Autonomy Student Assistant, Spring 2021 - ELSYS

Atlanta, GA 30303

Job Description

The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS) is currently seeking a Student Assistant in the Test Engineering Division (TEN) for Spring 2021. While the exploration of under-ice environments in polar regions of our planet can provide valuable information to many fields of science, it proves difficult for humans to gain access to the necessary regions for data collection. The harsh terrain both above and below the several-hundred-meter-thick ice limits the ability to deploy human divers on data collection missions. The use of large unmanned underwater vehicles or manned submarines is burdened by great costs and deployment effort. A small man portable unmanned underwater vehicle would greatly facilitate access to under-ice Polar Regions for scientific exploration. The fields of planetary science, biology, and climate science can all benefit from additional data obtained from beneath the Antarctic ice.

The Nekton unmanned underwater design is currently under development at the Georgia Institute of Technology provides such a solution for an easily deployable vehicle able to undertake missions in harsh under-ice environments with significantly reduced deployment effort. The student will work under the guidance of GTRI researchers performing one or more of the following activities:

Mechanical design (CAD Design)
System engineering
HW fabrication

Required Minimum Qualifications

Pursuing a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering
Must be registered for at least 6 credit hours with your university during working semesters
Must have a 2.0 or higher GPA

Preferred Qualifications

Ability to perform research independently
Ability to prioritize tasks while working on multiple projects
Strong math skills and ability to learn complex engineering concepts
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Strong math skills and ability to learn complex engineering concepts
Experience in 1 or more Mechanical CAD Design Software Languages
Ability to clearly communicate technical ideas to non-technical people

Hours per Week

1020 hours per week

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required


Housing and Relocation

Housing and relocation assistance are not available for this position.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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