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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world's leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives.   The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is currently searching for a Sensor Development Engineer to work with a cross-disciplinary team focused on developing biogeochemical sensors and instrumentation for ocean and environmental applications.  Areas of interest include the ocean carbon system, coral reef health, microplastics, sea level rise, and deep ocean exploration. This is a broad posting targeting engineers with interest/experience in various aspects of sensor development.  Significant duties include designing, prototyping, testing, and characterizing various sensor systems on the lab bench, and subsequently deploying and validating them at sea.  Familiarity with optics or optical sensing is beneficial but not essential.  A desire to propose and pursue novel ideas and technologies is encouraged.  This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.    Job Level  This is an entry to early career level position designed to encourage the connection and application of academic training to results-oriented projects in support of scientific and research activities. Initially this position will have direct supervision to achieve structured and assigned objectives, and is expected to later expand to broader and more independent tasks.  The candidate will be expected to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking, along with a proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles.  The ideal candidate will have at least one area of specific engineering expertise (electrical, mechanical, ocean technology, computer science, or software), with demonstrated basic familiarity in a second area.  Entry level candidates will be expected to learn new skills rapidly.    The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II.  The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.    
Job ID
2022-1772
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is establishing an Imaging Technology Laboratory (ITL) and seeks a senior technical leader to lead the initiative. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits. The primary goal of the ITL is to create a center of excellence to serve the technical imaging needs of WHOI and the broader oceanographic community.   A secondary goal of the ITL is to support Institutional outreach and communications efforts.  A successful candidate will build a forward-thinking imaging capability consisting of the key human and technical resources as well as infrastructure to serve the community of stakeholders with imaging requirements.  The Institution will provide initial start-up funding for the ITL; it is expected that the leader of the ITL will achieve a financially self-sustaining operation over time through competitive grant funding, either in collaboration with scientific proposals or on a stand-alone basis.   This role is recognized as a leader in the field by functioning as an independent researcher and/or manager. Has full responsibility for project tasks requiring application of management skills and authoritative knowledge of appropriate underlying scientific principles and practices for engineering projects; uses and creates advanced techniques and, instrumentation, and creates modifications and extensions of theories, precepts, and practices relevant to the field in which the incumbent is recognized as a leading authority, and/or provides management and superior leadership of a group of technical staff members.  
Job ID
2022-1756
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Firmware and Software Engineer to join the Advanced Engineering Lab within the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.   The Advanced Engineering Laboratory, located in a waterfront facility in Woods Hole, consists of engineers and technicians who work on a wide range of oceanographic systems including autonomous undersea vehicles, autonomous surface vehicles, underwater acoustics and communications, and complex sensors for physical oceanography, chemistry and biology. Within the lab, multiple groups develop cutting-edge technology for scientific and US Navy applications, and take that technology from initial prototype to complete product.   The position requires an engineer with significant hands-on experience with programming embedded micro-controllers and working in a Linux environment.   The Firmware and Software Engineer will work within an engineering team in the development, test and fielding of complex assemblies for many applications as described above, including acoustic signal processing, data telemetry, robotics, and instrument control. The work will include feature additions and maintenance within existing code bases, as well as clean-sheet designs for new projects and applications. In addition to software development skills, a reasonable amount of electronic hardware skills are required as well, including an understanding of wiring diagrams and schematics, experience with meters and oscilloscopes, and ideally, debugging tools such as logic analyzers and extensive use of JTAG. Engineers in this position are also expected to work with many types of sensors whose interfaces may include I2C, RS-232/485, CAN, SPI and understand the principles of DMA and interrupt service routines.   The position will include projects that take multiple forms, including working with a team that includes other engineers and a project manager, or, operating independently with a scientist and a group of graduate students or post-docs. Domestic and foreign travel up to several times per year for several weeks is typical, but not always required. Time at sea on small coastal vessels or large research craft will likely be required. The successful applicant will also have a strong interest in the ocean and marine environment, ocean-related sciences, and robotics for scientific and US Navy applications.   The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer II, or Research Engineer. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 
