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$59,700.00 - $92,000.00 / Year
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Days, 6 hrs/day, Mon-Fri

#119013 R&D Engineer 2

Filing Deadline: Fri 10/7/2022

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 and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/27/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/07/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This is a 75% contract position until summer 2023.


Under direction, independently responsible for electronic and hardware design, development and assembly of computer-based instrumentation and data acquisition systems for oceanographic research. Develops electronic schematics and circuit boards for digital and analog circuitry using Altium or similar tools. Develops computer and data acquisition software for oceanographic research using Matlab, C, and Fortran. Coordinates technical staff in manufacturing and orchestrates quality control of data acquisition systems. Provides development and design resource and experience in communication technologies. Acquires and analyzes recorded data in the laboratory based on developed experiments. Assists scientists in analysis of scientific data including software design, data retrieval and data preparation/presentation. Arranges and participates in at-sea and field experiments and engineering tests. Participates in sea-going operations, being at sea from 1 to 4 months per year.

Uses professional engineering concepts to perform moderately complex engineering assignments. Works in a specialized engineering field on a major training and / or research effort. Works on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.


  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity. B.S. degree in Engineering or related scientific field and 3 years related engineering experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Competence in developing integrated computer-based data acquisition systems, computer and data acquisition software.

  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Experience to communicate and interact productively with scientific, technical, and administrative personnel.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.

  • Proven experience to perform crucial engineering tasks under stressful and difficult environmental conditions (e.g., at sea).

  • Advanced proficiency in the use of computer-aided design software. Other computer skills necessary are an understanding of operating systems including UNIX, MS-DOS, Windows and Mac OS and UNIX based computer systems.

  • Experience with C, Matlab is essential. Experience with C++, C##, Fortran.

  • Experience to accurately convey project plans and to coordinate testing and implementation of systems. Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience at developing electrical schematics and circuit boards using Altium or similar CAD methods.

  • Experience with design and programming of embedded microcontrollers.

  • Experience with analog circuit design, layout, and soldering/assembly.

  • Knowledge of Java.

  • Electro-mechanical assembly skills.

  • Practical experience on board ships of various displacements; including typical shipboard operations- mooring operations, underway operations, loading and unloading and processing cruises.

  • Maintain knowledge of current mooring technological issues.


  • Passport required for seagoing operations and travel to foreign ports.
  • California driver's license.
  • Ability to obtain forklift driver certification, 4500-pound rating minimum.
  • May spend from one to four months at sea each year in remote locations and under adverse weather conditions.
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds.

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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