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#115010 R&D Engineer 2 / 3

Filing Deadline: Mon 6/6/2022

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Position will be filled as a Research Administrator 3 level or RA 2 level based on candidates' experience and qualifications.

This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.


The Marine Physical Laboratory division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking to hire a Research and Development Engineer (level 2 or 3).

* The incumbent shall be responsible for the design, fabrication, assembly, maintenance, testing and deployment of scientific instrumentation.

* As a member of a university research and development group, participates in the development of oceanographic instrumentation in support of seagoing research in ocean acoustics.

* Assist Principal Engineer in the specification and development of instruments at the system level.

* Design and build custom mechanical components and complex mechanical systems.

* Assist in the maintenance, modification and operation of existing instrumentation systems.

* Assist with planning, preparation, shipping, mobilization, and demobilization for at-sea experiments.

* Participates in deployment, recovery, testing, servicing and operation of oceanographic equipment at sea with the goal of eventually taking primary responsibility for at-sea deployments and recoveries.

* Participate in the preparation of technical reports, grant proposals, scientific publications and oral presentations.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds


  • Thorough knowledge and experience with engineering principles and methods to independently perform the full range of engineering professional design work. The focus of this position will be mostly on mechanical design and the mechanical aspects of oceanographic instrumentation and systems.

  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Knowledge of commonly accepted and effective mechanical design practices.

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

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Ability to read, create and understand schematics, mechanical drawings, spec sheets, MSDS sheets and other technical documents.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.

  • Ability to lead and influence others.

  • Experience designing custom mechanical components using SolidWorks.

  • Ability to assemble, evaluate, modify and test mechanical and electrical components on the bench. Proficiency with lab tools required for these operations.

  • Experience with operations aboard research vessels including over-the-side deployments of oceanographic equipment. Requires knowledge of shipboard deck equipment and rigging such as electric and hydraulic winches, cranes and A-frames as well as the safe use of synthetic line, cable, chain, pulleys, sheaves and bridles.

  • Knowledge of physics and mechanical engineering principles as applied to oceanographic research (force analysis for moorings and deployments, strengths of materials and corrosion properties for aluminum pressure cases and array structures, drag and strum of deployed lines and instruments, working and breaking strengths of cables and synthetic lines, etc).

  • Demonstrated ability to function independently and provide innovative approaches to problem solving and process development.

  • Ability to work at remote locations and under adverse conditions for extended periods (up to 5 weeks per experiment).


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

  • Passport required for travel to foreign ports

  • California driver’s license

  • Ability to work at sea for up to three months per year and function under adverse conditions

  • Occasional overtime and long hours (usually during at-sea experiments)

  • Ability to operate forklift and obtain operator certification

  • Ability to obtain 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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