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The UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), within the College of Environment, has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 2, working in the Engineering Development Division of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL).
The Research Engineer position will be in support of EDD's mandate to provide PMEL with well engineered, and constructed, science-based oceanographic observing systems for its research programs. The candidate must be capable and motivated to learn and develop the skills necessary to evaluate, select and apply engineering principles and techniques to develop, test and evaluate oceanographic and meteorological systems as well as sensors down to the circuit board level. This involves the of fundamental concepts and advanced electronic practices. The candidate will be expected to follow established methods and techniques to solve well defined electronics and software problems under the technical guidance of a senior engineer. The candidate will conduct tests in the lab and that include defining a test procedure, taking measurements, processing data, documenting results working in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish Lab goals. Incumbent will be required to exercise good judgment and take appropriate action when faced with tasks outside his/her expertise and will be required to develop and implement a working understanding of CAD software, electronic circuits, fabrication techniques, and work under challenging environmental conditions including work on research ships at sea.
The employee receives overall supervision, task assignment and specific instructions issued by a senior research engineer. Specific instructions are given but the incumbent uses standard practices and techniques (schematics, drawings, and CAD files) and is technically responsible for the quality and accuracy of the work. The senior engineer is available for assistance and to review work as necessary.
Good judgment is required to plan and organize an efficient experiment or test. The incumbent may guide the work of other support staff if required to meet research goals.
Typical assignments are preformed to develop marine research electronics and systems.
The incumbent will:
Develop and recommend improvements and alterations to ocean research equipment including complex printed circuit boards, instruments and software, and/or modify and conduct complex tests and/or analyze results.
Perform marine engineering development work and conduct research by using established experimental and empirical methods and techniques, interpret results and recommend approaches to solve design problems.
Collect and process data from experiments and tests, compile results for reports and presentations using standard practices (drawings, schematics, bill of materials, etc).
Interact with other team members in a collaborative environment to recognize discrepancies and follow on steps for improving ocean observing systems and components.
Assist with planning field tests, pilot, deploy and maintain, autonomous underwater gliders and buoy systems.
Solder, crimp and assemble delicate electro-mechanical systems, including surface mount printed circuit boards. Define and improve non-standard procedures.
Follow safe and efficient operating procedures on all lab equipment and adhere to Laboratory industry standards.
Work in an environment requiring physical dexterity and strength, i.e. on a moving ship or buoy, and the ability to carry equipment up to 50 pounds.
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| Bachelor's Degree (BA or BS) in electrical, computer engineering or physical sciences with electronics coursework. |
Minimum of 2-4 years' experience in ocean field work, including deployment of oceanographic or
instrumentation, troubleshooting, planning and staging for operations at sea.
Incumbent must have experience in the areas of planning field work, piloting, deployment and
of autonomous underwater gliders.
Incumbent must have strong electronics diagnostic skills with standard instruments (oscilloscope, multimeter, etc.), PC skills with Matlab and C or C++, and skills in using Computer
Aided Design (CAD) software for circuit design.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
| This position is located at NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) at Sand Point in Seattle, but will also require the incumbent to work in laboratory, shop and outdoor environments as a research engineer supporting a number of research projects. |
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