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


This position is a member of our Advanced Engineering Laboratory (AEL). The AEL group's main function is the development of oceanographic instrumentation to test developing theories in oceanography and to enhance current research projects in other disciplines within the community.


  • Embedded software engineering, in particular: C, C++, real-time executives, device drivers, assembly;
  • Digital and analog circuit design experience: High Speed, low-power, FPGA designs with analog front ends, PCB layouts, efficient power supplies and power amplifiers, coordination with outside PCB/assembly manufacturing contractors;
  • Signals and Systems, for Free Space Optical communication;
  • Debugging, testing, and field deployment skills, including working with collaborators at sea or in field locations.
  • Optics experience a plus
  • 1-2 month/year of sea duty anticipated.



Engineer I level*:

  • BS in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or related field desired, plus minimal work experience in a related field.                             
Engineer II level*:
  • Master's degree in an engineering or appropriate field with minimal experience, or Bachelor's degree in engineering or appropriate field with several years of relevant experience, or demonstrated competency as an Engineer I, or significant, progressive independence and skill development at the Engineering Assistant III or Senior Engineering Assistant levels or equivalent positions on the other technical ladders, or equivalent work experience in the absence of a formal degree.
Both levels:
  • Experience in C and C++, data analysis in Matlab, Linux shell programming, and system administration.
  • Real-time DSP experience desired but not required

*Level is based on the selected candidate's education and relevant experience.



  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TWIC card



Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 25-50 lbs independently, 3 times per day, including lifting above the shoulder. Carrying between 25-50 lbs, 4 times per day. Visual abilities to include: depth perception, peripheral vision, ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include ability to listen and respond to co-workers in noisy environments, such as docks/warehouses, where forklifts, trucks, and other moving objects are operated. Other physical requirements include occasional prolonged standing/walking, kneeling, bending, stooping, and use of hands for basic grasping and basic/fine manipulation. This position will be exposed to excessive cold, heat or humidity, dust or other irritants, grease and oils, odorous chemicals or specimens, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, high location, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions, and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.






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.

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.