NYC FloodNet Sensor Engineer - FloodNet - New York University
October 26, 2022
370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, New York
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FloodNet is a cooperative of communities, researchers, and New York City government agencies working to better understand the frequency, severity, and impacts of flooding in New York City.

FloodNet will be responsible for manufacturing, deploying, operating, and maintaining a citywide flood sensor network totaling up to 500 active sensors across the 5 boroughs. A core component of FloodNet is the collection of actionable flood data that will be open-sourced and made freely available to our key groups of stakeholders: community members, City agencies, and researchers. FloodNet brings together innovative sources of information on street flooding impacts in neighborhoods that are vulnerable to high tides, storm surge, and stormwater runoff. As the project progresses, the FloodNet team will work closely with NYC Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) to ensure a smooth transition to City ownership and maintenance of the deployed sensors at the termination of the project.

We are seeking a Sensor Engineer to join our team to work on the development of our flood sensors, their deployment, and the ongoing maintenance of the network. Tasks will include, but not be limited to: housing design and assembly; design and assembly of electrical circuits; development and implementation of QA/QC protocols; sensor calibration and deployment; monitoring and maintenance of deployed sensor network; and open source documentation detailing hardware bring-up, assembly and operational procedures. The position will be approximately 50/50 lab/field based with field work occurring across all five boroughs of NYC. Field deployments and maintenance visits will involve ladder work.

This is an annual contract that can be renewed for up to 5 years, contingent on funding availability. These positions would be based in both the NYU Tandon’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) located in Downtown Brooklyn, and the CUNY Advanced Science and Research Center (based in Harlem). This is an exciting opportunity to work directly with other members of the dynamic and interdisciplinary FloodNet team, as well as interface with colleagues in NYC agencies and a diverse group of community partners.

The required candidate skills and experience:

  • Degree in electrical engineering or related field or 3+ years experience working in an electrical engineering/IoT development position
  • Proficiency with SMT reflow soldering
  • Familiarity with hardware protocols including: UART, I2C, SPI, and USB
  • Experience working with C and C++ for embedded devices
  • Proficiency with Javascript and Python for data processing/analysis
  • Excellent diagnostic and troubleshooting skills
  • Experience working within tight power budgets on constrained devices
  • Experience open sourcing hardware documentation
  • Full clean driving license
  • Ability to work with diverse groups/populations
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating and working on a team

Experience with any of the following would be desired:

  • Sensor networks
  • Experience with The Things Network
  • PCB design tools
  • Low power circuit design
  • Design for manufacture
  • Experience working in a Linux environment

The team encourages applications from women and others from communities traditionally underrepresented in computer science and engineering.

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