Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineering Assistant II / III to join the Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department. This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.
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Join the undersea vehicles labs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. WHOI has numerous AUV and related projects including the National Deep Submergence Facility (www.whoi.edu/ndsf). WHOI also undertakes numerous other autonomous vehicle projects both deep and shallow for scientific and military purposes in environments from the litoral to the marianas trench and from the tropical south pacific to the high arctic and Antarctica. WHOI specializes in new technologies and new vehicles as well as ancillary underwater technologies. Most members of the WHOI technical staff, including you will serve a dual role both as technology developers and builders, but also a vehicle operators engaged in missions of scientific and societal importance. Recent missions have included oil spill response, locating black boxes, studying sub-sea volcanoes, and looking for mantle rocks to name just a few. In between deployments, you will be working on cutting edge subsea vehicle technology projects by developing new control code, communications code, GUIs, data processing pipelines and other software for AUV operations. Past project sponsors include NSF, NOAA, Office of Naval Research, DARPA, NASA, foreign governments, philanthropic organizations, and corporations.
Specific tasks include but are certainly not limited to:
Assemble and test printed circuit assemblies
Assemble and test electrical and electronics chassis for vehicles and instruments
Troubleshoot electrical and electronics systems in the field and in the lab
Deploy to the field with systems and support operations for both test and actual science missions.
Candidates with suitable skills may also undertake board layout or even design tasks.
A significant commitment to success of the program and the mission will be required particularly while at sea. This is a group that is known for going to extreme measures to make a cruise succeed even in the face of significant setbacks and any long term team member will need to have the same attitude. Candidates must be highly creative when it's time to be creative but must be able to become highly focused and effective as deadlines approach. The ship will sail whether the software is ready or not.
As deemed necessary by supervisor
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
Education Desired: A two years' degree in electronics or equivalent experience. NAVY electronics A-School is HIGHLY desirable. Prior Navy or other military service is highly desirable but not required.
Previous Experience Desired:
Electrical and Electronics test and debug skills are required
Printed circuit assembly construction, repair and troubleshooting is required
Electrical chassis and system assembly and troubleshooting is required.
Subsea experience is desired but not required
At sea experience is desired but not required
Familiarity with DoD systems and procedures is desired but not required
Familiarity with Ocean Sciences is desired but not required
Sea Duty Required
Must be a US citizen or permanent resident. Ability to obtain a Secret clearance is very strongly desired.
Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25-50 lbs independently, 2-3 times per day; carry 25-50 lbs, 3-4 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include excessive cold or heat and humidity, greases and oils, hazardous substances or specimens, electrical/mechanical/ power equipment hazards. Extended periods at sea and prolonged working hours. Physical duties are subject to change.
SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTIONS:
May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.
WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). We are sensitive to the issues of dual career candidates and we will work with applicants to address them. Please visit HERC - for more information.
WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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Internal Number: 3330254
About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world's leading, non-profit organization dedicated to ocean science and engineering, exploration and education. Come join a diverse organization whose curiosity, creativity, and commitment help improve the world's understanding of the ocean's importance to the plant and to society. Experience a culture of excellence, dedication, innovation and discovery.
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