Job ID
2022-1746
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Electrical Engineer to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.   The role of this position consists of working in an electronics design and manufacturing environment primarily supporting the Applied Propagation Physics (APP) group in the Ocean Acoustics & Signals Laboratory (OASL) of the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering (AOP&E) Department.  This role will also support the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Electrical Engineering Laboratory and the AVAST (Autonomous Vehicle and Sensor Technology) program.  The work for the OASL-APP group would be the next phase in the development of the 3-Dimensional Acoustic Telescope (3D-AT), upgrading the data collection and signal processing components as well as the power systems. The OOI Electrical Engineering Lab is responsible for maintaining a wide array of electronics, telemetry systems, wiring harnesses, and sub-sea cables.  The electrical hardware consists of distributed embedded systems, Linux single board computers, primary, and rechargeable batteries, as well as a variety of satellite based, and line of site telemetry. The AVAST program is an initiative providing subject matter expertise and specialized fabrication and testing spaces for multiple highly-technical projects at WHOI.   The primary role of this position is that of an Electrical Test Engineer, reporting to a Lead Electrical Engineer from the individual project.  Responsibilities include, with limited supervision; design and build of components, develop and implement test procedures, troubleshooting and repair of all electronic, electrical, and computer-based equipment.  Responsibilities may include the management of technicians to complete these duties.  Candidate must be familiar with a wide variety of electronics test equipment; oscilloscopes, multi-meters, and command line interfaces.    3D-AT: https://www.whoi.edu/press-room/news-release/whoi-awarded-1-million-3d-acoustic-telescope/   The internal working title of this position could be Engineer I or Engineer II.  
Job ID
2022-1731
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Robotics Engineer to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.   The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department (AOPE) is a unique collection of scientists, engineers, technical support personnel and students conducting research into ocean processes from the turbulent surf zone to the abyssal depths. This research encompasses air-sea interaction on local and global scales, mixing processes, sediment transport, estuarine and coastal hydrodynamics, ocean acoustics, underwater communication, internal waves, signal processing, mooring dynamics, and physical-biological processes. AOPE engineers design a wide array of instruments, vehicles, and observing systems that extend the reach of WHOI scientists and the entire oceanographic community to the furthest depth and breadth of ocean research and exploration.   The internal working title for this position could be either  Engineer II, or Research Engineer. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.    Engineer II: With some supervision to achieve assigned objectives, identifies and participates in engineering projects in support of scientific and research activities through the demonstration of one or more specialized skills. Will be expected to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking, along with a proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles.   Research Engineer: With little supervision, works creatively and independently to establish objectives, meet deadlines, and complete difficult engineering assignments by demonstrating full competency in one or more engineering areas; assists substantively in planning technical aspects of experiments, as well as design, testing, and use of major system components.    
Job ID
2022-1728
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Engineer I, to join the Physical Oceanography Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.   The successful Candidate will join an interdisciplinary team building and sustaining a global array of profiling floats as part of the Argo program. Argo is an international program that collects information from inside the ocean using a fleet of robotic instruments that drift with the ocean currents and move up and down between the surface and a mid-water level. Each instrument (float) spends almost all its life below the surface. The interdisciplinary team at WHOI contributes to both the core physical oceanographic array that measures temperature and salinity, as well as the growing biogeochemical array which includes chemical and biological sensors to monitor ocean health and carbon uptake.   The final level of the position and track will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience. WE ENCOURAGE APPLICANTS WITH EITHER A PHYSICAL SCIENCES OR ENGINEERING BACKGROUND TO APPLY.  
