Scientist – Experimental Oceanography/Robotics at NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE)

Italy, La Spezia


CMRE is an executive body of the Science and Technology Organization (STO) and is governed by the provisions of the STO Charter. Within the framework of the STO in-house delivery business model, the CMRE will organize and conduct scientific research and technology development and deliver innovative field-tested S&T solutions to address the defense and security needs of the Alliance.

The CMRE Research Department conducts research to characterize the ocean natural and contextual environments along its variability and uncertainty. A special emphasis is given on the use of robotic heterogeneous networks to map and monitor the undersea domains through the use of targeted sensing for reconnaissance and data driven modelling. Ocean surface, littoral/near shore regions and above water applications are also envisioned. Research efforts are to be conducted in developing new autonomy and navigation solutions, enhanced platforms derived from ocean glider vehicles and smart sensors and payloads capable to intelligently optimize sampling for area characterization. Efforts are also to be given on network control using local and reach back facilities and to derive data driven estimation of environmental fields (both natural and contextual). This work is to be integrated with the other CMRE research on METOC and weather and sensor performance prediction in order to deliver inputs to stochastic environmental analysis and prediction tools, combining prior solutions with the multi-scale heterogeneous information from databases, local organic assets, remote sensing and the CMRE robotic networks. Outcomes are to improve static and dynamic Tactical Environmental Pictures, within NATO end-user frameworks.

Under the guidance of the Department Head or Programme Managers, the incumbent will be responsible to Support the Centre’s research and work in close collaboration with the Department Head, Programme Managers and Project Leaders on the overall coordination of the assigned tasks, projects or programme of work within CMRE.

The scientist may be assigned as Project Leader/Work Package/Team Leader, and/or perform individual research within a specific scientific area and also within different Programmes of Work or Projects.

Reports to : EKOE Programme Manager or Project Leader.


The incumbent develops and coordinates the scientific projects/PoW linked to environmental characterization emphasizing the development and use of robotic heterogeneous networks, sensor and smart payload developments and data driven modelling. He/She will be responsible for the daily coordination of the assigned PoW and might include the role of “Scientist in Charge” during the at-sea phases of the project. The incumbent may be involved in activities in support to the CMREcommercial functions, through the identification, preparation and execution of future projects funded by different sponsors, including NATO agencies but not limited to, and mentor junior scientists and staff.


Management Activity:

  • Management, mentoring and performance evaluation of subordinate staff assigned to the Project;
  • Responsibility for supervision and completion of deliverables on all Project activities;
    • Creation of Project Highlight Reports including subordinate work packages and compilation of quarterly deliverables and other payment triggers;
    • Creation of the follow-on Project Management Plans (PMP) in consultation with the Programme Manager, Director of Programmes and customers;
    • Creation of other PMPs as appropriate for new business falling into the mandate of the modelling domain;
  • Management of project’s resources (finances and personnel).

Scientific Activity

  • Perform scientific activity;
    • Design, propose, coordinate and execute scientific activities in the domains of regional and local environmental characterization, robotic heterogeneous networks, sensor and smart payload developments and data driven modelling;
    • Responsible of the timely delivery at the expected quality of the assigned Project deliverables;
    • Designing and leading multinational field experiments as Scientist in Charge;
    • Performing on the subordinate work packages as a work package leader as appropriate;
    • Publishing CMRE reports and, where appropriate, journal articles in the peer-reviewed literature;
    • Actively working within the CMRE scientific community to enhance scientific synergies and efficiency.
  • Enhance and promote CMRE scientific credibility:
    • Represent the EKOE from robotic heterogeneous networks for regional and local characterizations, sensor and smart payload developments and data driven modelling perspectives, including the presentation of Project results at NATO meetings and academic and industrial conference.


Supporting the Business Development and Marketing activities such as preparing and presenting the project work and team skill set to high-level visitors and organizing and hosting relevant conferences falling within the mandate of the Project

  • Interacting with high-level decision makers within NATO navies and within the NATO commands;
  • Setting up and running Joint Research and/or Multi-National Projects with the Nations;
  • Propose and integrate teams engaged in proposing, defending and conduction research and development activities to transition technology to operations;
  • Propose, defend and coordinate writing, reviewing and validating proposals to NATO, national research sponsoring agencies and industry;
  • Being proactive in identifying possible new projects/ customers linked with the scientific community (EU, Consortia etc.);
  • Promoting and maintaining close relations with other scientists or military staff concerned with similar or related problems within the CMRE and in national or international scientific establishments and military headquarters.


  • Flexibility Clause: A flexibility clause should be included stating that the incumbent may be required to perform other related duties as directed. ‘Other duties’ should be similar, albeit in a different organisational element, to that which the individual normally works;
  • Deployment/Travel: The incumbent can be required to undertake deployments at short notice and in excess of 30 days duration in support of military operations and exercises, and/or on TDY assignments, both within and outside NATOboundaries, if linked to an accepted employment contract stating this. Such deployments may be up to 183 days in any period of 547 days. It may be required to perform duties on-board of CMRE’s or others scientific vessels.


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Application deadline: 4th December, 2016.

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