Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$78,900 - $129,400/ Annually
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 in port, Variable at sea, M-F in port, Variable at sea

#125338 Systems Integration Engineer 4

Filing Deadline: Wed 10/4/2023

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This position requires an unexpired U.S. Passport. Must be able and willing to travel internationally, without restrictions.

This position will be Remote/Hybrid with the office in La Jolla (SIO) as the on-site primary work location.



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. Supporting SIO, Shipboard Technical Support (STS) provides specialized expertise, personnel, instrumentation and support services to scientists that use oceanographic research vessels.

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As a member of Shipboard Technical Support, the Systems Integration Engineer 4 will apply advanced systems and software integration concepts, and location or institutional objectives, to resolve highly complex issues where analysis of systems and software requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors to resolve and implement medium to large projects of broad scope and complexity. Regularly resolves highly complex business processes, system functionality, implementation issues and system and software integration issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Selects tools, methods, techniques and evaluation criteria to obtain results. Gives technical presentations to associated team, other technical units and management. Evaluates new technologies including performing moderate to complex cost / benefit analyses. May also lead a team of systems / infrastructure professionals.

The Systems Integration Engineer's primary responsibility is to, via subordinates and oneself, coordinate and operate the HiSeasNet project, which is primarily a project that procures/installs/supports multiple satellite communications networks. This provides a robust Internet service to the US Academic Research Fleet (ARF) and closely associated partners. This position also works closely with the HiSeasNet manager on a project management plan, year-to-year.

The key elements of this network include: managing support contracts with satcoms vendors such Marlink/SpaceX/Inmarsat, an earth station with 3 antennas located at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and multiple marine-stabilized antennas, engineered for high availability, on over ~20 research vessels operating across the oceans. Incumbent will work with the HiSeasNet manager, subordinate employees, SOMTS personnel, UC San Diego Information Technology Services (ITS), SDSC personnel, ScrippsIT and/or shipboard technical support groups from other oceanographic institutions and program managers/sponsors such as National Science Foundation (NSF) and Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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.


About Shipboard Operations and Marine Technical Support:

NOTE: Salary placement is determined by the top candidate’s overall qualifications/relevant experience, market data and internal equity.


  • Advanced knowledge of systems integration deploying complex systems integration solutions.

  • Advanced skills associated with system integration design, modification, implementation and deployment in a complex environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex conversion and system implementation plans.

  • Demonstrated ability to create software specifications.

  • Experience with identification and use of code libraries and open-source forums.

  • Experience with planning for deployment and creation of feedback mechanisms.

  • Experience developing and implementing complex project plans.

  • Experience researching and evaluating new technology and solutions for complex environments.

  • Ability to impart knowledge to senior level technical and non-technical audiences and to influence outcomes to meet objectives.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience with monitoring tools, performance, and systems optimization, including intermediate knowledge of security for data, data transfers and systems.

  • Strong leadership skills. Demonstrated skill in managing technical staff. Ability to observe and evaluate employee performance and take corrective action as necessary, including training and performance management.

  • Thorough knowledge of IP based networking (TCP, UDP, ICMP, OSI network model). Knowledge of switch, router and firewall management using CIDR and VLAN configurations. Familiarity with VPN tunneling at the host and network levels. Knowledge of network troubleshooting tools such as ping/traceroute/nmap/iperf, and network activity monitoring tools such as NAGIOS/Zabbix/Intermapper/Wireshark.

  • Demonstrated ability to read, coordinate and manage support/service contracts with vendors.


  • Job offer is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

  • Ability to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) required.

  • Must be able to travel to ships in port and/or work aboard vessels at sea for short-duration testing and integration purposes.

  • Must be willing and able to respond to critical support issues during non-standard working hours, when needed.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $78,900 - $179,900 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $37.79 - $86.16

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).

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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