May 19 2023
Job Description


CLOSING DATE:  May 21, 2023, or until filled. Applications received after this deadline may be considered only if the position is not filled or up to the date a selection has been approved by the RCUH (whichever comes first).

INQUIRIES:  Victoria Burkley 808-657-9008 (Oahu). 


Please apply directly on the RCUH website to be considered for the position.


(3) Regular, Full-Time, Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH) Non-Civil Service position with the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), located at the University of Hawai‘i (UH), Manoa Innovation Center, in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Telework (from employee’s residence city and state) may be permissible subject to review and approval by Principal Investigator and RCUH. Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws. 

MONTHLY SALARY:  Salary commensurate with qualifications. 

DUTIES:  Applies knowledge of electrical engineering principles in the maritime domain to rapidly design and develop novel solutions to unique challenges facing the State of Hawai’i and US Department of Defense. Designs and manufactures/produces engineering solutions for the maritime domain. Works collaboratively in cross-disciplinary teams to identify problems, synthesize strategies and concepts, refine designs, and manufacture/produce final products. Conducts trade studies/cost analyses and deliver engineering design reviews that appropriately communicate problem and proposed solutions. Drafts preliminary concepts, designs, and engineering documents. Assists with preparing the technical reports, new project proposals, and scientific publications (drafts, revisions, and published versions). Participates in field experiments, including pre-experiment support and post-experiment analyses. (Level II) Assists project leads with preparing and maintaining the project budgets and performance schedules. Reviews project designs and engineering documents. Performs as mentor to Level I electrical engineers and provides support and guidance to team members. (Level III) Performs as a project lead/working supervisor providing support and guidance to team members and regularly carrying out the most difficult and complex assignments.  Oversees and executes the electrical engineering function in the maritime domain to rapidly design and develop novel solutions to unique challenges facing the State of Hawai’i and US Department of Defense. Responsible for the project budgets and performance schedules. Oversees down-selections of concepts and conduct design reviews.  This is a progression job, ranging from Level I-III. Availability and ability to perform duties independently is expected to increase with each level of progression. Through experience, demonstrated competence, and operational needs, may be hired at the appropriate level. 



Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Electrical Engineering or related Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) field.


Up to three (0-3) years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.






Demonstrated knowledge of electrical engineering principles to include: Analog, Digital, or RF circuits and components; circuit analysis and design.


Must be a U.S. Citizen, a requirement of the Government security investigation to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Demonstrated abilities in synthesizing new- and reverse engineering existing- circuits and systems.  Ability to apply/use discrete and integrated circuits, especially in printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies.  Ability to use Electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) / Electronic design automation (EDA) and design for manufacturing (DFM).  Ability to implement firmware and software as needed.  Ability to assembly and debug printed circuits and wiring harnesses.  Ability to validate and verify systems.  Ability to use standard test equipment and data acquisition hardware and software. Demonstrated ability to efficiently complete projects and work with multi-disciplinary team to collaboratively develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to ARL requirements. Ability to analyze quantitative data. Ability to communicate project progress and results in writing and verbally. Requires attention to detail, ability to multi-task and disciplined follow-up. Ability to effectively conduct work remotely (e.g., telework) as applicable. Post Offer/Employment Condition: Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance based on a tier-3 background investigation to access classified information within six (6) months of hire.


Must be able to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted (e.g., scientific instruments, gear, equipment). Must be able to participate in field experimentation, which includes lifting and carrying equipment at least one hundred (100) yards for test range.


As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies, procedures, and trainings and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i's and/or business entity's policies, procedures, and trainings.  Violation of RCUH's, UH's, or business entity's policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.). 


Skills in sensor/instrumentation deployment in challenging environments; sensor data analysis and processing (machine learning (ML), computer vision (CV), time series analysis); simulation; general purpose programming (C, Java, Python, or similar); microcontroller development (AVR, ARM, or similar); edge computer development (Raspberry Pi, Jetson, NUC or similar); robotics middleware development (ROS, MOOS, LCM, LSTS, or similar); data analysis. Experience in working with the United States Department of Defense.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-7262 or (808)956-8376. Please visit for more information on RCUH’s Benefits for eligible employees.


RCUH’s mission is to support and enhance research, development and training in Hawai‘i, with a focus on the University ofHawai‘i.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.