Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is the world’s leading, independent non-profit organization dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. Our scientists and engineers push the boundaries of knowledge about the ocean to reveal its impacts on our planet and our lives. Positions are available within teams that are addressing present and future research needs in autonomous underwater vehicles, robotics, underwater acoustic communications and navigation, deep-submergence (manned or autonomous), ocean sensors and observatories, free-space optics, fiber optics, power and energy systems, advanced materials, telemetry, data science and many others.
The Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department at WHOI has an open posting for temporary Engineering Assistants. The posting is primarily aimed at undergraduate students looking for positions to satisfy co-op or other requirements in their education programs, while working with a world class oceanographic institution. Students in the engineering and science fields with an interest in marine engineering and science are encouraged to apply. The openings are within a variety of research groups, and may focus on mechanical, electrical, software engineering and data analysis. Openings may occur at any time depending upon project demands, but are oriented around typical student co-op and internship schedules.
This is a temporary, casual, non-exempt position, and is not eligible for benefits.
Positions are available at the Engineering Assistant II and III Levels (EAII and EAIII). The EAII level is appropriate for students with some limited previous experience and may include software, mechanical or electrical design and development, using appropriate tools like CAD, prototyping, fabrication, assembly and testing. Projects may also include programming in C, C++, Python, Java or Matlab, data analysis using Excel, documenting results in MS Word or Powerpoint, as well as scripting and plotting in Matlab or Python.
The EAIII level is appropriate for students with a higher level of skill and experience in design, programming or data analysis, and previous relevant work experience, ideally in a similar environment. An EAIII is expected to work with moderate independence and take responsibility for a complete subsystem, whether electrical, mechanical or software related.
Positions are regularly available with specific research groups that are suitable for undergraduates seeking to gain relevant work experience and will allow the successful applicant to contribute to on-going projects. Positions and duties take a variety of forms depending upon the projects currently underway, which currently include the following focus areas and corresponding required skills and experience:
QA/QC & Instruments:
· Basic computer, electrical and/or mechanical skills
· Data analysis skills (scripting, plotting, etc.) in Matlab or Python
· Familiarity with serial and/or Ethernet instrument interfaces
· Experience with mechanical design using Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD
· Able to assist with assembly, maintenance, and repair of equipment with instruction and advice; exercises judgment in selecting or adapting procedures and equipment
· Selects and operates standard test equipment, records test data, and performs routine analyses
· Conducts various tests or experiments to troubleshoot and correct minor malfunctions.
· Python and/or C++ programming experience
· Git version control experience
· Interest in developing user interfaces and user tools for data display & analysis
· Interest in command and control of deployed, oceanographic data collection systems
· As deemed necessary by supervisor, must be willing to take on a variety of tasks regardless of level.
DESIRED EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
· 1-3 years’ progress toward an engineering degree with some project or other co-op or internship experience.
*Position level will be based on the candidates’ education and experience
Physical duties for these positions include but are not limited to, ability to lift 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, kneeling, bending, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include being exposed to conditions such as excessive cold, heat or humidity, greases and oils, electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards, hazardous substances or specimens, extended periods at sea and prolonged work hours. Physical duties are subject to change.
SEA DUTY CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTIONS:
(Depending on project)
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.
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