Durham, NC
Apr 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research & Development Engineer I Electrical & Computer Engineering

Purpose: To fulfill the Electrical and Computer Engineering vision for improving the overall quality of the undergraduate student laboratory experience and expanding laboratory course offerings.


Research and develop new experiments to be used by top undergraduate electrical and computer engineers at Duke University. This includes selecting the laboratory equipment to be used, prototyping the experiments, and monitoring laboratory equipment and supplies. Maintain the most state-of-the-art laboratories to meet the many and various needs of a fast-paced, ever-evolving and expanding laboratory-based hands-on curriculum program. Opportunities exist to develop technology-based notification and use systems. Schedule resources and optimize procedures to enhance learning and get the most out of available equipment. Innovative thinking, a natural curiosity to learn, and efficiency in design and instruction are assets in this position.

Job Description:

Install laboratory equipment in undergraduate labs used for teaching and maintain the equipment regularly. This includes installation of hardware and equipment interfacing tools including but not limited to digital and analog test equipment and output devices such as printers and ports. It also includes installing and maintaining device prototyping equipment in laboratories such as breadboards, wire strippers, wire, soldering irons, and other necessary laboratory items.

Place orders for and keep up-to-date records of undergraduate laboratory equipment in the Department. Order new/replacement equipment efficiently. Develop a list of primary and secondary vendors for laboratory equipment and supplies to ensure quick turn-around and best value. Maintain the rotational cycle for laboratory equipment in ECE. Know equipment age and replace it regularly to keep labs state-of-the-art. Input from faculty teaching courses and the Undergraduate Laboratory Manager may be necessary in completing this task. Seek to have at least one spare piece of highly used equipment in laboratories on-hand for repair needs. Component supplies up-to-date and in good working order.

Stay abreast of laboratory experiments and timing to ensure proper component stock is available at critical usage times. Keep undergraduate ECE teaching laboratories in excellent working order being clean, well maintained, and stocked. Before each laboratory section, restock any used components, place lab equipment back in order, and prepare the laboratory for the subsequent lab section. Check on and ensure the readiness of each laboratory prior to every lab section. This responsibility should and can be carried out with the help of students and teaching assistants assigned to laboratory sections.

Maintain the methods in place for identifying and responding to laboratory repair requests. Respond to repair requests quickly and professionally. This includes the web-based tag repair system and the on-line help ticket notice from faculty, staff, teaching assistants, and students.

Be responsible for maintaining an ECE stockroom with laboratory equipment and supplies that can be checked out by students. This includes developing and maintaining inventory of equipment, supplies, and components through a checkout system whereby undergraduate students can access necessary project resources. Work with and oversee student staff in the ECE components and equipment stockroom to facilitate access to parts during and after normal business hours. Ensure support for and access to parts and components needed by students in ECE labs at all levels from introductory courses to those involving design. Manage existing ECE Departmental laboratory resources creatively and in a cost-effective manner. Seek to reuse and repair where appropriate for the overall benefit of the Department while maintaining state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching laboratories in ECE. Coordinate physical laboratory efforts with facilities and management to meet the needs of the undergraduate laboratories.

Assist Departmental Teaching Assistants, students, faculty and staff to resolve technical issues related to labs or lab equipment and provide advice concerning their procedures and techniques. Provide support for project and design elements of undergraduate courses. Construct, prototypes, research, and lead innovative design efforts involving new sensors and experiments working with the help of student teaching assistants to meet course goals. Assist in the administration and placement of Departmental Teaching Assistants by providing necessary training, assistance with laboratory key access, and oversight. Serve as a liaison with the Information Technology department with respect to laboratory software and software licenses in labs. Keep records of current versions and license status to ensure the smooth running of all laboratory computer programs. Assist with computer maintenance and set-up in laboratories.

Assist the Undergraduate Laboratory Manager in maintaining the ECE budget for undergraduate laboratory equipment and supplies. This includes tracking and justifying purchases for laboratories in an efficient manner and ordering restock. Ensure compliance with all safety standards in ECE laboratories where lab equipment, supplies, and components are concerned. Provide overall laboratory support and coordination as needed completing Department tasks not necessarily listed here.

Coordinate with Teaching Assistants to keep labs in working order for each lab offering during the semester. Assist the Undergraduate Laboratory Manager with course laboratory site management to post and deploy laboratory content each week of lab. This should be done in tandem with managing the weekly upkeep of labs in order to ensure the parts and components needed to each laboratory session are present and available in quantity for labs.

Skills preferred:

Test & measurement experience, Circuit prototyping and wiring practices, Embedded system experience, Spice circuit simulation, 3D printing experience, SolidWorks, Matlab, LabVIEW, FPGA experience, Verilog, schematic capture and circuit layout software, inventory management software.

A degree in engineering or engineering sciences with laboratory or test & measurement experience is preferred. Seeking a self-motivated team player able to learn and work independently.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, genderidentity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, orveteran status.*******************************************************Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Work requires a thorough knowledge of the principles of engineeringand related natural sciences acquired through completion of aBachelor's degree program in an Engineering science or a relatednatural science such as Physics or Chemistry. Due to professionalexemption, equivalent experience cannot be substituted for bachelor'sdegree.



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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


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