$100K — $150K *
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The Ocean Engineering team at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington is hiring – see yourself at APL!
The Applied Physics Laboratory is a research unit at the University of Washington. Our research expertise is in ocean physics and engineering, ocean and medical acoustics, polar science, environmental remote sensing, and signal processing. We conduct research and development that is sponsored by a variety of federal and state agencies, and take great pride in our long-standing status as a US Navy-designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). Our work takes place not only on the University of Washington campus and medical centers, but in field locations around the world – at sea, in the air, and on polar ice caps. We apply rigorous scientific inquiry and engineering excellence in pursuit of solutions to important problems for the good of our region, nation, and world.
Today our scientists and engineers make important contributions to understanding the earth's climate cycles with satellite and in situ sensing of ocean winds, currents, and air-sea fluxes; observations of Arctic sea ice, its variations and effects on mid-latitude oceans; and ocean tomography that reveals how the abyssal ocean mixes and sequesters carbon. APL-UW continues to lead research in the basic and applied physics of sound—from sonars used to probe the geology of the deep ocean floor to hand-held high-frequency focused ultrasound devices to image and stop internal bleeding without surgery.
Diversity is a core value at University of Washington and the Applied Physics Laboratory shares this commitment. We are focused on building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable research environment for all students, staff, and collaborators. We believe every member on our team enriches our community by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.
APL has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Research Software Engineer 4.
The person selected for this Research Software Engineer 4 role will be a part of a dynamic team that supports APL’s wide-reaching research enterprise. Your expertise will enable the success of researchers who are clearing hazardous seafloor debris from coastal areas, developing ultrasound technologies that advance medical care, conducting fieldwork on glaciers, polar regions, and the world’s oceans, and performing robotic exploration beneath oceanic ice shelves and on space missions.
The Research Software Engineer 4 in the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Ocean Engineering Department will be responsible for researching, analyzing, selecting and implementing software to solve complex software dilemmas for sponsored projects medium to large in scope. This will include research, analysis, design, development, testing, de-bugging and field deployment of custom, one-of-a-kind scientific instruments used in oceanographic, marine robotics, marine renewable energy and acoustics research. Tasks will be varied and include software for very complex embedded systems, instrumentation development, UUV navigation and control, satellite and radio communication links, and data acquisition systems. Special emphasis will be placed on the design of systems for long term autonomous operation in the ocean and extreme environments. Problem solving decisions can be complex and involve non-technical factors such as budgetary considerations, project timelines, and milestones.
In collaboration with Senior Software Engineers or Principal Investigators the incumbent will be responsible for:
1) Software Development for Sponsored Research
*Independently research and develop software solutions for novel, embedded systems. Develop, design, test, de-bug and document software for said systems. Self-manage to produce functional, working deliverables on time and within budget.
*Work collaboratively with small to medium sized engineering teams from project inception to closeout. May independently manage components of larger projects, including full responsibility for meeting project milestones, deliverables, and budget. Independently anticipate, identify and resolve potential technical issues with software systems, communicate and produce innovative solutions.
*Maintain, modify and improve existing code for legacy systems, specify and procure components (e.g., computing, networking, comms).
*Adhere to Ocean Engineering department documentation standards, stay current with new or updated programming languages and relevant technologies.
*May provide direction to junior Software Engineers.
2) Field deployment and operations for Sponsored Research
*Participate in sea going and arctic field work for deployment, operation, and repair of sea going systems.
3) Research Proposals and Reporting
*Provide technical input to sponsored research proposal submissions and post award technical reports, and provide time and material inputs for proposal budget estimates for projects.
Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or related field AND 6 years of experience.
*Complex software design, development and testing.
*Embedded systems development.
*Software development in a research and development setting.
*Excellent attention to detail.
*Excellent and creative/novel problem-solving skills
*Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
*Must be physically capable of working at sea in small to large vessels for extended periods (days to weeks) and willing to perform such duties.
*Ability to work independently, and as a part of a research team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
*Experience with Robotics, UUVs, AUVs, floats, buoys or ocean gliders
*Processing of large data sets, cloud computing
*Reproducible data analysis
*Systems for US Naval applications
*Oceanographic and/or acoustic systems or instrumentation
*Python, C++ programming languages; Linux operating system
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
Valid through: 12/8/2021