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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.


The successful candidate will join the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Sentry team (  Sentry is an operationally deployed AUV that spends 150 - 200 days per year at sea gathering data for ocean scientists.  Sentry is also under continuous upgrade including pushing the boundaries of AUV sampling, new command and control systems, and new sensing systems.  The successful individual will also work on other project related to AUVs including technology development projects for NSF, NOAA, Office of Naval Research, NASA, and corporations as and when needed.  Successful individuals may have to independently balance several projects at any one time.


Specific tasks include but are certainly not limited to:
  • Join the AUV Sentry team to develop software related to vehicle control, operations and data processing.  This may include participate in at sea activities up to 120 day per year.
  • Develop control code, GUIs, and other code for AUV operations
  • Develop device drivers for AUV operations
  • Develop data post processing tools
  • Note: This is a software centric posting and while we are looking for engineers, there will be limited opportunity for any form of hardware design or analysis at least in the first few years.
Medium term career potential includes:
  • The possibility for at sea leadership including Expedition Leader
  • The potential to work with more senior staff to propose your own ideas to funding agencies
  • The potential to manage small projects
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 will need to have the same attitude.
Must be highly creative when it's time to be creative but must be able to become highly focused and effective as deadlines approach.  Failure is not an option and neither are late projects.
This position requires an extremely strong ability to learn rapidly and independently with intermittent mentorship


Engineer I level*:

  • BS in an Engineering discipline plus substantial coding experience in C/C++ either through school, work or hobbies.                    
Engineer II level*:
  • Master's degree in an engineering or appropriate field or several years of relevant work experience.
  • •    Prior experience with C/C++ is mandatory.
  • •    Prior experience with data processing in python or matlab is desired
  • •    Prior experience with acoustic or other oceanographic data is desired
  • •    Prior experience with GUI programming is desired
  • •    Electrical/Electronic debug skills are strongly desired

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


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a TWIC card
  • Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident. While not initially required individuals able to obtain SECRET clearance or previously cleared are desired.


Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to ability to lift up to 25-50 lbs independently, 2-3 times per day, including lifting above the shoulder. Carrying between 25-50 lbs, 3-4 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, reaching above and below shoulders. 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.