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#111623 R&D Engineer 1

Filing Deadline: Fri 9/24/2021

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit:

This is a 100% contract position for one year with the possibility of extension or conversion to career status.


Under supervision, responsible for the assembly, modification and upgrades of oceanographic sensor and survey systems (i.e. UAS). Assist in research of appropriate subsystems and subsystem upgrades. Assist with bench and field testing to ensure proper function and to determine best methods to capture data. Develop metadata reports and materials for technical reports, proposals, and scientific publications. Process, analyze and plot lab and field data; perform quality control; write data acquisition and processing programs. Perform fieldwork: prepare, deploy, and operate beach survey systems; read and interpret data, install, operate, maintain and recover oceanographic instrumentation. Operate and deploy Unmanned Aerial Systems (AUS) and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) in support of data acquisition. Operate small boats, ATV, and waverunner. Troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electronic equipment.

Uses professional engineering concepts. Develops and proposes engineering plans and specifications for equipment and instruments with limited scope and complexity. Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.


  • Basic knowledge of engineering principles and methods to perform entry-level professional engineering functions. B.A. or B.S. in Engineering, Physics, Math, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawings, electronic schematics, and manufacturer's data.

  • Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the field. Theoretical knowledge of Oceanography, Global Positioning System (GPS), electronic engineering principles, and data collection. Knowledge and understanding of GPS satellite navigation.

  • Knowledge of wave mechanics and climate principles. Knowledge of the design, testing, and deployment of oceanographic data acquisition systems and instrumentation.

  • Analytical skills, and strong skills in attention to detail. Basic knowledge of mathematical techniques appropriate to the design and testing of survey and sensor systems. Demonstrated experience using technical software for instrumentation communication, calibration, and data processing (i.e. Terminal Editors, Pix4D, RieglSuite,ArcGIS, Matlab).

  • Analytical and judgment skills to conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations. Demonstrated knowledge of and demonstrated experience in working with terrestrial and bathymetric data.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data to determine and recommend electronic system improvements and integration.

  • Knowledge of and experience with Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR).

  • Demonstrated strong PC based computer skills, including knowledge of data downloading andtransfer protocols. Demonstrated experience using Windows, iOS, and Matlab. Demonstrated experience writing programs in Matlab and other languages.

  • Demonstrated experience working with oceanographic instrumentation in the surfzone and coastal ocean.

  • Certified scuba diver with ability to obtain SIO research diver certification to a depth of 60’.

  • Demonstrated experience with ohmmeters, voltmeters, ammeters, oscilloscopes, soldering tools, and printed circuit board assembly. Demonstrated experience with power supplies and various battery chemistries and form factors.

  • Demonstrated experience operating small boats (less than 25’) and waverunners in coastal waters, especially under adverse conditions, and demonstrated ability to operate responsibly and in a safe manner. Demonstrated knowledge of safe shipboard and shoreside working procedures.

  • Demonstrated experience with hand and machine tools, both common and specialized, for fabrication and maintenance of equipment. Strong knowledge of how tools work, how to operate them safely, and proper tool selection.

  • Demonstrated experience with micrometers, and calipers.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner. Excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to interact using tact and diplomacy with diverse personalities including academics, staff,and students along with government representatives, private organizations, and the public.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated skill to communicate clearly, effectively, tactfully, and patiently in person, on the telephone, and in writing. Ability to present a positive impression in person, on the telephone, and through writing.

  • Experience driving pickup and stakebed trucks, and operating forklifts and ATVs in a responsible and safe manner.

  • Must be able to move heavy instruments, equipment and supplies.


  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen to fly a UAS (drone) at UC San Diego. Ability to pass FAA drone pilot exam and visual observer physical examination. Must pass a military background investigation.
  2. Requires a full background check including DMV check for driving record and valid driver's license.
  3. Must be willing to work overtime; occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  4. Ability to obtain SIO research diver certification of 60’.
  5. Must be willing to work in the surfzone and at remote field sites for up to 4 weeks at a time, several times per year. Must be able to operate University owned fork lifts.
  6. Ability to pass the ATV Safety Institute Rider Course.
  7. Position will involve physical labor for both field work and everyday tasks.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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