Jim Bacon

        Software Developer Jim Bacon on his laptop in the robotics laboratory with an AUV

Software Developer

I am an engineer with an enthusiasm for the natural environment. I am delighted to write software to support the scientific aim of SAMS and am eager to take on new challenges to develop my capabilities.

Contact details:
  • james.bacon@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 249

My role is to provide technical development support to the scientific mission at SAMS. I have an exceptionally broad range of experience in software development from low-level programming of electronics to full-stack development of web-based applications including mobile applications.

I am interested not just in the software but in the development of whole instruments used by SAMS and their deployment.


Current projects

I am currently working full time on the Oceanids C2 project. At this moment (Feb 2019), I am trying to provide real-time feedback on measurements taken by underwater robots to highlight unexpected results. This can be used to focus attention on places where something out of the ordinary is happening while the robot is on the scene. The idea is that this will help scientists make new discoveries about ocean processes.



2003 BTEC Diploma Foundation in Art and Design. West Suffolk College

1992 MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering. Cranfield Institute of Technology

1987 BA Engineering Science. Oxford University


Employment history

Since 2018: Software Developer. Secondment to SAMS

2007-18: Website Developer. Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

2006: IT Contractor. Issac Newton Group Telescopes

2003-06: Library Manager. Suffolk County Council

1998-2002: Senior Software Engineer. Technographic Displays

1995-98: Software Engineer & Project Manager. Invision Microsystems

1992-95: Electronics Test Engineer. W Vinten

1990: Volunteer. Frontiers Foundation

1988-90: Civil Engineer. St Edmundsbury Borough Council