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The Environmental and Information Systems 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 person selected for this Senior Electrical 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.
As a technical expert, the Senior Electrical Engineer will assess project feasibility and will plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate detailed phases of the work in a part of a major project or in a total project of moderate scope. The incumbent hired will perform work that involves conventional scientific or engineering practice but may include a variety of complex features such as conflicting design requirements, unsuitability of standard materials, and difficult coordination requirements. Work requires a broad knowledge of precedents in the specialty area, and a good knowledge of principles and practices of related specialties.
Strategic Planning: * Managing multiple or significant projects, while maintaining positive relationships with major funders and sponsors. Participating in strategic planning, seeks additional research funding and pursues new contracts. Direct and oversee the work of other engineers and technicians.
Electrical Engineering: * Developing new engineering methods/approaches and intellectual property. Develop new engineering methods/approaches, technical standards, serve as key leader in extending technical capabilities. Perform the electrical design, fabrication, field deployment, testing, and operation of complex oceanographic and acoustic systems and instrumentation. Independently solving complex electrical engineering dilemmas. Oversee the hardware and software development of power storage and management systems for long duration vehicles. Developing and initiating technical standards.
External Proposal Efforts: * Serving as a key leader in extending technical capabilities, while pulling from peer network to enrich technical capabilities and collaborative efforts. Identifying and leading proposal efforts from inception to implementation. Identifying and leading funding activities. Collaborate and author reports, presentations and papers.
Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field and 4 years of experience in: - Complex electrical design, fabrication, development and testing. - Identifying and leading or significantly contributing to external requests for funding. - Must be physically capable of working at sea in small to large vessels for extended periods and willing to perform such duties. - Ability to work independently, and as part of a research team, interacting cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, academic levels, and nationalities. - Must be US citizen capable of obtaining a DoD security clearance. - Creative/novel problem-solving skills. - Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
*Incumbent will be required to submit for a Department of Defense Secret-level security clearance within the first 3-6 months of employment, and once granted must maintain eligibility to hold a Secret-level clearance.*
- Electronics problem solving/troubleshooting. - Acoustics knowledge and experience. - Small vehicle embedded electronics design and fabrication. - Battery Management Systems, Power Management for long duration. - PADS circuit design and fabrication software. - MATLAB, Python and embedded programming. - Low noise/analog front-end electronic design for instrumentation. - Propulsion system drive electronics experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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