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The Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington (APL/UW) is a premier center for research, development and advanced education in science and engineering. APL/UW was formed in 1943 at the request of the U.S. Navy to bring university resources to bear on urgent WWII defense problems. From a wartime beginning focused on effective torpedo exploders, APL/UW initiated acoustic studies and oceanographic research programs to understand how variations in the ocean environment affected the performance of Navy systems. Decades of acoustic and oceanographic studies yielded an understanding of the world's deep oceans.
Today our scientists and engineers make important contributions to understanding the earth's climate cycles with satellite and in situ sensing of ocean winds, currents, and air-sea fluxes; observations of Arctic sea ice, its variations and effects on mid-latitude oceans; and ocean tomography that reveals how the abyssal ocean mixes and sequesters carbon. APL-UW continues to lead research in the basic and applied physics of sound—from sonars used to probe the geology of the deep ocean floor to hand-held high-frequency focused ultrasound devices to image and stop internal bleeding without surgery. APL has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Computer Specialist.
The National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cabled Array (CA) is an underwater cabled ocean observatory off the Washington and Oregon coasts. It consists of a network of over 900 kilometers of electrical-optical cable that delivers power and bandwidth to deep-water science nodes spread across the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. This transformational system enables new and exciting science experiments to help explore ocean processes critical to our understanding of the environment.
This position will be responsible to operate, maintain, support and enhance a diverse set of control and operational systems used to control and monitor the subsea and shore based infrastructure. The position will also support software application development for a wide range of projects in the department from real time data collection systems to novel scientific instrumentation.
Duties/Responsibilities: •Monitoring, maintaining, and enhancing a diverse set of network and computer systems and applications at remote and local locations. Working with scientists and engineers to ensure the infrastructure is configured properly and to quickly identify and correct issues when they occur. •Supporting summer field maintenance operations both at the operations center on the UW campus and at times at sea •Supporting team collaboration tools and systems including VPN, shared drives, automated file backups, software repositories and networking support. •Creating and maintaining operational and configuration documentation for the team.
Minimum Qualifications: •Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or similar technical discipline. Equivalent experience can substitute for degree requirement. •At least two years of relevant experience •Software Application Development •Must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance •Excellent organizational and (written/verbal) communications skills •Appetite to learn new technologies quickly – must be highly motivated and a strong self-starter •Strong problem solving ability that translates into implementation
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
May be subject to successful completion of E-Verify process.
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