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The Ocean Engineering (OE) 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.
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.
The Ocean Engineering (OE) department within the APL conducts engineering design, development, and field operations in support of fundamental and applied research programs sponsored by Federal, State, local and private entities. The work of the Applied Physics Laboratory is innovative. Our sponsors seek novel solutions to research problems, at times within tight timeframes for response. The platforms we create may be the first of their kind. There may not be reference points in existing technology for our work, or the way our sponsors wish to apply existing technology.
The technology we create is often deployed in remote locations which cannot be readily accessed. For example, an instrument may be deployed at sea, at depths of 2000 meters, and, the environmental conditions in which our instruments are deployed are typically harsh, for example, in salt water (which degrades materials and causes electronics to malfunction), at depth in the sea (where the effects of pressure on instruments is much more intense than on land), or around polar ice caps (subject to extreme cold temperatures, freezing and thawing). Not only must we design and fabricate instruments with great precision and reliability, we must also ensure they will function with high reliability under very hostile conditions.
The Applied Physics Laboratory has an outstanding full time opportunity for a Robotics Software Engineer.
This Robotics Software Engineer supports the design, development, and deployment of sensors and platforms to extend the capabilities of underwater robotics. This position will be primarily funded from a range of Federal sponsors (e.g., the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command).
The person selected for this Robotics Software Engineer 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 incumbent will complete discrete tasks for which the PI has closely defined the scope and steps necessary for successful completion. This position and the PI may each take responsibility for portions of a project and solve the research problem through their combined efforts.
Software development. The incumbent will perform all phases of the software development lifecycle, to include design, development, testing/debugging, operation, and documentation.
Electrical and mechatronic design: The incumbent will be responsible for design, development, testing and documentation of novel sensor and robotic systems.
System and experiment design: The incumbent will perform high-level system and experiment design to achieve project goals.
Research proposals. The incumbent will contribute to the PI’s efforts to identify and lead proposals for new research projects and funding, and may also do so independent of the PI.
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field and at least three years of relevant experience.
Complex software design, development, testing, operation, and documentation.
Excellent attention to detail.
Excellent and creative/novel problem-solving skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Must be 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.
Identifying and leading or significantly contributing to external requests for funding.
Must be US citizen capable of obtaining and maintaining a DoD security clearance.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Master's degree in Computer Science or related field
Prior experience working with: -Embedded systems development -Mechatronics -Robotics, UUVs, AUVs, or ocean gliders -Robot Operating System (ROS) -Processing and fusion of vision and sonar data -Generation and manipulation of 3D models and point clouds -Processing of large data sets, cloud computing -Reproducible data analysis -Systems for US Naval applications -Oceanographic and/or acoustic systems or instrumentation -Python, C++, and Go programming languages; Linux operating system
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