Research Support Specialist 4

Expiring today

Connecticut, United States
12 May 2020
End of advertisement period
12 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

This term position is in the Wright Laboratory and reports to the Associate Director of Instrumentation and Education. Wright Laboratory is part of the Department of Physics, serving research in nuclear, particle, and particle-astro physics.

Research Specialist 4 contributes to the Lab’s mission by working closely with faculty, staff, and students to define, plan, and carry out projects that involve the mechanical design, fabrication, and procurement of scientific instruments and detectors. The successful applicant will undertake work to design instruments and systems based on specifications or research requirements. They will also work on developing processes for fabrication, commissioning, and operations of such instruments. This position requires occasional travel to other research facilities for activities such as detector installation or maintenance.

Essential Duties

  1. Participates in the planning, conceiving, designing and implementation of highly specialized state of the art instrumentation equipment and apparatus for a multi-faceted research project
  2. Solves engineering and design problems to ensure that equipment meets the objective of the study
  3. Develops reports and proposals for research project outlining machinery available, direction of the design, and development of new instrumentation.
  4. Determines available resources such as electrical and mechanical components and equipment.
  5. Develops cost and time estimates for specific equipment design. Ensures time and cost estimates are met.
  6. Supervises and monitors work of professionals and solicits consulting work from outside labs
  7. Manages quality control of work performed on research projects.
  8. Teaches research support theories and design.
  9. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in a related field and five years of related experience in a research development facility or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Knowledge of CAD modeling.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Familiarity with structural analysis of mechanical systems.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proven ability to develop and manage design projects independently. Proven ability to work collaboratively and professionally with scientists, faculty, staff, and students.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Well-developed oral and written communication skills.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

The ability to develop resource loaded schedules, and effectively assign tasks.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Masters degree in mechanical engineering. Experience with the design of experiments for nuclear, particle, or particle-astro physics. Experience working with extended collaborations on such experiments.

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