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Software Engineer - Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is currently searching for an Engineer I or Engineer II to join the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department. This is a regular full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.  
Engineer I or II:
With some supervision to achieve assigned objectives, identifies and participates in engineering projects in support of REMUS vehicle-based scientific and research activities through the demonstration of one or more specialized skills. Will be expected to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking, along with a proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles.
The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II.  The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 

Essential Functions

Engineer I:
  • Must have firsthand experience with coding in C++
  • Must have firsthand experience of ROS based coding
  • Must have experience with git or similar revision control system
  • Must be able to work on site at WHOI to scope tasking, work with vehicle design teams, and do proprietary code uploads
  • Conceptualizes solutions to robotics and autonomous vehicle software engineering problems
  • Develop, calibrate, and test new code designs and techniques to support sea tests
  • Can develop computer code to support sea testing on a demanding timeline
  • Can Troubleshoot code and identifies time and scope to repair
  • Any experience with the REMUS family of autonomous vehicles is considered extremely valuable
  • Significant bonus to have rudimentary understanding of REMUS vehicles and their applications
  • Participates in report writing to document developments and tests. May be tasked to single-author reports and articles
  • Should be able to function in a team atmosphere
  • Should value scientific and national security work

  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

  • Engineering degree or other appropriate discipline with minimal work experience, or evidence of an established, specialized engineering skill gained through experience in the absence of a formal degree. (Candidates with a Bachelor's degree and minimal experience in an unrelated field will likely start on the Department Assistant ladder.)
Engineer I:
  • Entry level position designed to encourage the connection and application of academic training to results-oriented projects in support of scientific and research activities. Initially this position will have direct supervision to achieve structured and assigned objectives
  • Applies basic research principles and standard laboratory instrumentation to engineering design efforts
  • Can assist in designs, instrument calibration, troubleshooting of mechanical/electronic systems
  • Develops computer code, microprocessor code, and uses CAD, CAE tools
  • Participates in report writing to document instrumentation developments and tests
  • Develops basic practical engineering skills to enhance technical competence and versatility.

Special Requirements

  • Ability to obtain a TWIC
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Ability to get a security clearance if required
  • Robotics software experience
WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 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, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

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 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 for assistance.