Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineer I or Engineer II to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department for work on sensor systems and marine robotics. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
Tired of sitting at your desk? Looking for a job where the "field" in field robotics truly deserves to be the first word in the phrase? Looking for a place where research and technology directly intersect operations and where you can make a difference in the way we understand the planet we live on while pursuing your passion for robotics?
Join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Numerous Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), sensors and software projects are underway and are in need of dynamic technical and enthusiastic individuals with a passion for the ocean and an aptitude to learn complex systems and their applications.
Projects include autonomous vehicle projects, both deep and shallow, for both scientific and military purposes. We specialize in new technologies and new vehicles as well as ancillary underwater technologies. We offer the opportunity and requirement to serve a dual role as a technology developer/engineer as well as a vehicle operator engaged in missions of scientific and societal importance. Recent missions have included oil spill response, locating black boxes, studying sub-sea volcanoes, under-ice applications, tracking and filming randomly
moving animals in the ocean to name just a few. Duties will initially consist of supporting vehicle development, vehicle maintenance/operation, and systems integration/design. Year round participation in field operations with autonomous underwater vehicles, autonomous surface vehicles, and sensing platforms is a significant part of the job. Preference is given to applicants with the interdisciplinary expertise required for marine and robotics applications- in marine robotics, it is all hands on deck when something has to go in the water.
In addition to systems and mechanical engineering expertise, the qualified applicants must be detailed oriented and able to document complicated engineering procedures such as sensor integrations and follow up expeditions with cruise reports and publications. Working collaboratively with a team and good communication is a must. Additionally, it is expected that chosen applicant(s) can also work independently and have an 'I'll figure it out' attitude. Project management skills are a plus.
Field deployments can happen worldwide, are typically offshore, and typically range between 5 and 14 days though some deployments can be 40-50 days or more. A significant commitment to success of the program and the mission will be required particularly while in the field. This is a team that is known for going to extreme measures to make a cruise succeed even in the face of significant setbacks and any long-term part of the group will need to have the same attitude. Candidates must be highly creative when it's time to be creative, but must be able to become highly-focused and effective as deadlines approach. The ship will sail whether the software or hardware is ready or not.
Medium-term career potential includes the potential to work with more senior staff to propose your own ideas to funding agencies, as well as the potential to manage small-to-medium-sized projects. This is a systems-engineering/operations position.
System Maintenance, report keeping
Support field operations and testing
Mechanical design/CAD drawings and ability to build, test and improve designs
Candidates must be comfortable balancing multiple projects and priorities with limited supervision.
As deemed necessary by supervisor
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Minimum ·of Bachelor in Science in an engineering discipline or computer science
Substantial CAD experience
Comfortable on boats, large and small
Engineer I level*
Engineering degree or other appropriate discipline with minimal work experience, or evidence of an established, specialized engineering skill gained through experience in the absence of a formal Bachelor's degree.
Engineer II level*
Require either a MS in an engineering discipline or computer science or a BS degree and several years of relevant work experience.
*Position level will be determined by the selected candidate's level of education & experience.
Desired Experience to include (regardless of level):
Experience with acoustic or other oceanographic data
Prior Project Management experience
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Ability to obtain a Secret clearance is very strongly desired
Must be able to acquire a TWIC card
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25-50 lbs independently, 2-3 times per day; carry 25-50 lbs, 3-4 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above and below the shoulders, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include being exposed to conditions such as excessive cold, heat or humidity, greases and oils, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, hazardous substances or specimens, extended periods at sea and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.
SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTIONS:
May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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Internal Number: 3281676
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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