Senior Software Engineer

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US-MA-Woods Hole

Job Summary

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Senior Software Engineer to join the Ocean Observatories Initiative’s Cyberinfrastructure (OOI-CI) Software Team within the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department (AOPE).  This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. 


The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is a science-driven ocean observing network that delivers real-time data from more than 900 instruments to address critical science questions regarding the world’s ocean. OOI data are freely available online to anyone with an Internet connection.  The CI team develops and maintains software that processes instrument data into and out of the Python, Java and Linux based software stack.


OOI is recruiting qualified candidates for a position in software engineering in support of processing and disseminating large amounts of ocean observing data.  This individual will be contributing to many aspects of the software development lifecycle such as requirements, architecture, code development and testing.  The work will involve support of the existing codebase, Cassandra and Postgres database pair, 3rd party open-source applications and development of new systems as well as troubleshooting at all levels.


A successful candidate, with modest supervision, works creatively and independently to establish objectives, meet deadlines, and complete difficult assignments by demonstrating full competency in one or more development areas; assists substantively in planning technical aspects of new architectures, as well as design, testing, and QA/QC of the software stack.


The internal working title for this position is Senior Engineer.


Essential Functions


  • Develop and support code in multiple languages and environments with Java, Python and Linux being the primary
  • Work with both internal and external stake holders to gather requirements and provide support
  • Troubleshoot processing issues in development and/or production environments
  • Execution of testing plans and analysis of QA/QC results
  • Write documentation both within code and externally
  • Perform and/or support software migrations
  • Research new processing methods and conceptualize them into solutions

Required Software Engineer skills/capabilities:

  • >10 years professional experience as a Software Engineer developing and supporting code
  • 5+ years professional experience programming in Java and/or Python
  • Experience developing in (and for) a Linux environment
  • Experience with version control (specifically Git) and adhering to a desired workflow involving online tools such as BitBucket or GitHub
  • Experience implementing and utilizing open-source tools
  • Experience troubleshooting code and system functionality in complex hardware-software systems
  • Strong technical writing & documentation skills, both inside and outside of code
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to report status & progress weekly
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively on tasks
  • Ability to work professionally and respectfully alongside a diverse team


Non-Essential Functions:

  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • Senior Software Engineer --- Master's degree in computer science or appropriate field with minimal experience, or Bachelor's degree in software engineering or appropriate field with >10 years of relevant experience


Desired Software Engineer skills/capabilities:

  • Experience with development of testing plans and general QA/QC functions
  • Experience in developing software for the collection of scientific data
  • Experience with uFrame platform and EDEX server
  • Experience understanding new (to you) programming languages
  • Experience developing web-browser-based tools and User Interfaces utilizing UX techniques
  • Experience with databases utilizing SQL and NOSQL structures such as PostgreSQL and/or Cassandra
  • Ability to identify and fix inefficiencies in software-hardware configuration processes

Special Requirements


  • Must be a US Citizen

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status (vaccination plus booster) in order to begin employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 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, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

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.



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