The University of Texas at Austin Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV - Sonar Systems Engineering Associate in Austin, Texas

Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate IV - Sonar Systems Engineering Associate

Hiring department

Applied Research Lab

Monthly salary

$3,746 - $6,806+ depending on qualifications

Hours per week

40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number


Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date 07/01/2018

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Austin - J. J. Pickle Research Campus (North Austin)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

Position will either be located in Silverdale, Washington or Austin, Texas.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply

  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.

  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Note: The following additional materials are also required for consideration: Transcripts. References must be former employers. Instructions for submission of these materials will be provided at the time the online application has been completed.

Additional Information


Support, coordinate, and direct maintenance integration and testing activities of unique underwater acoustic sensors and systems. Assist with development and evaluation of underwater acoustic system operator display interfaces, tools and training materials.

Essential Functions

Participate as a member of and assist in the coordination of an integrated team of Navy, contractor and laboratory personnel and maintain schedule for the development, installation, maintenance and testing for unique underwater sensors. Provide field engineering support; use manuals and automated electronic tools to troubleshoot, assemble and repair electromechanical assemblies, computers and computer networks. Participate in operator training. Participate in system testing, maintenance and training onboard an Operational Training Platform and/or on US Navy platforms. Participate in formal documentation through the development of test and maintenance procedures, formal work packages and training materials. Perform liaison tasks with sponsoring organizations and prepare and present formal progress and status briefs covering on-going activities. Establish working relationships with vendors, program sponsors, project partner organizations, and system operators from the US Navy. Assist Supervisor and Engineers as required, travel as required.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree and 6 years of related experience in the test, evaluation and operation of sophisticated Navy systems, including underwater acoustic systems. Demonstrated ability to organize, plan, and execute installation, test and maintenance procedures of complex systems using formal Navy systems and processes. Demonstrated knowledge of sonar system operations, maintenance and training, including expertise in developing and applying system level operation, maintenance and troubleshooting procedures, including use of electrical drawings/schematics, technical manuals and test equipment. US Citizen: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information at the level appropriate to the project requirements of the position. Evidence of skills in the following areas: working with new technologies, being highly organized, planning and coordinating multiple tasks, effective time management, attention to detail, effective problem solving skills, using excellent judgment, working independently with sensitive and confidential information, and maintaining a professional demeanor. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Ten or more years of experience in the operation, testing, maintenance and repair of underwater acoustic sensor systems. Demonstrated ability to work to interact effectively and coordinate activities with Navy enlisted personnel and officers as well as contractor system providers. Familiarity with U.S. Navy (JFMM and 3M) processes and procedures for the installation, test, maintenance, repair and removal of electronics equipment. Familiarity with U.S. Navy processes and procedures for the installation, test, maintenance, repair and removal of electronics equipment, including Temporary Alteration (TEMPALT) and Ship Alteration (SHIPALT) processes. Cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Working conditions

May work in all weather conditions

May work around standard office conditions

May work around electrical and mechanical hazards

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Use of manual dexterity

Climbing of stairs

Climbing of ladders

Lifting and moving

Typically works in an office, lab or shop environment. May work adjacent to or in high activity assembly areas. May lift and install components or equipment during testing or system installation. Some testing aboard US Navy ships.

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification form, I-9. You will be required to present acceptable, original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States. Information from the documents will be submitted to the federal E-Verify system for verification. Documents must be presented no later than the third day of employment. Failure to do so will result in dismissal.

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