Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineer II/Research Engineer to join the Geology & Geophysics Department. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
The Ocean Bottom Seismometer Instrument Center (OBSIC) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution seeks to hire a full-time, electronics engineer at the Engineer II level. Exceptional candidates may be considered at the Research Engineer level. OBSIC provides Ocean Bottom Seismographs (OBS), and the technical support to operate them, to the academic research community. You will join a group (https://obsic.whoi.edu) committed to advancing the performance and reliability of OBS in order to support discovery of the earth's internal structure and its dynamic processes such as earthquake faulting and volcanism. Advances in data logger performance, autonomous timing, acoustic and optical telemetry, and the availability of new low power, low-noise seismic sensors provide the opportunity to design a new generation of OBS with greater capability and longer recording durations.
Under the supervision of more senior OBSIC staff, participate in the design, maintenance, and operation of Ocean-Bottom Seismographs (OBS) and related support equipment. Assist in mobilizing/demobilizing sea-going seismic experiments. Participate in sea-going experiments.
With some supervision to achieve assigned objectives, 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, 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.
Seeking an engineer with background in several of the following areas:
Analog, digital, and power circuit design
PCB design, layout, fabrication, and testing processes
Debugging and testing, both in the lab and in the field
Low-power, low-noise analog systems.
Serial and Ethernet communication
Experience writing embedded code in C/C++
As deemed necessary by supervisor
Familiarity with ARM/CORTEX controllers
Cadence Allegro/OrCAD Capture and PCB Editor
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
Ph.D. in related engineering field, or Master's degree in an engineering or appropriate field with several years of related experience, or Bachelor's degree in an engineering or appropriate field with more than five years of related experience.
Participate in sea-going experiments for approximately 1-2 months per year; typical cruise durations are ~30 days or less
Must work well in a coordinated fashion within a team, both in the lab and at sea
At sea, must have the ability to work constructively and communicate clearly with the science team and marine crew
Good command of spoken and written English
Must have a valid US driver's license
Must have a valid passport or be eligible for a passport
Must have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) or be eligible for a TWIC
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift 25-50 lbs independently; carry 25-50 lbs. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, stooping, and climbing ladders/stools. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, excessive heat or humidity, grease and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, odorous chemicals or specimens, high location, extended periods at sea, severe weather conditions, and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.
SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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Internal Number: 3342694
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