As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years. The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (APL-UW) is a national center for advanced science and engineering research and development and education. APL-UW was formed in 1943 for the U.S. Navy to bring university research resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. APL-UW has developed an international reputation for its broad based programs in science, engineering and for designing, building, and deploying the advanced technology required to meet the research needs of numerous government and commercial sponsors. With modern facilities, equipment and over 350 talented researchers and staff, APL-UW provides a unique, dynamic work environment with many opportunities. The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington seeks applicants for a Research Scientist/Engineer 1 to design and develop instrumentation for oceanographic research. This recruitment is open to UW Office of Research employees only.Initially, this position will support a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded project to develop an electro-mechanical device for in situ water filtration for biological sampling; autonomous platform sensor integration; and, multiple future projects on a variety of autonomous platforms as funding becomes available.This entry level Engineer will provide engineering and scientific support services, including instrument and system development, maintenance, and deployment; basic data analysis; and logistics in support of field operations. This candidate will provide engineering design and analysis to conceptualize and develop components and systems, including prototype systems, and use this information to make recommendations to Research Scientist/Engineer Senior and Principal Investigators, sponsors, and other supervisors about instrument design, with a direct impact on the overall research program. In addition, because of the nature of oceanographic field work, engineering problems encountered in the field often require rapid, novel solutions that make use of available resources.RESPONSIBILITIES:Engineering Design - Design prototype systems using Solidworks or similarFabrication & Testing - Procure supplies and instrumentation- Coordinate with Applied Physics Laboratory Ocean Engineering machine shop for the fabrication and assembly of parts- Assemble and test complex systems- Assist NOAA with evaluation of the prototypeDocumentation - Document evaluations procedures and results, incorporate these results into the future designs- Document system designData Analysis - Perform basic data analysis related to the design and instrument performanceAt-Sea Deployment - Assist with at-sea operation of systems- Assist with field logistics (planning, shipping, packing, staging, etc.)- Assist with deploying and recovering oceanographic equipment- Provide engineering solutions to various challenges related to field programs.REQUIREMENTS:- Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement.At least one year of job-related experience, including:- Experience using mechanical computer-aided design- Basic machine shop/fabrication skills- Some at-sea experience aboard research vessels- Strong organizational and record-keeping skills- Ability to lift moderately heavy items in support of instrument maintenance- Proven effective verbal and written communication- Ability and desire to work in a team environment- Works under limited supervision to complete assigned tasks/projects, demonstrating the ability to work independently.This position will conduct some of its work in the field (at sea, aboard research vessels). Irregular and at times longer work hours will be required during field testing operations, for mobilization/demobilization for research cruises, and while at sea.A federal security clearance may be required to perform work on specific classified projects. The incumbent must be willing to undergo the federal process to obtain a security clearance, and once awarded must maintain that clearance in order to perform work on classified projects.Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.DESIRED:- Familiarity or expertise in the following areas:- Basic electronic/mechanical skills such as soldering, electrical troubleshooting, basic circuit design- Linux operating system- Programming experience in Matlab, LabView, and Python- Small boat operationCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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