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The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is currently searching for an Engineer II/Research Engineer to join their team. They are seeking a creative, inventive robotics engineer with electrical engineering expertise. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
The Oceanographic Systems Laboratory is a world leader in the development of autonomous underwater vehicle. The laboratory is looking for a highly motivated, creative engineer who will support continuing development of AUV capabilities. The successful candidate will be able to assist with electrical engineering of autonomous underwater vehicles.
With some supervision to achieve assigned objectives, the Engineer II 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.
With little supervision, the Research Engineer works 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, with little supervision.
  • Conceptualizes solutions to engineering problems involving analog & digital electronics, energy sources, power conversions, serial data transmissions, networking, signal propagation, etc.
  • Develops calibrates, and tests new designs and techniques, specifically working with multimeter, power supply, oscilloscope.
  • Develops computer code, microprocessor code, and uses CAD, CAE tools
  • Troubleshoots electrical & mechanical systems
  • Participates in report writing to document developments and tests. May single-author reports and articles
  • Complete occasional sea duty, up to 30 days
  • May supervise other personnel
  • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
Engineer II level*:
  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field with minimal experience, or Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field with at least 2 years of relevant experience.
Research Engineer level*:
  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field, or Master's degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field with several years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field with more than five years of related experience. In the absence of a formal degree, considerable equivalent work experience is required.
Both levels*:
  • Master's degree is preferred.
  • Previous experience in the following areas is highly desired:
    • Analog and digital electronics
    • Energy sources, power conversion and switching
    • Serial data transmission and Ethernet networking
    • RF signal propagation, antennas and shielding
    • Test equipment including multimeter, power supple, oscilloscope
    • Mechanical assembly of small and fragile and large and heavy assemblies
    • Troubleshooting electrical system problems
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
*Position level will be determined by the selected candidate's level of education and experience.
  • Must be willing to obtain and maintain a TWIC card.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain secret clearance (Must be a U.S. citizen).
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25-50 lbs, 0-5 times per day. This position is mostly sedentary by nature, and some physical tasks may include use of hands for basic/fine grasping/manipulation, kneeling, bending, stooping, and twisting. Visual abilities include near vision. Other occupational requirements include talking, working with others, ability to complete development in small team environment, and traveling. May be exposed to electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, 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.