Marine Robotics Professional

Amundsen Science - Ville de Québec, QC (il y a 30+ jours)

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Amundsen Science is the not-for-profit organization responsible for the management of the scientific mandate of the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. Amundsen Science maintains and operates the ship’s central pool of scientific equipment, coordinates the deployment of the icebreaker for science, provides technical support at sea for user programs, and manages data from the central science systems. Amundsen Science is currently in the process of acquiring a light work-class FET Comanche Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to support innovative benthic studies, while a Kongsberg Hugin 1000 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been recently procured in collaboration with the Takuvik Joint Laboratory.

Amundsen Science is currently seeking an experienced and motivated Marine Robotics Professional to meet its operational and maintenance needs in ROV and AUV capacity. This position will bring you to work with a diversified and highly experienced team of Arctic technicians, professionals and researchers.

The Marine Robotics Professional works under the supervision of the ship's equipment manager and in close collaboration with other technicians of the Amundsen Science team and partner organizations, primarily the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF) and the Takuvik Joint Laboratory. The responsibilities of the Marine Robotics Professional are as follows:

  • Primary responsibility: oversee the piloting, maintenance, repair and development tasks of the FET Comanche ROV system:
  • Working in a team to make the FET Comanche ROV system transportable and adapt the ROV systems (including winch and container) to other research vessels
  • Participate to additional at-sea campaigns outside of the main CCGS Amundsen expedition
  • Working in a team to ensure safe and efficient operations of the ROV system with an offshore team comprised of professionals and trainees to deliver the required ROV projects at sea for the research communit
  • Working in a team setting to install, repair and maintain the FET Comanche ROV system prior, during and after the annual CCGS Amundsen expedition, including during the sea trials and as part of the main Arctic expedition
  • Update the job safety assessment and safe working procedures for the deployment and recovery of the FET ComancheROV aboard the CCGS Amundsen and other vessels
  • Organize and manage safety of the offshore team, accident reporting, effective use of safety management system, undertake regular safety meetings and risk assessments.
  • Troubleshoot and repair ROV electrical, hydraulic, and IT systems onshore and offshore
  • Update the ROV part inventory (keeping track of parts, maintenance and repair requirements)
  • Liaise with the CSSF for the implementation and continuous improvements of technical procedures regarding the execution of ROV operational tasks
  • Writing of operational reports for annual expeditions detailing sampling procedures, equipment problems encountered and troubleshooting techniques applied
  • Monitor technological developments to improve the capability of the ROV system
  • Respond to and support scientific researchers and students from the Amundsen’s community in achieving their scientific objectives
  • Secondary responsibility: assist in the piloting, maintenance, repair and development of the AUV system:
  • Work as part of a team to deploy, pilot, maintain and develop the Hugin 1000 AUV system (training available)
  • Participate to opportunistic AUV missions aboard the CCGS Amundsen and other vessels, including mobilization and demobilization (e.g. Coriolis II, other research vessels)
  • Update the job safety assessment and safe working procedures for the deployment and recovery of the Hugin 1000 AUV aboard the CCGS Amundsen
  • Assist in the updating of the AUV system equipment inventory (keeping track of new equipment, maintenance and repair requirements)
  • Participate to the writing of operational reports for at-sea expeditions detailing data collection procedures, equipment problems and troubleshooting techniques applied
  • In collaboration with Takuvik, maintain and develop national and international collaborations in under-ice acoustic and AUV deployment in an Arctic context
  • Support other members of the ULaval AUV technical team at sea and on land as needed


  • Diploma in ROV pilot technician or any related discipline (e.g. electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, oceanography technician)
  • Experience in the piloting, maintenance, repair, and mobilisation of ROV systems
  • Experience in marine acoustic, subsea navigation, and AUV would be an asset
  • General electronic and mechanical skills, use of diagnostic tools. Hydraulic skills would be an asset
  • General computer and networking skills. Programming skills would be an asset
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite
  • Willingness and physical ability to work 4 to 10 weeks per year at sea
  • Excellent ability to work independently as well as in a dynamic team with multiple partners
  • Ease of adaptation and ability to solve problematic situations creatively
  • Be safety aware, accountable and maintain behaviour in compliance with HSE
  • Be willing to live and work in QuebecWORKPLACE:

Both Amundsen Science and the CCGS Amundsen are based out in Quebec City (Canada), but the research community that we support is national and international. This work environment requires both excellent French and English verbal and written communication skills. Refresher courses for proficiency in either of these two languages would be available


Salary to be determined based on experience ($60,000 to $80,000). Social benefit package available. Starting date: 1 May 2020. Full time. Annual contract, renewable. In accordance with stipulated requirements regarding immigration in Canada, priority will be given to Canadian citizens as well as permanent residents of Canada.


  • Extended health care
  • Flexible working hours
  • Life insurance
  • Dental care
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Employee assistance programs

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Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Salary: $60,000.00 to $80,000.00 /year


  • English (Preferred)
  • French (Preferred)