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Electrical Engineer

Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

If you are using a screen reader and experience any difficulty accessing our web pages, please call 206-543-2544 or email UWHires and we will be happy to assist you. jump to content Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience Shift: First Shift Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem-solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Electronic and Photonic 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.

In the Electronic and Photonic System (EPS) Department, engineers work on large scale, state-of-the-art research projects to advance important scientific inquiries made by sponsors ranging from the National Science Foundation to the United States Navy. The projects focus on cabled ocean systems requiring unique power and telemetry systems to support instrumentation hundreds of kilometers offshore connected in real time with transoceanic cable technology.

The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is hiring an Electrical Engineer with Analog and Power Electronics experience to work on cutting edge applied ocean projects for a diverse set of customers and applications. The successful candidate will be part of an integrated engineering team that designs, builds, installs, operates and maintains complex electrical/mechanical systems to solve challenging problems in novel ways. The candidate will be responsible for the design, test and production of new electronics systems including low noise acoustic data collection systems, high power acoustic amplifiers and control electronics in highly integrated ocean instrument packages. This candidate will support the design team for building subsea cabled systems including high voltage power control systems and long-range telemetry interfaces. The candidate will be responsible for analyzing requirements and documenting designed systems.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Research Engineering - Design, Build, and Test 80%

--- Approaches novel assignments and applies sophisticated research techniques, networks, and resources, and moves the project forward from inception to execution.
--- Works on complex research endeavors which results in the creation of new concepts, applications, designs or new areas of research.
--- Designs complex circuit boards using the PADS software suite.
--- Prepares and analyzes detailed electrical power budgets.
--- Designs low noise, high data rate data acquisition devices.
--- Identifies and documents electrical component requirements and specifications.
--- Identifies appropriate suppliers for components.
--- Manages and improves documentation standards.
--- Performs electrical component fabrication, assembly, integration, and bench testing as needed.
--- Collaborate with Senior Electrical Engineers in designing, building, and testing electrical components that are extremely complex; and/or projects that are extremely large in scope.

Deploy and Operate 15%

--- In collaboration with Program Manager, participates at-sea installation, operation, maintenance, repair and recovery of systems.

Other Responsibilities 5%

--- Contributes to and improves a common electrical components inventory system.
--- Ensures Lab safety compliance in the Electrical Engineering workspaces.
--- Suggests improvements to departmental processes and policies.


Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field AND 5 or more years of experience in a related engineering field.

--- US Citizen.
--- Eligible to obtain and maintain a federal security clearance.
--- Experience designing low noise data acquisition systems.
--- Proficient in PCB design and layout.
--- Proficient in analog electronics design both signals and power systems.
--- Ability to plan and organize technical projects.
--- Ability to participate in ship-based field work.
--- Demonstrated excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
--- Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, and the ability to thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial environment.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.


--- Experience with microcontroller interface design and programming in assembly and C.
--- Experience with high voltage power transmissions systems.
--- Experience with low power design techniques.
--- Experience with high speed optical network interface design.
Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law .

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or .COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTGovernor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

Keywords: University of Washington, Seattle , Electrical Engineer, Professions , Seattle, Washington

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