. Paid Leave: 1 day of paid leave accrued per 1 day worked.
  • Medical Insurance: Yes.
  • Flights: Economy flight from home airport to vessel and return home paid by Company.
  • Accommodation: Assigned cabin with an en suite bathroom. This cabin may have double occupancy.
  • Contract: Seafarers Employment Agreement as per Marine Labor Convention.
  • Employment Company:  SPS Maritime Ltd – a Cayman Islands company.
  • Vessel’s Flag: Cayman Islands.
  • Probation period: 3 months.
  • Training: The company provides training based on position, vessel requirements, and other factors.
  • Interesting deep sea ocean science work on a 110 m length research vessel (worldwide operations).
  • Ever-changing challenges in varying scientific cruises with international teams of scientists.
  • High quality of life on board with a wide variety of food and recreational facilities.
  • Working with an international and enthusiastic crew who have a good team spirit and positive “can do” attitude.

Job Description: 

  • Perform all ROV offshore and dockside operations, including any defined maintenance periods, as well as system maintenance and equipment integrations.
  • Provide guidance to other ROV and shipboard personnel, ensuring they are appropriately trained offshore and competent for tasks undertaken.
  • Ensure all ROV operations are carried out in accordance with appropriate procedures, and assist in the development of procedures where necessary.
  • Perform and support ROV personnel evaluations and competence training plans.
  • Liaison and communicate with Science Support Services Senior Manager and Company management and shipboard lead personnel and scientists related to operational tasks.
  • Perform the integration of all ROV equipment, scientific sensors, and samplers.
  • Complete system and cruise paperwork (e.g. inventory, technical/status/safety reports, dive logs, etc.).
  • Inventory and stock control of the system spares and consumables.
  • Perform supervisory duties as required.
  • Perform other technical services, as and when needed, in relation to the mission of the Ship.
  • Being familiar with all assigned safety and security duties, both at sea and in port.

What we look for:

  • Enthusiastic, safety-conscious team worker who shares in the team spirit on board.
  • Ability to conduct tasks independently and to a high professional standard.
  • Positive attitude towards other crewmembers, scientists, and guests (it is extremely important that the candidate will fit in with the crew), and an overall appreciation and support of the objectives of other shipboard departments.
  • The ability to work extended hours and remain flexible, within MLC requirements, while at sea in remote locations on at-sea voyages of up to two months in duration.
  • Going the “extra mile” to adapt to the special demands of a research vessel on every expedition.
  • Interest in oceanographic science and a positive attitude towards the marine environment.
  • Thinking outside the box; new ideas and initiatives which are realistic and viable are always welcome.

General Requirements for all crew:

  • Valid STCW95 Basic Safety Training
  • Valid Seafarers Medical Fitness Certificate (ENG1 or equivalent recognized by Cayman Islands)
  • Seafarer’s Discharge Book
  • Passport
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • Good communication skills, including English language speaking and comprehension
  • Negative drug test result on first day of employment
  • Clean Criminal Record
  • Clean background check verified prior to employment

Specific requirements for this position:

  • Technical Qualification in Electronics
  • The ability to demonstrate the relevant ROV experience (3+ years)
  • The ability to perform maintenance and repairs on electronic, electrical, optical, hydraulic, and mechanical systems, including the use of test equipment
  • Computer Hardware/Software/Operating Systems Knowledge
  • Good ROV Piloting & Manipulator Skills
  • Knowledge of appropriate steps to analytical problem-solving
  • Ability to establish and maintain project priorities

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter expressing interest and a comprehensive resume / CV that clearly illustrates why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Submit to and