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The Integrative Observational Platforms (IOP) group at UW’s Applied Physics Laboratory is seeking a part-time undergraduate student employee. The student will work with engineers and scientists in the IOP group to assist with fabrication and maintenance of Seaglider autonomous underwater vehicles. Tasks will include (but are not limited to) building mechanical and electrical Seaglider subassemblies, bench top and field testing, and documentation. This position is open to all students regardless of field of study. Some experience with mechanical and/or electronics assembly is an asset, though all necessary training will be provided.  The job will be on-site at APL’s Henderson Hall and may include local fieldwork aboard small vessels.


  • Fabrication, assembly, and testing of Seaglider components
  • Careful documentation of processes
  • Field testing in Puget Sound


  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Reliability
  • US citizenship

This position is 10-20 hours per week starting immediately, with the potential for full-time employment (up to 40 hours per week) in summer quarter. For any questions to submit an application, please email kdrushka@uw.edu. Applications should include a resume, most recent transcript, and a brief (less than one page) statement of interest.