Principal Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moss Landing, California
Jan 11, 2021
Mar 12, 2021
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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Principal Engineer

Founded in 1987 by the late David Packard, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is uniquely dedicated to merging science, engineering, and marine operations for the purpose of developing state-of-the-art instruments, methods, and systems to advance scientific research in the ocean.  MBARI’s Technology Roadmapsets forth a set of priorities that will be coordinated over the coming decade under three overlapping initiatives:Taking the laboratory into the ocean, Enabling targeted sampling, and Advancing a persistent presence. These initiatives were derived from a series of interconnected scientific challenges that exemplify the research themes articulated in MBARI’s Strategic Plan

MBARI seeks a Principal Engineer (PE) to advance collaborative projects that meet the objectives set forth in the Technology Roadmap and Strategic Plan. Focal areas include the definition and development of technologies to observe and characterize marine chemical, biological, and geological systems. The development of novel observation, analytical, and computational methods that advance an understanding of the interplay between abiotic and biotic components in marine ecosystems is of interest.

Principal Engineers conceive and execute novel research programs, and develop technology in support of the objectives of the Institute. Individuals in these positions are expected to have exceptional competence in applying their skills to address fundamental research questions in marine science and technology. Their research programs become a significant contribution towards MBARI’s primary goal of advancing ocean science and technology, and disseminating these advancements to a broad audience. They are expected to work collaboratively with the oceanographic research community at-large.  Principal Engineers organize and conduct at-sea research and operations activities as required, and report directly to the Engineering Division Chair. 

A Doctorate degree or equivalent in a scientific or engineering discipline and a minimum of 3 years demonstrated success in conducting engineering research is required, along with a track record of significant, original, and promising research contributions and potential to secure extramural funding.  Applicants at an early- to mid-career stage (equivalent to an incoming assistant to associate professor) with a demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary, team-oriented environment are encouraged to apply.

Located in Moss Landing, California, the heart of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, MBARI offers ready access to the open ocean and deep-sea, and embodies a balanced emphasis on science and engineering.  Ongoing research programs range across autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicle systems, control technologies, ocean physics, chemistry, geology, biology, ocean instrumentation, and information management.  MBARI hosts approximately 200 employees, with facilities that include state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories, manufacturing and electrical fabrication shops, and dock facilities for MBARI vessels.  Our operations division supports two MBARI-owned research ships, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), a fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), deep-sea cabled observatory, and other sea-going assets. More information about MBARI and its current research and staff is available here.  

MBARI enjoys cooperative relationships with a host of neighboring academic and government institutions, including Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Station, the University of California at Santa Cruz, the Naval Postgraduate School, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University Monterey Bay, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, offering many opportunities for collaborative research and education. Our partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium also provides unique opportunities for public outreach and for engaging policy makers in the ocean sciences. 

Prospective applicants should send a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests in relation to MBARI’s organization, and the names and addresses of four professional references to, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1659.

MBARI, Norm Steinberg, Director of Human Resources
Job Code: PE
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA  95039

We are currently receiving applications for this position, which will remain open until filled. MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package consistent with peer positions at other non-profit and academic institutions.

MBARI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or covered veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.


MBARI Welcomes Diversity

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