Engineer I/II
Job Reference14-03-05
Job TitleEngineer I/II

The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is searching for an Engineer I/II to join their team. This is a regular full-time position and is eligible for benefits.

Education and Experience will determine level of hire.

Due to ITAR regulations, applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents.


-with supervision: write, modify, and debug data processing. vehicle control, and device driver software in python, matlab, perl, C, C++, and BASH

-In the course of development and debug, interact directly with hardware and other software tools. The ideal candidate will have a sufficient theoretical background to develop simple algorithms from first principles and or implement other people's published algorithms given sufficient mentorship.

-Assist in maintaining data storage, processing, and network architecture.

-Deploy to sea 3- 5 months per year with systems you have developed, or those developed by others

-Process geophysical, acoustic, navigation and other data using established and new pipelines and tool chains

-Assist in all aspects of at sea operations including physical set up, launch, recovery, pre/post dive, etc

-develop documentation for both internal and external use describing your accomplishments

- Substantial experience with python, matlab, c and c++

-Substantial experience with Linux - debian minimally preferred.

-Hands on experience with instrumentation and hardware specifically including rs-232, network protocols, and ability to set up simple power and communications test circuits.

A significant commitment to success of the program and the mission will be required 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 (for example, rebuilding the entire electrical system of the vehicle, at sea, in 72 hours, after a fire and flood) and any long term part of the group.

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to lifting up to 50 lbs independently (75 with assistance) above the shoulder, shoulder to knee, knee to floor. Lifting over 50 lbs with assistance - variable times per hour/day. Carrying up to 50 lbs independently and over 50 lbs with assistance - variable times per hour/day. Visual requirements include depth perception, ability to see peripherally, ability to adjust vision to bring objects into focus, ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include ability to hear and understand directions and warnings in a noisy environment. This position requires manual dexterity and mobility, the ability to use hands for fine/basic grasping and manipulation, occasional reaching/stooping/bending/kneeling and crouching, may need to crawl under and around vehicles including use of step ladders for access to heights. You may be exposed to excessive cold/heat and or humidity, dust or other irritants, grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, odorous chemicals or specimens, high location, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions and prolonged working hours. 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.


At least a BS in engineering or computer science with a very strong hands on background in both. An acceptable candidate may have an unrelated degree provided that they can show at least five years of highly relevant work and provide examples of prior work.

This is NOT a PhD level position.

WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially

Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance

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