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#97929 Oceanographic Instrumentation Technician

Filing Deadline: Mon 2/25/2019

This is a 50% to 100% career position.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 2/14/19 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 2/25/19. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


The Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL)was originally established as a Navy-oriented research laboratory in 1946 prior to becoming a division of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1949. MPL has offices both on the Scripps campus and at Navy Base Point Loma/Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). It is the only certified facility UC-wide for classified research and holdings. Research in MPL embraces observational ocean science with emphasis on developing state of the art instrumentation for studying ocean acoustic and seismic propagation, air-sea interaction, ocean volume dynamics and ocean bottom geophysics.

Under general supervision, the Oceanographic Instrumentation Technician will operate and maintain oceanographic research instrumentation related to hydrophones, data recorders, and acoustic release transponders at sea and on shore. Prepare ocean-going mechanical, electronic, and computer equipment, including ordering parts and instrumentation assembly, testing, and shipping. Deploy, recover, refurbish, and evaluate quality of acoustic research equipment and acquired hydrophone data at sea from aboard various vessels including small boats or large ships. Coordinate the logistics related to using oceanographic instrumentation at sea, including working with ship, port, engineering, and scientific personnel.

  • Ability and willingness to go to sea approximately 10-15 trips per year with trips typically lasting a few days to a few weeks.

  • Ability to accommodate rapidly changing routes and schedules of commercial vessels, and flexibility to accommodate last minute changes.


  • Bachelor degree in Marine Sciences, Engineering, or Physics with one year of suitable Oceanographic experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to deploy, recover, operate, maintain, refurbish, fabricate, troubleshoot and evaluate the performance and data quality of electronic, computer and mechanical equipment related to hydrophones, long-term autonomous recording systems, acoustic release transponders, mooring components.

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of the process of computer-based data acquisition of hydrophone sensors (i.e., digitization and recording) and acoustic signal processing.

  • Proven ability to use and modify job-specific software in the MATLAB environment for hydrophone sensor and data acquisition evaluation, and instrument acoustic localization.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform calculations such as estimated power consumption and battery life, and instrument weight/buoyancy in air and seawater environments.

  • Working knowledge of procedures for domestic and foreign shipping. Knowledge of HAZMAT policies and procedures for hazardous materials shipping related to primary lithium batteries. Familiarity with customs documents, insurance and container and shipment inventory.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with technical and scientific personnel. Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proven ability to liaison with shipping agents, port authorities, customs agents, co-collaborators and research vessels and resolve all problems.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with others under demanding conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time.

  • Ability and willingness to work on and around ships at sea and in port, and ensure that high safety standards are maintained.

  • Ability and willingness to accommodate varying schedules and sudden changes in field assignments.

  • Knowledge of basic concepts pertaining to underwater acoustics, acoustic signal processing, ocean physics, and/or engineering (mechanical, electronic, computer) preferred.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must have a California Driver License

  • Must have a Valid U.S. Passport.

  • Able to travel globally without restrictions.

  • Able to lift and move moderate weights in port and at sea. Physically fit to perform duties without causing risk to self or others.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$22.67 - $28.77/Hour
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Appointment Percent:
RX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri (with occasional weekends/holidays)