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The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities.
APL has an outstanding opportunity for a Principal Mechanical Engineer.
The purpose of the research projects that the Principal Mechanical Engineer supports varies from understanding oceanographic and ocean acoustics phenomena; solving complex applied ocean engineering and marine robotics dilemmas; transitioning technology to the US Navy; to optimizing marine renewable energy technologies.
This position is a Principal Investigator (PI) for the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL or Laboratory). The PI will lead a research program that includes Naval Facilities Command (NAVFAC), Department of Energy (DoE) and Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored applied engineering research at the unclassified and classified level. In addition, the incumbent will participate in the projects of other PIs across the Laboratory, whether as an individual contributor or as a technical lead. This research conducted by this position will initially focus on marine hydrokinetic energy (MHK) and marine renewable energy, but may expand or evolve in response to areas of interest to the sponsor and/or the incumbent, or to the engineering needs of the Laboratory as a whole.
This position will hold both strategic leadership and daily operational responsibilities for this research program, including:
Research Activities: Ocean Engineering Design & Analysis
Plan, lead, manage, and execute APL sponsored research activities; 85% of this work will be on the PI’s own sponsored projects: develop then implement research plan and budget; 15% of this work will be on other PIs’ projects: develop then implement plan for engineering-related work.
Provide direction to researchers in the execution of sponsored research activities (e.g., feasibility of design, engineering, or fabrication concepts; use of alternative engineering approaches; recommendations for future design improvements).
Work with researchers to conceptualize and design systems to solve oceanographic, acoustic, marine renewable energy, US Naval and marine robotics problems and dilemmas.
Perform stress analysis using both analysis software (e.g., ANSYS FEA) and empirical equations.
Engage with the APL Machine Shop and technicians in the fabrication, assembly, integration and testing of systems and parts, provide clear communication and documentation across all phases of the design-build-deploy-recover-maintain cycle.
Specify and procure commercial off-the-shelf mechanical materials, parts and assemblies.
Plan, manage, and execute fieldwork, including mobilization; at-sea installation, data collection, troubleshooting, and recovery of systems; demobilization; and “post mortem” analysis of system functionality and design improvements.
Prepare technical reports and presentations of research results to sponsors.
Manage research activities on time and within budget.
Make significant contributions to Ocean Engineering department (OED) strategy by actively participating in OED leadership meetings and retreats; delivering sponsor visit presentations and tours; attending proposer day funding events; recruiting, hiring and mentoring OED staff.
Identify funding opportunities and plan and lead responses (e.g., author or contribute to proposals for independent or collaborative work; serve as Principal Investigator or as a member of other PIs’ projects).
Doctoral degree in Mechanical or Ocean Engineering or closely related discipline. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.
At least (7) seven years of experience, including: - Demonstrated experience identifying, acquiring, planning and directing sponsored research activities. - Managing multiple projects and workload to meet firm deadlines and deliverables. - Ability to manage teams of engineers and scientists. - Ability to manage collaborators/sub-awardees at other organzations (e.g., Universities, private industry). - Developing, from scratch, novel mechanical solutions to unique and complex engineering problems. - Knowledge of electromechanical systems including motors and generators. - Knowledge and experience specifying sensors and performing testing. - Knowledge and experience modeling dynamic systems and implementing controls. - Ability to analyze and interpret large data sets. - Knowledge of wave energy conversion principals and theories. - Experience with Matlab, SolidWorks, LaTeX, Microsoft Office suite, and basic programming. - Marine renewable energy system design and analysis. - Mechanical or ocean engineering design and analysis. - Computer aided design and analysis. - Basic machining, fabrication and assembly skills. - Planning, conducting and analyzing lab/bench and field testing of systems. - Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. - Ability to meet the physical requirements necessary to work at sea in small to large vessels for extended periods and willing to perform the required duties aboard ships. - Ability to work independently, and as part of a research team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities. - Ability to acquire and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
- Performing and managing complex, open-ended engineering tasks related to marine energy or ocean engineering. - Demonstrated technical writing ability with strong publication record. - Experience writing proposals. - Experience working with students and private industry. - Experience in wave, riverine, or tidal energy. - Systems for US Naval applications. - Heat transfer analysis. - Fluid mechanics. - Corrosion control. - Hydraulic systems. - Research diving.
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