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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for a Mechanical-Electrical Engineer to join the Acoustic Communications Group within the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department (AOPE). This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
The Mechanical-Electrical Engineer will perform a wide range of design and fabrication tasks to support multiple programs in underwater acoustics and Arctic sensing systems. The position will include both mechanical (70%) and electrical (30%) engineering, with a focus on detailed design of mechanical systems and integration of multiple electrical subsystems, sensors and power sources.
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.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently seeking seasonal Engineering Assistants to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department for the 2020 summer period (May - August 2020). These are temporary, casual, non-exempt positions and are not eligible for benefits. The internal working titles for these positions could be Engineering Assistant I/II/III. The final level of these positions will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education and experience.
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 Oceanographic Systems Laboratory (OSL) in the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering (AOPE) Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was founded in 1989, and is a world leader in the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). OSL began working on AUVs in 1993 and has developed multiple REMUS AUV designs that are used extensively for military, scientific and commercial applications.
This position will most likely be internally classified as a Senior Scientist, Principal Engineer, or Senior Program Manager based on qualifications and experience. OSL consists of a creative team of over twenty talented and motivated engineers, technicians and managers that continue to develop, innovate and operate autonomous underwater vehicles with the support of an essential administrative staff.
The lab manager’s role is to provide the leadership and vision to allow the OSL team to be successful by staying abreast of the latest technology, cultivating relationships with sponsors to develop new funding opportunities, adapting and changing with customer needs, and creating a work climate to sustain momentum in an ever-changing laboratory and research environment.
General responsibilities will be to foster a work culture which will allow the team to generate successful ideas and proposals, communicate capabilities with clarity and purpose, ensure technical excellence in all projects and meet critical deadlines. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment in support of the Institution’s belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components that support our institutional excellence. Additionally, the successful candidate will have proven success in leading teams and managing similar organizations and/or programs. The lab manager will work with the team to evolve the vision of future AUV research to include platforms, propulsion, navigation, sensors, autonomy and man-machine interfaces. This collective vision will be used to guide development proposals and focus efforts on next-generation underwater vehicles with greater persistence and autonomy than presently feasible. Implementing this vision will require the ability to create a highly collaborative work environment with extraordinary technical skills across all of the core disciplines in autonomous vehicle research, including mechanical and electrical engineering, hydrodynamics, power and energy management, reliability and software systems. This person will have deep technical knowledge and experience in one or more of these core areas. The desired candidate will have direct experience assessing the needs of and application uses by the existing autonomous vehicle customer base, including the U.S. and international science community, the U.S. Navy and the offshore survey and exploration industries.
Looking for a little more adventure and challenge in your career? How about designing equipment to work while submerged at 10,000 psi or fixing your mistakes in the dark on a moving ship north of the Arctic Circle? Want to work on cutting edge underwater robots for both scientific and military applications? Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a world leader in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology. Not only do we design and build some of the most unique and advanced vehicles in the world, but we take everything we build into the field and test it in the crucible of the ocean. Successful candidates will have a mix of design, build, and field work with worldwide travel potential, significant challenge, and generous annual and cruise leave policies offering a true work-hard/play-hard opportunity. We are looking for not only a jack of all trades, but also a master of some who can make unique contributions within the group.
Candidates will work primarily within the VAST (various autonomous subsea technologies) group within the Deep Submergence lab but will have opportunities to cross pollinate into other projects within the Deep Submergence Lab, the National Deep Submergence Facility, and other vehicle groups at WHOI. Members of this team all spend time both in the office/lab and in the field and tend to take designs from concept all the way to the field. Field operations within the group tend to be focused on testing but in the broader lab missions also include science, exploration, and disaster response with VAST members often taking part in these other activities.
The VAST group is involved in a large number of (primarily) federally funded projects aimed at improving human robot interaction, deploying AUVs in novel environments, and application of AUV technologies to other pressing problems. The current mix is approximately 70% defense related projects and 30% science and exploration related projects so candidates must be comfortable with the defense mission.
