Prototype Machinist - Scientific Instrument Maker

Boulder, CO
Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Scientific Instrument Maker - University of Colorado Boulder, JILA Research Institute is looking to fill a highly skilled, multidisciplinary position working one-on-one with Physics and Chemistry researchers to design, fabricate, assemble and evaluate scientific instruments. This position requires a high level of mechanical ingenuity, inventiveness and creative ability to take projects from rough ideas and concepts to finished product using manual and CNC machine tools as well as a variety of other power and hand tools.


Required Qualifications:
- Minimum of five years experience in Scientific Instrument Making, Tool Making or Prototype/R&D shop
- Strong mechanical design background
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge and skills have been achieved
- Ability to work independently
- Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills

Desired Qualifications:
- Working knowledge of CAD and CAM software
- Demonstrated ability to learn and develop new techniques related to the design and construction of unique mechanical systems
- Understanding of standard engineering materials as well as exotic materials such as refractory metals and ceramics
- Scientific background
- Knowledge of material properties for ultra-high vacuum and cryogenic applications
- TIG welding of stainless steel and aluminum as well as knowledge of brazing and soldering

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by February 28, 2017. Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1) Cover Letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2) Current Resume 3) List of 3 References Questions should be directed to Agnieszka Lynch at This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10106 - JILA

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 26, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Agnieszka Lynch

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00656153


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