Experimental Technician

Jul 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Experimental Technician

Job Number:

Experimental Technician, Classification G, 100% FTE, Non-Exempt, 1 Year Fixed

School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department

Electrical Engineering is the largest department in the School of Engineering at Stanford with nearly 60 faculty and over 1000 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. The department's graduate programs continue to draw from a very strong application pool. University rankings, including the 2010 NRC ranking of doctoral programs, continue to place our department in the top group of all electrical engineering departments in the nation.

The Neural Prosthetic Systems lab in the Electrical Engineering Department conducts neuroscience, neuroengineering, and translational research to better understand how the brain controls movements, and to design medical systems to assist people with movement disabilities. The lab is seeking an experimental technician to lead and perform a variety of projects and tasks to help accelerate research and streamline daily operations for graduate students, postdocs, and animal technicians in the lab.

Electrical Engineering website: https://www-ee.stanford.edu/

Job Purpose

Assists in the development and execution of basic mechanical design, assembly and tooling to develop or improve products and facilitate manufacturing operations.

Job Responsibilities*

  • Computer aided design (CAD) of specialized metal parts for our laboratory experiments.
  • Coordinate with outside vendor(s) to have these CAD designs machined / 3D printed.
  • Receive and assemble parts, install in experimental setup, test performance mechanically, electrically, and optically.
  • Lead interactions with a range of vendors where custom systems are needed and coordinate as issues arise.
  • Lead interactions with machine shop on campus.
  • Catalog (database) and organize (timelines) variety of parts and systems in lab and coming to lab.
  • Design and install variety of storage and procedure stations in lab.
  • Program (MATLAB, Python, UNIX) specific software elements associated with conducting experiments / analyzing data.
  • Background research on commercial systems available to meet experimental needs, and then generate purchase orders.

    * - Other job responsibilities may also be assigned

    Education & Experience:

    Associate degree or certificate of completion in a related engineering discipline or 3 years of related equivalent relevant work experience or combination of education and experience

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform basic mechanical designs and modeling.
  • Must have basic understanding of manufacturing capabilities and be able to demonstrate the ability to design for manufacturability.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of tolerances, clearances, and fit of parts.
  • Fair understanding of Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Ability to read and translate drawings and sketches from established design concepts.
  • Ability to perform detailed work with high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with supervision, follow department standards and processes.
  • Ability to work with others effectively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational and communication (both written and verbal) skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of job-required software applications and tools.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) or similar software.

    -We are unable to provide Sponsorship for this position.

    Physical Requirements*

  • Constantly perform desk based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, and use a telephone.
  • Occasionally grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork, and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to ten pounds.
  • Visual acuity required.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

    Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

    Applicants are required to upload a cover letter and resume to be considered for this opening.

    About Stanford University

    Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

    Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 that is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote healthy and fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

    Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Thank you for your interest!

    Job: Research

    Location: School of Engineering
    Schedule: Full-time
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    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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