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#112319 R&D Engineer 1

Filing Deadline: Mon 10/25/2021

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The Marine Physical Laboratory division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking to hire a Research and Development Engineer 1.

Under direct supervision, the R&D Engineer 1 is responsible for conducting coastal oceanographic research, air-sea interaction studies, and naval hydrodynamics research, and research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) of expeditionary sensors: assists in the design, fabricate, and test of mechanical and electronic instrumentation systems for observing the ocean in fixed and underway deployment scenarios.

The incumbent shall:

  • Prepare and test mechanical and software configurations for oceanographic equipment with a focus on autonomous platforms (autonomous underwater vehicles (Remote Environmental Measuring UnitS (REMUS)), wave-glider and unmanned aircraft) as well as ADCPs, CTDs, scanning laser ranging system (e.g. LIDAR), echo sounders (e.g. Reson T-50 multi-beam)

  • Coordinate the preparation and execution of field expeditions and laboratory measurements

  • Assist in the design, programming, and maintenance of computer code for real-time data acquisition

  • Obtain the ability to conduct advanced operator training tactics, techniques, and procedures in support of emerging undersea operations

  • Perform data analysis and graphic production for journal publications and conference presentations

  • Participate in the preparation of materials for technical reports, proposals, scientific publications, and oral presentations.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Overtime may be required.


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

  • Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the field. Knowledge of REMUS (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS) functionality.

  • Analytical skills, and strong skills in attention to detail. Ability to communicate effectively with technical and scientific personnel. Ability to prepare and print materials for technical reports, proposals, scientific publications, and oral presentations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Analytical and judgment skills to conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner. Ability to work with others under demanding conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to track and accurately describe and document revisions of firmware and sensor assemblies.

  • Willing to assist in shipboard operations including over-the-side deployment of oceanographic equipment.

  • Ability to track the performance of deployed environmental sensors.

  • Ability to provide data support to, and liaison with, existing and future data users regarding environmental sensors.

  • Ability to assist with sensor assemblies and manufacturing by detailing parts assemblies and creating bill of materials (BOM) for raw materials.

  • Ability to relay learned skills to non-University personnel in the use, maintenance, and deployment of sensors.

  • Experience with mechanical engineering design software packages (i.e. Solidworks, AutoCad)

  • Experience with data analysis programming languages (i.e. MATLAB, Python)

  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machines.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • California Driver's License.

  • At-sea &/or remote location work (5-7 trips per year).

  • Remote-site and/or at-sea operations for field testing and experiments for up to 30 days at a time.

  • Able to obtain and maintain secret security clearance.

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

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