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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States (on-site)
20 days ago


The Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department is searching for an instrumentation engineer to join the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Coastal and Global Scale Nodes (CGSN) team. 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.


The role of the position primarily consists of working with a range of oceanographic instruments from initial testing through deployment and recovery for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). OOI is an NSF funded project with the purpose of deploying and maintaining data collection moorings to measure physical, chemical, and biological processes for the scientific community.


  • Conduct functional testing of instrumentation per documented procedures.
  • Configure instruments for deployment per procedures.
  • Document instrument history in Asset Management system.
  • Conduct integration testing and characterization of instruments prior to deployment.
  • Evaluate and troubleshoot instruments and platforms in the lab and at sea.
  • Download instrument data post-deployment.
  • Correspond with vendors for refurbishment/recalibration and to resolve problems as they arise.
  • Provide instrumentation support during deployments.

Non-Essential Functions:

  • Support mooring build and disassembly as needed.
  • Support build and refurbishment of electro-mechanical assemblies.
  • Perform other related duties as deemed necessary by supervisor.



Engineer I:

Engineering degree or other appropriate discipline (e.g., ocean or earth science) with minimal work experience, or in the absence of a formal degree, evidence of an established, specialized engineering skill gained through experience.


Engineer II:

Master's degree in an engineering or appropriate field (e.g., ocean or earth science) with minimal experience, or Bachelor's degree in engineering or appropriate field with several years of relevant experience, or equivalent work experience in the absence of a formal degree. 


  • Experience with sensors, data collection and data analysis.
  • Must have basic mechanical and electrical skills.
  • Ability to troubleshoot electrical and mechanical interfaces.
  • Proficient in the use of common tools, measurement devices and diagnostic instrumentation.
  • Proficient with computers (primarily PC), and serial & Ethernet interfaces.
  • Motivated individual with attention to detail.
  • Must have meticulous documentation skills to support Asset Tracking and test documentation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Proficient in time management skills to meet deployment deadlines.
  • Creativity to come up with out of the box solutions for process improvements.
  • Familiarity/experience with Python helpful but not required.
  • Familiarity with oceanographic sensors and instrumentation is a plus.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 69222569
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Title: Instrumentation Engineer
  • Company Name For Job: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Engineering Discipline: Engineering-Ocean/Oceanographic
  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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