Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$63,400 - $83,250 / Year
Rosecrans Street
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, M-F in port, Variable at sea

#122195 Geophysical Engineer

Extended Review Date: Thu 3/21/2024

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Must be willing and able to spend up to six (6) months of the year at sea in one to two month increments.



Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego is one of the most important centers for global earth science research and education in the world. Scripps scientists work to understand and protect the planet by investigating our oceans, Earth, and atmosphere to find solutions to our greatest environmental challenges. Scripps leads research in climate change impacts and adaptation, resilience to hazards, conservation and biodiversity, oceans and human health, national security, and innovative technology to observe the planet.

The Geophysical Engineer is responsible for the design, development, and operation of the geophysical instrumentation, data acquisition, and data processing of ship mounted 3.5 and 12 kHz echosounder systems, towed magnetometers, compressed air sound sources, multi­channel hydrophone streamers, and digital acquisition systems. The position assists with the maintenance and operation of multibeam echosounder systems. The marine mammal mitigation program is under the direction of the Geophysical Engineer during research expeditions; reports of sightings, observations and results of data recorded at sea are overseen by the position. They also will assist with the preparation of environmental compliance documentation for state and federal agencies. Incumbent also interacts with scientists in planning, organizing and carrying out major research expeditions insuring quality of service and support in accomplishment of the scientific mission.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is also eligible for full: 1) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance 2) Vacation/Holidays 3) Life Insurance 4) UC Retirement Plan.

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About Shipboard Operations and Marine Technical Support:



  • Thorough knowledge and experience with engineering principles and methods to independently perform the full range of engineering professional design work.

  • Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.

  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical, mechanical and computer systems to identify and isolate problems.

  • Experience with UNIX and microcomputer operating systems, including shell and batch file programming.

  • Knowledge of the design, fabrication, testing and repair of complex electronic circuits.

  • The ability to communicate effectively with, and work cooperatively with, a broad range of ships' crew and technical and scientific personnel.

  • Experience working with large instrumentation systems on research vessels, which includes safety aspects of operation.

  • Demonstrated ability to instruct users on use of analytical instrumentation.

  • Practical knowledge of the theory and operation of compressed air sound sources, including the installation and towing of arrays.

  • Experience with seismic and magnetic data acquisition systems.

  • Ability to interpret geophysical data from seismic and magnetic acquisition systems.


Ability to plan, organize and carry out major research expeditions.


  • U.S Passport Required

  • Must be able to travel globally without restrictions.

  • Must obtain a transportation worker identification credential (TWIC) issued by the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Must be capable of lifting and moving moderate weights in port and at sea.

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

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $82,500 - $151,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $39.51 - $72.56

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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