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The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities.
Today our scientists and engineers make important contributions to understanding the earth's climate cycles with satellite and in situ sensing of ocean winds, currents, and air-sea fluxes; observations of Arctic sea ice, its variations and effects on mid-latitude oceans; and ocean tomography that reveals how the abyssal ocean mixes and sequesters carbon. APL-UW continues to lead research in the basic and applied physics of sound—from sonars used to probe the geology of the deep ocean floor to hand-held high-frequency focused ultrasound devices to image and stop internal bleeding without surgery.
APL-UW has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer in the Environmental & Information Systems (EIS) to support signal processing programs, with emphasis on low-power/high-performance applications in fielded maritime systems.
EIS is one of eight research departments at the APL-UW. EIS develops new methods for environmental observation and new tools for data analysis and signal processing. EIS’s three core research areas are: acoustics and signal processing; environmental sensing and modeling; and, information and control systems.
This position will involve development of Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) technology. The work will entail development of behaviors based on the integration of sensor systems with marine UMS that may operate on their own or in collaboration with a heterogeneous vehicle team. The tasks will largely be in development of software from microcontrollers running on marine systems to shoreside management on cloud computing infrastructure. The position will involve preparation of UMS for deployment, field work, data analysis and review, simulation, development and low level system diagnostic and debugging. As a field going position, group participation in sustained UMS deployments is to be expected, with a share of operations responsibility. Sustained operations can occasionally require significant system triage and rectification with no advanced warning.
- Development of software for autonomous underwater vehicles, sensing systems and shoreside interfaces and control of both - Autonomous underwater vehicles testing and sustained operation (preparation, fieldwork, post mission analysis) - Managing contributors to projects - Participation in testing and field operations of developed systems - Development of documentation for developed systems - Participation in conceptual development of future systems for planning and project development - Contribution to proposal writing and preparation, presentations, peer reviewed publications, fund raising, program reviews
Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering plus 4 years of experience including:
- Strong signal processing background. - Experience with detection, classification, localization, and tracking (DCLT) algorithms. - Experience with algorithm implementations with low-power/high-performance environments. - Strong software skills in C or other high level languages, as well as lower level environments (e.g., assembly). - Ability to acquire and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
- Experience in ocean acoustic theory, modeling, and measurement. - Experience in sea-going experimentation.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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