Laboratory Coordinator, Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems - College of Engin

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Laboratory Coordinator

Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS)

College of Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS) is soliciting applications for the position of Laboratory Coordinator focused on prototyping and testing electrified power systems including thermal management. The increase of power density for mobile electrified systems requires extensive sub-system and system level testing of new technologies prior to deploying them commercially. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. This position will report to the POETS Director and will be located at the POETS test facility, a new space developed in the Research Park at Illinois. The expected start date is as soon as possible following the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

POETS' long-term goal is to increase the power density of current mobile electrified systems by 10-100 times over current state of the art systems. While ambitious, this would have a profound impact on a mobile electrified infrastructure of the U.S. and beyond. On-highway vehicles could save between 100-300 million liters of fuel per year and could nearly double the range of all-electric vehicles. Off-highway vehicles could save approximately 100 billion liters of fuel since their electrification is starting from a less mature point than current on-highway vehicles. Similarly, aircraft could see 10-30 billion liters of fuel saved as well as up to 10 million tons of CO2 saved from going into the high altitude atmosphere. These economic and environmental impacts are just the beginning of the art of the possible with the achievement of the POETS vision. More information about POETS is available at:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and enforce the Lab Safety Program including implementing appropriate lockout/tagout procedures on equipment, ensuring safety training among users, controlling laboratory access based on safety training and compliance, regular documented evaluations of equipment and procedures for safety, preparedness drills, and other tasks as required.
  • Manage lab equipment inventory including electric motor test stands, drive electronics, instrumentation and data acquisition systems, chiller systems, rotating machinery, power electronics including supplies/meters/scopes.
  • Take a hands-on approach to procuring materials, equipment, and resources for use in a variety of projects, and to instruct and consult with graduate students, faculty, and research staff across POETS on areas of prototyping and testing.
  • Work with lab users to develop detailed Test Plans including safety planning for each test being performed, timeline of the tests, coordination of different tests being performed on the same equipment.
  • Develop new lab equipment and testing procedures as needed including formulating test plans with test facility users, promoting a safe working environment, and ensuring the POETS testbed facility is properly maintained and calibrated.
  • Prototype high power density sub-systems and systems; including electrical and thermal aspects.
  • Test high power density sub-systems and systems; including electrical and thermal aspects.
  • Keep current with state of the art approaches for testing power and thermal systems related to high density electronic systems.
  • Actively participate in recruiting members to join our center as a member and/or to use it on a "fee-per-use basis" as a customer; therefore, interfacing with external industrial contacts will be a routine expectation.
  • Partner with faculty to submit proposals for research funding.
  • Collaborate with students and faculty in publishing research and composing technical reports.
  • Make presentations to sponsors, faculty, staff, etc. on research work.
  • Supervise Postdoctoral Research Associates and students including work assignment and performance management
  • Assist students and researchers as needed.
  • Assume additional appropriate related lab coordinator duties to further the mission of the center.

  • Minimum Qualifications
    • B.S. in Engineering and five years of relevant work experience, or M.S. in Engineering and three years of relevant work experience, or equivalent
    • Ability to manage personnel safety aspects of working in a medium-voltage test facility with rotating machinery
    • Demonstrated experience prototyping and testing related to power and thermal systems for high density electronics
    • Ability and willingness to use common tools required to perform routine maintenance and inspection tasks
    • Ability and willingness to perform outreach to identify new business opportunities
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to develop, write, and critique technical papers and research proposals
    • Ability to represent the center to the public and interface effectively with industrial clients during tours and visits
    • Ability to manage multiple priorities
    • Possess excellent organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
    • Possess strong communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively in a collaborative environment
    • Ability to work with diverse populations as well as contribute to the diversity of our campus community

    Preferred Qualifications
    • M.S. in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering and 5 years of relevant work experience or equivalent
    • Experience with outreach and business development; as a lead individual or as a core contributor to a larger team
    • Ability to provide samples of power electronic or thermal management prototypes built
    • Demonstrated experience with Matlab/Simulink™ and Labview
    • Demonstrated experience with microcontrollers and digital signal processors
    • Proficiency with CAD tools such as AutoCAD, Solidworks, PSpice or SABER

    To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references as a single PDF file by November 7, 2017. Interviews may take place prior the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Summer Redman at [email protected] or 217-300-5400.

    The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

    College Name or Administrative Unit: Engineering
    Category: Academic Professional
    Title: Laboratory Coordinator, Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems - College of Engineering Administration (A1700549)
    Open Date: 09/07/2017
    Organization Name: Engineering Administration





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    Posted: 3/16/2018
    Application Due: 5/9/2018
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