Ocean Vehicle Operations Engineer (Research Engineer)
Job Reference14-05-01
Job TitleOcean Vehicle Operations Engineer (Research Engineer)
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has a requirement for an Ocean Vehicle Operations Engineer, to support the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) coastal Global Scale Nodes (CGSN), hired full-time at the Research Engineer level. This position will be responsible for conduction shore-based operations for the CGSN Global Fleet of Ocean Gliders and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). This position is eligible for benefits.
  • Support global fleet piloting operations, deployment, fleet management, refurbishment and asset tracking. Develop and implement response scenarios for unplanned-events.
  • Monitor and report on the status and health of CGSN deployed assets, including Ocean Gliders, AUV, Profilers and Moorings.
  • Develop and improve procedures and tools for data quality monitoring and reporting.
  • Ensure the stability and quality of the data interface between CGSN and the Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Organization of the OOI and define improvements to end-user interfaces specific to vehicle data and status.
Required attributes and skills:
  • Demonstrable experience in the planning and operation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) and/or Open Ocean Gliders.
  • Exceptional communication skills (written and oral) to lead meetings, coordinate across the CGSN Organization, and support the preparation and presentation of written briefs for internal/external dissemination.
  • Due to contract requirements all applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Desired Attributes and Skills:
  • Preference will be given to individuals experienced with glider maintenance, deployment and experience with extended campaigns.
  • Experience in management of real-time and archival data sets, research computing, data visualization, and software development skills
  • Experience with Linux and "C" programming language
Candidates should hold at least a Bachelor's Degree in engineering, ocean technology or ocean science and have more than 5 years of work experience demonstrating the required attributes and skills
Must be able to obtain TWIC Card
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to visual ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus. This is a mostly sedentary position. May be exposed to electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.
Sea Duty conditions and 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.

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