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    This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service.


    • GS-09: $59,498 (Step 1) to $77,346 (Step 10)
    • GS-10: $65,521 (Step 1) to $85,182 (Step 10)
    • GS-11: $71,987 (Step 1) to $93,588 (Step 10)
    NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

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    As a Electronics Technician (Marine Instrumentation) within the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, some of your specific duties will include:

    • Works collaboratively with Project Chief/Primary Investigator, other team members and researchers both at-sea and in the laboratory, in operating, maintaining, repairing, and when needed redesigning geophysical and sampling equipment. Conducts extensive tests and repairs as needed prior to, and during, field operations. Works with team members, ship's crew, outside vendors and collaborators in mobilizing research vessels. Mobilization includes transporting, installing, modifying as necessary any deck equipment required to accomplish the research program.
    • Inspects equipment in the laboratory and/or aboard the research vessel. Operates and maintains geophysical and sampling equipment while onboard research vessels. Day-to-day responsibilities include operating, troubleshooting, repairing, retrieving and deploying a wide range of instruments. Works collaboratively with other team members to ensure high standards for data quality are maintained. Adjusts, repairs, or replaces defective or improperly functioning circuitry and electronic components. Develops testing and evaluation specifications and procedures for circuitry and systems designed in-house. Tracks and/or makes recommendations regarding replacement schedules and routine maintenance requirements.
    • Participates in the operation, maintenance, and calibration of all electronic systems, equipment and instruments, including, but not limited to the following systems: sides can-sonar, sub-bottom profiling, swath bathymetry (multibeam and/or interferometry), single-beam bathymetry, optical ocean-bottom imaging, GPS/RTK-GPS navigation, and digital data acquisition, networking, and logging systems. Trouble shoots and repairs complex malfunctioning equipment in the field and laboratory.
    • Perform complex multi-phased instrumentation development work to meet the needs of the Project Lead/Primary Investigator. Checks equipment under test conditions to ensure proper functionality and accuracy of equipment in collecting data, and effectiveness in meeting the needs of the study. Collaborates with vendors/manufacturers regarding prototype design and testing. This includes conducting assessments of and making recommendations on the trade-offs involved in equipment development, such as cost vs. time to buy or construct unique circuitry, instrumentation or components.
    • Performs/conducts a variety of tasks in support of test operations in the laboratory and in shipboard settings. Assist the Project Lead/Primary Investigator in coordinating and developing techniques necessary to design, test, evaluate and install major marine electronics and geophysical survey systems on research platforms such as ships, small boats, aircraft, portable vans and trailers, etc. Operates geophysical research equipment and instruments to acquire and store data. Stands watch aboard ship, maintaining field logs, noting changes in systems operation and/or environmental conditions that affect data quality.
    Physical Requirements & Work Environment: Work occurs in both laboratory settings and on board either small or large vessels. Incumbent must be physically able to work on ships or small boats in potentially extreme weather conditions. Ability to lift and carry equipment up to 20 kilograms. Work takes place in both laboratory environment and, during data collection trips, aboard small or large vessels. Laboratory work involves lifting and moving equipment up to 20 kilograms without assistance, standing for long periods of time, and may involve noisy, drafty, and wet conditions. Vessel work may take place in a wide range of weather conditions and require special safety precautions.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - You may be expected to travel on average 2 nights per month for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/591829200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.