Job ID
2022-1725
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineering Assistant to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.   The Engineering Assistant will provide electronics and mechanical support for construction, laboratory testing, operation, field installation and maintenance of scientific instruments and platforms, primarily in ice-covered oceans.  Will participate in the organization, interpretation, and summary of test results and acquired experimental data using computer programs.  Requires substantial sea duty (including strenuous labor) in cold regions in late winter and summers.   The internal working title for this position could be either Engineering Assistant I. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 
Job ID
2022-1717
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Electrical Engineer to join the Alvin Submersible Engineering and Operations Group. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for full benefits.   Alvin is the world’s most renowned human occupied submersible, continually operating since its commissioning in 1964. For over five decades, and 5000+ dives Alvin has advanced our understanding of the Earth’s ocean environments, uncovering many significant scientific discoveries along the way.   The Alvin Group is currently seeking a highly motivated, technically competent and responsible Electronics/Electrical Engineer to join our operations team. With supervision, a successful candidate applies electronic/electrical aptitude and acquired knowledge of established procedures to the maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of vehicle related equipment used in the operation and support of the Alvin submersible. This is a physically demanding position requiring the ability and willingness to spend six-to-eight months per year at sea. The remainder of the year’s workload would be at the institution and requires a local residence. After an initial training period, the position would allow for minimally supervised maintenance on the vehicle, and additional qualifications to perform key submersible support roles. Exceptional candidates will be entered into the Alvin Pilot in Training program with the goal of completing qualifications as Alvin Pilot in Command.   This is an entry-level position designed to encourage the connection and application of academic training to results-orientated projects in support of scientific and research activities.  Initially this position will have direct supervision to achieve structured and assigned objectives.   The internal working title for this position is Engineer I.  
Job ID
2022-1698
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Robotics Engineerto join the Scibotics Lab within the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department (AOPE).  This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.   The Scibotics Lab’s main focus is developing innovative solutions for oceanographic research using ocean robotics, particularly autonomous technologies.  Our workflow balances between conceptualization, design, fabrication and field operations in many complex oceanographic environments.  Some applications include biological and physical surveys, mapping, under-ice exploration, environmental anomaly detection, and filming of megafauna. Our lab places a large focus on developing backseat autonomy capabilities with sensors and software.  The Scibotics team operates in a creative and exciting workspace from creation of ideas to deployment in the field.   The Robotics Engineer will perform a wide range of mechanical design and system testing tasks related to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and their subsystems. The position will include both mechanical (70%) and systems (30%) engineering, with a focus on detailed design of mechanical systems,  as well as integration of various electrical subsystems, sensors and power sources. Excellent writing and communication skills for both team collaboration and publishing reports and papers and proposal writing are desired.  The successful candidate with have proven leadership skills necessary to work with and eventually lead a team of technicians and engineers through a design project or field cruise.  All members of our team are expected to spend time both in the office or lab and in the field.   Preparation, troubleshooting and repair, and operations of ocean vehicles is a major component to our lab’s workflow.  Field operations range from test missions in local waters to multi-week cruises on research vessels to support science, exploration, or disaster response and support military research and development.  Some previous missions have included oil spill response, locating shipwrecks, mapping unexplored parts of the ocean, and studying sharks and sea turtles.   Past project sponsors include National Science Foundations, NOAA, Office of Naval Research, DARPA, BSEE, Discovery Channel, Department of Homeland Security (DHS -U.S. Coast Guard), foreign governments and philanthropic organizations.    The internal working titles for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II.  The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate’s level of education & experience.      
