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The Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (APL/UW) is a premier center for research, development and advanced education in science and engineering. APL/UW was formed in 1943 at the request of the U.S. Navy to bring university resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. From a wartime beginning focused on effective torpedo exploders, APL/UW initiated acoustic studies and oceanographic research programs to understand how variations in the ocean environment affected the performance of Navy systems. Decades of acoustic and oceanographic studies yielded an understanding of the world's deep oceans.
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 opportunity for a Software Engineer.
The Software Engineer supports research which develops robotic platforms for ocean exploration and science, with a focus on perception, situational awareness, and mission planning. This position supports research projects across multiple agencies which are focused on underwater sensing, sensor fusion, 3D reconstruction and situational awareness. The overall goal of these projects is to develop a robust toolset for building, manipulating, and working within 3D models of the environment around a subsea robot, allowing it to navigate, plan, and interact with the world.
Position will complete discrete tasks with closely defined the scope and steps necessary for successful completion. May take responsibility for portions of a project and solve the research problem through their combined efforts.
-Software development. Perform all phases of the software development lifecycle, to include design, development, testing/debugging, operation, and documentation.
-Research. 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 plus three years of experience with the following:
-Complex software design, development, and testing
-Identifying and leading or significantly contributing to external requests for funding
-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.
-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 and Prior experience working with:
-Robotics, UUVs, AUVs, or ocean gliders
-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
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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