R&D Engineer 2 or 3 - 124422
#124422 R&D Engineer 2 or 3Filing Deadline: Wed 12/6/2023
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Must be able and willing to work at sea for up to three months per year. Occasional overtime and long hours (usually during at-sea experiments)
The title/pay level of this position will be based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate identified for hire.
The Marine Physical Laboratory division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking to hire a Research and Development Engineer (Level 2 or 3). As a member of an applied research and development and field research group, the R&D Engineer shall perform electrical/electronic and mechanical design and development of oceanographic instrumentation systems specific to underwater acoustics research and actively take part in the performance of at-sea experiments.
Additional duties shall involve:
Responsible for the design, construction, assembly and testing of complex experimental oceanographic equipment and instrumentation systems.
Participate in the maintenance, modification and operation of existing instrumentation systems as well as the deployment and recovery of instrumentation at sea. Existing systems include but are not limited to a 512 channel autonomously deployed hydrophone array and recording system, a ship-towed acoustic sound source system, an autonomously deployed array of acoustic sound sources, and a 32 or 64 channel ship-towed hydrophone array.
Future projects are likely to include deep water seafloor moored hydrophone arrays and sound sources and hydrophone arrays towed behind remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
Design the electrical and mechanical components for oceanographic instrumentation systems and coordinate the fabrication of these components with outside vendors and the MPL machine shop staff.
Assist in all aspects of at-sea experiments aboard research vessels including organizing, packing and shipping equipment, loading and securing equipment aboard ship, and testing, deploying, operating and recovering equipment.
Support all aspects of an operating research and development laboratory including defining and ordering supplies, maintaining and testing lab equipment, and maintaining laboratory facilities.
Participate in the preparation of technical reports, scientific publications, journal papers, budget reports and oral presentations.
Use skills as a seasoned, experienced engineering professional in a specialized engineering field on a major training and / or research effort. Assignments typically require concentration in a field of application where subject matter knowledge relevant to research objectives and methodology is of great value in understanding and establishing engineering design criteria.
Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
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 on electrical/electronic and mechanical design of oceanographic instrumentation and systems specific to acoustics research.
Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Demonstrated knowledge of commonly accepted and effective electrical and mechanical design practices.
Ability to work in remote locations and under adverse conditions for extended periods (up to five (5) weeks per experiment).
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. Demonstrated ability to read, create and understand electrical 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.
Demonstrated experience designing custom mechanical components using SolidWorks.
Demonstrated understanding of digital and analog electric circuit theory and experience with circuit board design and fabrication methods and software (Altium specifically).
Demonstrated 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.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency with computer programming principles and programming languages including LabView, Matlab and C/C++.
Demonstrated ability to assemble, evaluate, modify and test electrical and mechanical components on the bench. Ability to use standard electronic test equipment such as multi-meters, oscilloscopes, frequency counters and spectrum analyzers.
Ability to work at sea for up to three months per year and function under adverse conditions
Must have valid US Passport
Ability to operate forklift and obtain operator certification
Must have unexpired California driver’s license
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Ability to obtain secret security clearance
Offer of employment is contingent upon candidate clearing the background check.
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Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)
Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39
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