Job ID
2022-1681
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Mechanical-Electrical Technicianto join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department - Advanced Engineering Laboratory. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. The initial term will be for one year.   The Advanced Engineering Laboratory is consists of engineers and technicians who work on a wide range of oceanographic systems including autonomous undersea vehicles, autonomous surface vehicles, underwater acoustics and communications, and complex sensors for physical oceanography, chemistry and biology. Within the lab, multiple groups develop cutting-edge technology for scientific and US Navy applications, and take that technology from initial prototype to complete product.     The Mechanical-Electrical Technician will work with an engineering team in the development, assembly and test of complex assemblies for oceanographic systems. The work will include fabrication of prototypes and limited production runs, development of construction processes, documentation of procedures, and supervision of other assembly technicians.   More specifically, the Mechanical-Electrical Technician will undertake tasks, including, but not limited to: ordering parts, performing mechanical assembly of pressure housings and piping systems, assembly of printed circuit boards into pressure housings and connecting wiring harnesses, moving equipment between labs and test facilities, basic quality control and organizing of parts for assembly, plus helping with preparation of equipment for shipment. Remote work at field sites or other contractor facilities for up to several weeks per year is likely.   The internal working title for this position could be either Engineering Assistant III or Senior Engineering Assistant I. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 
Job ID
2022-1666
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Mechanical or Electro-Mechanical Engineer  to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for full benefits.   The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is recruiting candidates for a new position with a focus on mechanical, electro-mechanical, robotic and acoustic systems for deep-sea applications.  The work will involve mechanical design, development, assembly, test and troubleshooting of new and novel subsystems for use on autonomous undersea vehicles. Required qualifications include strong CAD skills, mechanical system analysis, and some experience with materials and fabrication processes (machining, 3D printing, welding, waterjets, etc.).   Skills and experience that are highly desirable include: - Previous work in a high-tech production facility or research and development environment. - Experience in working with machine shops (either outside facilities or in-house) to quote, order, monitor and inspect parts. - Production of ASME Y14.5 drawings (Dimensioning and Tolerancing). - Experience with mechanical analysis techniques and software, for example, ANSYS. - Experience with systems under pressure, pressure measurement, flow control, O-rings, fastener selection and sizing, basic corrosion and other aspects of design and operation of underwater or process control equipment. - Experience with electrical wiring and harnesses, plus basic schematics. - Use of micro-controllers for motion control, basic sensing, actuation and sensor monitoring. - Interest and experience in the marine environment and work at sea. The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 
Job ID
2022-1663
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently seeking seasonal Engineering Technicians to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department for the 2022 summer period (May - August 2022).   These are temporary, casual, non-exempt positions and are eligible for casual benefits.    Summer hiring positions provide technical assistance to mechanical and electrical design engineers by performing maintenance, testing, and repairs to electrical or mechanical systems.      Engineer Assistant I Level: With close supervision, uses established procedures to perform prescribed tasks related to the engineering support of oceanographic research.   Engineer Assistant II Level: With some supervision, applies acquired knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, and use of equipment in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic research.   Engineer Assistant III Level: With little supervision, applies a broad knowledge of established procedures to the assembly, testing, or calibration of equipment developed and used in support of engineering projects related to oceanographic instrumentation.   The internal working titles for these positions could be Engineering Assistant I, II, or III.  The final level of these positions will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience.  
Job ID
2022-1643
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a world leader in all things subsea, from groundbreaking ocean science and discoveries, to cutting edge subsea technology for the government, military and private sector.   The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is searching for an Electrical Engineerto join the Advanced Engineering Lab (AEL). The AEL comprises a diverse, world class team of engineers working on a wide variety of oceanographic projects including developing optical communication systems for autonomous underwater vehicles and sensors that help scientists and engineers understand the ocean for research and practical applications. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.   The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 
Job ID
2021-1573
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole
Are you interested in contributing to advancing our understanding on Earthquakes in the world’s oceans and putting your hands-on state-of-the-art seismograph equipment? Combine the challenges of technical problem solving in electrical components within various seismogram with the excitement of sailing on research vessels and join us! The Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC: : https://obsic.whoi.edu) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) seeks to hire entry-level electronics technicians. We provide Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBS) and the technical expertise to operate seafloor seismic experiments all over the world for the academic research community. OBS instrumentation records earthquake-induced and artificially-generated ground-motion and pressure signals while deployed on the seafloor for durations of up to a year or more. We would like you to join our science-operations effort in the lab here at WHOI and at sea to complement the current team of engineers and technicians.   Candidates will be considered for Engineering Assistant I-II level, which is a part of WHOI’s promotion ladder. This is a regular, full-time position (eligible for benefits). OBSIC is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and collaborates with US Geological Survey through a corporate agreement.   
Job ID
2021-1447
Category
Engineering
Location : Location
US-MA-Woods Hole