Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
59,700.00 - $103,100.00 / Year
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri (with occasional weekends/holidays)

#121192 R&D Engineer 2 / 3

Filing Deadline: Wed 2/8/2023

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  • Payroll Title: RSCH AND DEV ENGR 2, Hiring Salary Range: $59,700.00 - 92,000.00/Year

  • Payroll Title: RSCH AND DEV ENGR 3, Hiring Salary Range: $63,400.00 - $103,100.00/Year

This recruitment will remain open until filled.


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.

Additional duties:
-As a member of a university research and development group, participate 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, complex mechanical systems and oceanographic moorings.
-This position will have primary responsibility for mechanical design, mooring design and at sea deployment and recovery of oceanographic equipment for this research group.
-Assist in the maintenance, modification and operation of existing instrumentation systems.
-Assist with planning, preparation, shipping, mobilization, and demobilization for at-sea experiments.
-Participate in deployment, recovery, testing, servicing and operation of oceanographic equipment at sea.
-Participate in preparing technical reports, grant proposals, scientific publications and oral presentations.


  • 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.

  • 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 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 on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).
  • 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)
  • Passport required for travel to foreign ports
  • Ability to operate forklift and obtain operator certification
  • California driver’s license
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to obtain secret security clearance
  • Per University of California policy PPSM 21-Appointment, this position has a background check requirement and offer of employment is contingent upon candidate clearing the background check process.

Pay Transparency Act Full Salary Range: $63,400 - $142,800 Annually

The University of California, San Diego is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Expected Pay Scale. Placement within the Expected Pay Scale is determined by internal equity, relevant qualifications, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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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