At HR Wallingford, we design smart, resilient solutions across the natural and built environments to help everyone live and work more sustainably with water. By harnessing research, data insights and the power of our collective expertise, we help the world to better understand the changing influence and impact of water.

Due to our continued success, we are recruiting for a Senior/Principal Engineer or Scientist to join our Ships and Dredging Group and take a leadership role in our ship navigation and mooring related research and consultancy projects. This position requires expertise in project management, scientific analysis, engineering skills, and a strong understanding of the marine environment.

You will be responsible for leading ship navigation simulation studies using our state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators to assess and improve ship navigation safety and efficiency. Additionally, you will take the lead in ship mooring studies, utilising our extensive physical modelling facilities to analyse and optimise mooring systems in various marine environments. Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, you will ensure the delivery of high-quality project outcomes. Effective communication with clients will be crucial, as you will need to understand their requirements and deliver solutions that meet their needs. Engaging in innovative research and development activities will support the growth of our ship navigation and mooring services. Furthermore, you will contribute to business development efforts by procuring and winning new projects and cultivating relationships with national and international clients.

Your expertise and leadership will play a vital role in advancing our capabilities and maintaining our position as a leading provider of ship navigation and mooring solutions in the marine industry.

Key qualifications and skills

  • A good engineering or scientific degree in a relevant subject.
  • At least 5 years relevant professional experience and/or a higher degree in a relevant subject.
  • Proven experience of ship navigation, ship mooring and/or port operations/logistics project work and delivery.
  • A working knowledge of relevant national and international within the marine field.
  • Demonstrated ability to win and manage projects successfully.
  • Strong interest in leading research and development activities in a relevant field.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent inter-personal and client liaison skills, with effective oral and written communication abilities.
  • Skilled in short and long-term planning, with the flexibility to manage changing priorities.
  • Proactive problem-solving approach and the ability to drive progress.

Further information

The closing date for this role is 26th July 2024.

How to apply

If you are excited about this role but unsure whether you’re the right fit, we encourage you to apply. We’re also happy to answer any questions by emailing

Interested? Please apply providing your CV with covering letter. 

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HR Wallingford are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

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