This position is an Electrical Engineering position with design, build, and troubleshooting responsibilities. Candidates will need to be able to work broadly in computing, digital circuitry, timing, imaging, DC power, A2D systems, general communications, wiring and cabling and other fields as needed. Various subject matter experts are available to help with any particular point, but the successful candidate will be able to quickly assimilate knowledge from various sources and then design and execute a solution in a wide variety of sub-disciplines.
Specific tasks include but are certainly not limited to:
- Work on various other AUV development projects including defense-related projects.
- Design and build DC power systems, timing networks, imaging systems, actuator control, sensor inputs, computing systems, etc
- Develop small-scale embedded control boards and other devices including potentially writing microcontroller firmware in C/C++
- Troubleshoot prototype systems in the field in high-pressure situations.
- Manage communications systems including RF, serial, and acoustic links as well as basic TCP/IP networks.
- Support field operations and testing
- A working knowledge of Linux-based, python or C++ software development will open up additional opportunities within the group as well.
This group values work life balance with reasonable and flexible work hours, generous annual and cruise leave policies and a universal sense of adventure. However, a significant commitment to success of the program and the mission will be required during crunch time particularly while at sea. This is a group 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 vehicle is ready or not.
Appointment will be made at a pay-grade commensurate with experience, education, and expected responsibilities. It is anticipated that this position will be at either the Engineer I or Engineer II level
This is an entry 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.
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.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for two Software Engineers to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. These are regular, full-time, exempt positions and are eligible for benefits. The level of this role will be determined by the selected canddiates level of education and experience. The candidates will be hired into a Engineer I, II or Research Engineer role.
The Deep Submergence Laboratory (DSL) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is looking to hire a software engineer to join our team. DSL designs, builds, and operates underwater robots with unique science-focused capabilities for the ocean sciences community. Our submersibles are used around the world in some of the deepest parts of the ocean to survey and collect scientific samples and data. Our development and operational goals are focused on providing the tools and assets necessary for users to investigate the world’s oceans. More information can be found at: https://ndsf.whoi.edu/
The Software Engineer will work directly with the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry capable of exploring the ocean down to 6,000 meters. The AUV Sentry program requires engineering support for both on-shore engineering and at-sea field operations. At-sea field operations can require significant travel. Candidates will be expected to spend up to 100 days a year in the field, total time away will not be consecutive.
With some supervision to achieve assigned objectives, the Engineer II position identifies and participates in engineering projects in support of scientific and research activities through the demonstration of one or more specialized skills. This position will be expected to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking, along with a proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles.
With little supervision, the Research Engineer position will work 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.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Electrical Engineer I/ Electronics Technician to join the Alvin Submersible Engineering and Operations Group. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position and is eligible for benefits.
Alvin is the world’s most famous and prolific 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 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (http://www.whoi.edu/) has announced a new initiative to accelerate the pace of advanced technology development in support of ocean science and exploration. The Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering department is seeking to recruit more of the world’s best to invent and develop cutting edge technology in the service of global ocean science. WHOI provides a superb environment for close collaboration between science and technology, with unparalleled access to the ocean, broad intellectual freedom, and an international reputation for excellence. We are seeking to hire at least one candidate from technology disciplines broadly relevant to ocean science including engineering, chemistry, biology, ocean physics, geology computer science or other relevant fields. We are specifically looking for candidates who will develop and run independent applied research programs that are synergistic with the mission of the Institution, to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Analog Engineer for our open Engineer I/II or Research Engineer position in the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department in our Advanced Engineering Laboratory. Join our robotics group designing underwater communications systems. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a world leader in all things subsea, from groundbreaking ocean science and discoveries, to cutting edge subsea technology for the government. Here at WHOI you will work with world class scientist and engineers in a dynamic fast paced environment, to contribute to science and technology that makes a difference in our world.
This position is an Electrical Engineering position with emphasis on high speed analog circuitry. Embedded software and FPGA skills are a plus. Candidates will need to be able to work broadly in computing, digital circuitry, timing, imaging, DC power, A/D systems, general communications, wiring and cabling and other fields as needed. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.