Geophysical Engineer

Position: Remote Geophysical Engineer

Qualification: Degree in Geoscience or Geophysics.

Location: Remote in Ireland or the UK. Occasional travel to site or the XOCEAN Technical Centre


XOCEAN is an ocean data company – we collect data for clients ranging from mapping the seabed to monitoring the environment. However, we do this differently, instead of using conventional crewed survey ships, we have developed a marine robotic system known as an Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV).


Responsible for the online system set-up of geophysical sensors (SSS, Magnetometer, SBP), geophysical data collection, data QC & technical support across multiple USVs.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Data Quality Control – Monitoring of the SSS/SBP/Magnetometer data being captured using online survey tools across multiple USV’s.
  • Survey System Setup – Remotely and in-person travel to Ireland to assist in hardware & software configuration during USV commissioning, mobilisation, calibration and technical troubleshooting of issues seen with the hardware
  • Liaise with software and hardware developers to continually improve the R&D of our acquisition systems
  • Geophysical asset management to include maintenance plans and tracking
  • Remote data acquisition and online QC of towed Side-scan Sonar, Magnetometer & shallow Sub-bottom Sensor data.
  • Assessment of survey results and adjustment of any geophysical aspects of the survey acquisition as required.
  • Technical report writing and client interaction.

On occasion this role may involve:

  • Managing and maintaining Quality, Environment and Health and Safety standards.
  • Implementing, maintaining, managing, and updating all standard operating procedures and processes appropriate to the role.
  • Online surveying on projects in shifts. Support with Bathymetry data acquisition.
  • Side scan sonar data processing including seabed picking, interpretation, production of mosaic and seabed features.
  • Shallow 2D Seismic processing and interpretation.

Requirements: Essential Skills / Attributes and Experience

  • Degree in Geoscience or Geophysics.
  • Active acquisition experience of MBES, Side-scan Sonar, Magnetometer & Shallow sub-bottom Sensors.
  • In-depth knowledge of survey IT and networking and survey calibrations
  • 3 years Marine Survey Experience.
  • Strong computer literacy (Configuration of sensor equipment required).
  • Enthusiastic, positive and proactive nature with a keen attention to detail.


  • Applicants must demonstrate how they meet the essential criteria. Desirable criteria may be used for further shortlisting.
  • We thank all candidates for their interest, however due to very high volumes, only those who are selected for further consideration, will be contacted directly.
  • To be eligible for this position you must have a valid working visa / permit to work in Ireland or the UK.
  • Closing date for applications is 27 November 2023.
  • Please apply online and follow the instructions, or submit your CV to