Ocean Career: Scripps Institution of Oceanography R&D Engineer 2

Scripps Institution of Oceanography is seeking an R&D Engineer 2. Under direction, the R&D Engineer 2 is independently responsible for the sensor integration design, development and assembly of computer-based instrumentation and data acquisition systems for oceanographic research; develops optical methods and systems for mooring applications; develops computer and data acquisition software for oceanographic research using Matlab and C; orchestrates quality control of data acquisition systems; provides development and design resource and experience in underwater optical sensing technologies; acquires and analyzes recorded data based on developed experiments; ssists scientists in analysis of scientific data including software design, data retrieval and data preparation/presentation; arranges and participates in at-sea and field experiments and engineering tests; and participates in sea-going operations, being at sea from 1 to 4 months per year.

Uses professional engineering concepts to perform moderately complex engineering assignments. Works in a specialized engineering field on a major training and / or research effort. Works on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.


  • B.S. degree in Engineering or related scientific field and three (3) years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced proficiency in the use of MATLAB based oceanographic data analysis software. Other computer skills necessary are an understanding of operating systems including UNIX, MS-DOS, Windows and Mac OS and UNIX based computer systems.
  • Experience with Matlab is essential.
  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity.
  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Competence in developing integrated moored oceanographic sensor systems.
  • Proven experience to perform crucial engineering tasks under stressful and difficult environmental conditions (e.g., at sea).
  • Experience at developing optical ocean observing systems.
  • Experience with design and programming of data acquisition systems.
  • Experience with assembly of moored oceanographic hardware.
  • Knowledge of radiative transfer models.
  • Electro-mechanical assembly skills.
  • Practical experience on board ships of various displacements; including typical shipboard operations- mooring operations, underway operations, loading and unloading and processing cruises.
  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Experience to communicate and interact productively with scientific, technical, and administrative personnel.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.
  • Experience to accurately convey project plans and to coordinate testing and implementation of systems. Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Maintain knowledge on current mooring technological issues.


  • Passport required for seagoing operations and travel to foreign ports.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and/or a valid driver’s license to operate university vehicle.
  • Ability to obtain forklift driver certification, 4,500-pound rating minimum.
  • May spend from one to four months at sea each year in remote locations and under adverse weather conditions.
  • Able to lift and carry 75 pounds.
  • Background check is required.

Annual Full Pay Range: $74,300 - $134,500

Closing Date: July 4, 2024

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