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MiniROV/Electrical Engineer

MiniROV/Electrical Engineer

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s engineering department is offering rare opportunities to collaborate with leading ocean researchers in shaping the future of ocean technology at our state-of-the-art facilities in Moss Landing, CA. Successful recruits will join motivated, multi-disciplinary teams to advance the field of ocean science through the design, manufacturing, and support of new ocean observing assets, including vehicles, instruments, energy systems, data systems and more.

Reporting to the EE Group Lead, this position has responsibilities that will be spread over two main activities. The first activity is being a pilot and engineer responsible for MBARI’s fly-away remotely operated vehicle (ROV) known as the MiniROV. This includes the maintenance of the electrical and software systems, as well as the integration of new instrumentation and advanced algorithms onto the ROV in collaboration with science and engineering teams. Additionally, this engineer will be responsible for accompanying the vehicle on expeditions both locally and globally on ships of opportunity in support of oceanography research. Responsibilities include research cruise planning and preparation, shipboard integration, operating the vehicle at sea, and ensuring safe deck operations on the ship. It is expected that duties related to the MiniROV will occupy approximately 50% of the workload. The remainder of the time will be spent supporting other technical development efforts as an engineer, or associate engineer, based on skill level and experience. Responsibilities for this portion of the job include the design, development, and integration of electrical and/or software systems for a wide range of ocean-going instruments, sensors, and platforms.


  • A skill set and previous experience in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with software development and troubleshooting
  • The ability to go to sea for specified periods of time
  • Ability to work independently and within multidisciplinary groups
  • Excellent interpersonal, critical thinking, and communication skills
  • Ability to develop a concept through design, fabrication, and testing
  • Professional, able to deliver work on tight schedules

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with piloting and maintenance of ROVs
  • Familiarity with LabView Programming
  • Experience with fiber-optic communications
  • Experience with any of the following is also a plus:
    • Serial communications (RS-232, RS-485, SPI, I2C)
    • TCP/IP networking concepts
    • Instrumentation/measurements
    • Video broadcast equipment

Ready to apply?

Job Code: MROV-EE

MBARI Human Resources
7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Please submit a cover letter, including reference to relevant training and/or experience, and a curriculum vitae by e-mail to, or by mail to the below address, or by fax to (831) 775-1659.

Salary range: $88,040 – $191,135/year

MBARI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life insurance, 403B retirement plan, and paid time off, such as vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

MBARI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. MBARI considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, age, disability, covered veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.