Robotics Laboratory Technician

Job description

Under the direction of the robotics faculty in the Computer Science department, this position oversees the day-to- day operations of the robotics fabrication lab. This position helps to build and maintain robotic platforms, actively teaches students how to use the required tools to accomplish their tasks, manages inventory and performs inventory control. Success in this position includes creating a laboratory environment that maximizes student and faculty productivity; exploring new materials and tools as they become available; making creative contributions to the academic output of the laboratory; and demonstrating competency and sensitivity in working in an academic community that is diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire. Must be a current Colorado resident to apply.

Who we are:

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

What your key responsibilities will be:

Robotics Fabrication Laboratory Coordination and Support

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the robotics laboratory to establish priorities, and to ensure adherence to schedules and safety guidelines. Conduct specialized technical tasks for faculty, student, and external customers to design, fabricate, and repair robotic systems in the Computer Science department. This requires knowledge in metalworking, rapid prototyping, using epoxy, flexible polymers, composites, molding and mold-making, soldering, etc.
  • Act as a subject-matter-expert to instruct and resolve issues for faculty and students related to manufacturing as issues arise. This includes providing technical guidance and assistance concerning work methods, the use of equipment, techniques, and the analysis of results. Must stay current on new developments, skills, and knowledge in robotics, electronics, rapid prototyping, and related fields.
  • Educate students in a variety of equipment use such as mills, printed circuit board design, 3D modeling and fabrication, laser cutters, and soldering station to fabricate specialized products. Use a variety of testing equipment including oscilloscopes, waveform generators, power supplies, and mechanical testing equipment.
  • Coordinate the execution of experiments, projects and services with students and faculty to produce one-of- a-kind products. Verify the work of students to ensure efficiency and quality of output.
  • Coordinate and participate in field activities of the robotics laboratory, as needed.
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Inventory, Tool, and Equipment Maintenance
  • Maintain equipment and perform repairs. Arrange for servicing to ensure equipment is properly calibrated.
  • Keep and track tool equipment inventory, determine which tools are needed, recommend equipment and material purchases to purchasing staff.
  • Monitor mobile and stationary robotic platforms in the laboratory to assure proper performance for fieldwork and schedule repairs and maintenance.
  • Ensure student compliance with safety regulations in the use of tools and machines, including behavior around moving parts and the proper storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials.

Electronics Integration and Soldering
  • Review, test, evaluate and modify electronics and equipment as needed by IRISS programmatic needs.
  • Assist in design and integration of systems for use in the field.

What we can offer:

The anticipated starting salary for this position is $55,065.

What you should know:

The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be curious. Be resourceful. Be creative. Be Boulder.


What we require:
  • Four years of laboratory experience related to the work assigned to the position.
    • Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

What you will need:
  • Must be approachable and highly customer service oriented.
  • Detail-oriented, but also able to strategically conceive and coordinate long-term projects planned over a long period of time.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling and software packages.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.

What we'd like you to have:

Experience in each of the following areas:
  • Building and maintaining complex mechatronic systems.
  • Rapid prototyping and metalworking.
  • Embedded systems development and programming.
  • Linux and Windows operating systems.
  • Experience with teaching, training or coaching in a machine shop environment.
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling and electronic design tools.
  • Knowledge of electronics and soldering equipment.
  • Experience in higher education interacting with engineering faculty and students.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Please apply by April 17, 2018.

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at [email protected]. All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV

Application Materials Instructions:To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at

1. A current resume.
Must include date ranges and whether full time or part time work.
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications.
3. DD-214 for veteran applicants.

4. If using the educational substitution for experience: proof of degree or transcripts.

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Job Category: Engineering and Architecture/Physical Science and Engineering

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10344 - Computer Science

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 4, 2018

Closing Date: Apr 17, 2018, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744734





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Posted: 4/5/2018
Application Due: 4/19/2018
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