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Electrical Engineer

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a world leader in all things subsea, from groundbreaking ocean science and discoveries, to cutting edge subsea technology for the government, military and private sector.

The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is searching for an Electrical Engineer to join the Advanced Engineering Lab (AEL). The AEL comprises a diverse, world class team of engineers working on a wide variety of oceanographic projects including developing optical communication systems for autonomous underwater vehicles and sensors that help scientists and engineers understand the ocean for research and practical applications. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits.

The internal working title for this position could be either Engineer I or Engineer II. The final level of the position will be determined commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience.

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Essential Functions

Experienced and entry-level Electrical Engineers will provide design input, engineering analysis, theory and programming for digital communications, embedded software, microcontroller and FPGA. Specific functions for all levels include:

  • Programming autonomous vehicles, modems and sensors utilizing knowledge of Xilinx part families, FPGA devices and IP
  • Utilizing Xilinx Zynq SoC tools and processes, Linux embedded systems and VHDL language to create innovative solutions for underwater optical communications
  • Designing, building and debugging embedded circuits
  • Partnering with a high performing, diverse and collaborative team of scientists and engineers
  • Contribute new concepts to the development AUV systems and their applications
  • Possess a deep understanding of wireless communications including software defined radio (SDR) devices, ethernet and serial communications.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills including a willingness and ability to perform at-sea assignments.

Engineer I: This is an entry level position designed to encourage the connection and application of academic training to results-oriented projects in support of scientific and research activities. Initially this position will have direct supervision to achieve structured and assigned objectives.

  • Applies basic research principles and standard laboratory instrumentation to engineering design efforts;
  • Tests designs, calibrates instrumentation, troubleshoots mechanical/electronic systems;
  • Develops computer code, microprocessor code, and uses CAD, CAE tools;
  • Participates in report writing to document instrumentation developments and tests;
  • Develops basic practical engineering skills to enhance technical competence and versatility.

Engineer II: With some supervision to achieve assigned objectives, identifies and participates in engineering projects in support of scientific and research activities through the demonstration of one or more specialized skills. Will be expected to work on tasks requiring creativity and independent thinking, along with a proven understanding of fundamental research and engineering principles.

  • Conceptualizes solutions to engineering problems;
  • Develops, calibrates, and tests new designs and techniques;
  • Develops computer code, microprocessor code, and uses CAD, CAE tools;
  • Troubleshoots electronic/mechanical systems;
  • Participates in report writing to document developments and tests. May single-author reports and articles;
  • May supervise other personnel.


  • As deemed necessary by supervisor

Education & Experience

Engineering degree or other appropriate discipline with minimal work experience, or evidence of an established, specialized engineering skill gained through experience in the absence of a formal degree.

Engineer I:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with minimal work experience. This is an entry level experience.

Engineer II:

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with several years of demonstrated related experience or a Master’s degree in EE.

Special Requirements

  • TWIC card
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be willing and able to obtain a Security Clearance
  • Person will drive WHOI vehicles
  • WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason.

Physical Requirements

Physical duties for this position include but are not limited to, ability to lift less than 25 lbs independently, 2 times per day; carry 10-25 lbs, 2 times per day. Visual abilities to include near, far, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to distinguish basic colors. Hearing requirements include the ability to hear and respond to instructions, communicate effectively in loud areas (pier/dock, warehouse). Other physical tasks include occasional prolonged standing/walking; use of hands for basic /fine grasping and manipulation, repetitive motion, reaching above and below the shoulders, pushing, pulling, kneeling, bending, twisting, and stooping. Other occupational requirements include talking, traveling, working around others, and with others. Will be exposed to dust or other irritants and electrical/mechanical/power equipment hazards. Physical duties are subject to change.

Sea Duty

May work at least 8 hours per day and, at times in excess of 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. Sleep and work hours can deviate from those on land. May be expected to work on watch schedule (such as 8 hours on and 8 hours off or 12 hours on and 8 hours off) for all or part of a cruise or to work as hours are needed to accomplish the planned work. May need to travel during holidays and for long distances to and from foreign ports. May experience rudimentary living and working conditions, with shared and basic living quarters and laboratories. May experience bad or extreme weather conditions, including heavy seas, winter weather or hot, tropical weather. Work on deck may occur in both hot and cold conditions around the clock. Sea conditions will lead to active ship motion. Should be able to climb steep and vertical ladders and able to enter and exit compartments through hatches, doors, and sills. Should be able to carry heavy gear and participate in the loading and unloading of the ship as well as in the activities on deck and in the labs during the cruise. Shipboard environment may include: confined areas, shared sleeping quarters (berths) and bathroom facilities, small and basic berthing, fixed meal times and basic menus. Modest levels of heating, cooling, ventilation, and illumination, limited or no email and internet access and limited off-duty and recreational facilities (library, lounge, movies). May be exposed to potential allergens and irritants, including paint fumes. May experience constant and intermittent loud noises, and slippery and uneven surfaces.

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.

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