109964 - Field Robotics and Cyberinfrastructure Engineer

Updated: 29 days ago
Location: La Jolla, CALIFORNIA
Deadline: 29 Jun 2021

Filing Deadline: Tue 6/29/2021

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With global climate change driving weather extremes, including more intense drought and a prolonged season of high wind events, wildfires continue to increase in frequency and intensity in the fire prone western US. To cope with this challenge, a new generation of distributed sensor networks and cyber-infrastructure for data processing, simulation, storage, visual analytics, command and control and dissemination are required to help mitigatie the ever increasing risks of extreme events, to life, property and ecosystems.

The Field Robotics and Cyberinfrastructure Engineer will take a lead role in architecting, deploying, and optimizing cyberinfrastructure in support of research projects, as well as the development, testing, and demonstration of robotics and imaging systems in the lab as well as the field. Current cyberinfrastructure projects include implementation and optimization of high speed fiber network infrastructure, architecting and maintaining multi petabyte storage clusters, designing and deploying GPU/CPU compute clusters, as well as interactive room-scale visualization environments and applications. Robotics and imaging projects include developing and deploying experimental robotics systems (including AGVs, UAVs, and ROVs), developing and deploying experimental camera systems, and developing and demonstrating methodologies for environment capture using photogrammetric and other sensing techniques. The incumbent will manage overall digital twin synthesis research, development, deployment and integration with the ALERTWildfire-CI. Closely work with and mentor a student-driven research team.

The candidate will have to be ready to use skills as a seasoned, experienced engineering professional in a specialized engineering field on a major training and research effort. Assignments typically require concentration in a field of application where subject matter knowledge relevant to research objectives and methodology is of great value in understanding and establishing engineering design criteria. The candidate shall demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. System deployments will require fieldwork in diverse environments, requiring local, domestic, and international travel. This position requires deep knowledge of computer architecture, computer networks, distributed computing, hyperspectral sensors, data synthesis and data analytics.

~ Ability to work in an environment that requires 24/7 operational readiness, which may include off-hour, overnight or weekend work during fire events or cyber-infrastructure maintenance.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with engineering principles and methods to independently perform the full range of engineering professional design work.

  • In-depth experience as a design engineer and working as a lead in a technical support role in a teaching and/or research laboratory facility, providing engineering services to faculty members and investigators, with responsibility for the engineering specialty engaged, activities of technical and shop personnel, and successful technical achievements within time and financial constraints.

  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Strong analytical and judgment skills to conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations. Knowledge of theory and design principles of circuits, circuit applications and prototyping.

  • Experience in managing a lab facility, including knowledge of project management, staff management, safety requirements and recharge/financial support to keep the facility operating smoothly.

  • Solid organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards. Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.

  • Skill in machining and setting up/calibrating a variety of machining equipment. Demonstrated experience using Machine Tools, including but not limited to CNC Mill, Lathe, Drill Press, Band Saw, Pan Box Break, LaserCAM.

  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions. Ability to lead and influence others.

  • Demonstrated software repository skills. Demonstrated testing and test planning skills. Experience deploying code into production environments on Linux servers.

  • Strong knowledge of computer architecture, computer networks, distributed computing, hyperspectral sensors, data synthesis and data analytics.

  • Strong experience in field testing of prototypes.

  • Must be willing and able to travel internationally on field expeditions.

  • Ability to work in an environment that requires 24/7 operational readiness, which may include off-hour, overnight or weekend work during fire events or cyber-infrastructure maintenance.

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

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted UC San Diego Campus hiring. UCSD Campus will continue to recruit for essential positions and we ask for your understanding and patience with our application process during this unprecedented time. For more information regarding steps we are taking to keep applicants and staff safe during this time, please view: https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/services/covid-19/Video-Interview-Tips-for-Candidates.-April4-2020.pdf Additional information about UC San Diego’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://returntolearn.ucsd.edu/ and https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/services/covid-19/index.html.


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