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College of Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary, Part-Time Research Scientist/Engineer.
Field of Research:
This position supports the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds (WCET) and the Photonics Research Center (PRC), which support academic and outside research activities by a) providing an integrative training environment for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students that helps them understand energy materials, devices, and systems; and b) operating as an open user facility for other University and industry research activities when not being used for classes.
Purpose of Research Project:
Research undertaken at WCET and PRC is focused on the development of novel energy materials devices, algorithms and other technologies. The equipment, analytical instrumentation, and computing capabilities are designed to meet the flexible needs of a multidisciplinary user base.
Major Duties & Responsibilities:
The Research Scientist/Engineer is responsible for instrument maintenance, demonstration, training, and sample evaluation using a variety of fabrication and analysis techniques. The position is split between two closely located user facilities. The WCET Research Training Testbed houses industry-grade fabrication and analysis equipment for studies of new clean energy-related materials and devices. Similarly, the PRC is a multi-user shared research facility that houses state-of-the art equipment for the fabrication, materials characterization, and device testing associated with thin film optoelectronic devices. This position will be included in the WCET staff hierarchy and will support WCET facilities focused on prototyping, commercial-scale fabrication and systems integration as needed.
Specifically, the person in this role will execute the following duties:
Equipment Maintenance – 30%
•Perform basic preventative maintenance and calibrations. •Investigate instrument-related issues, execute troubleshooting procedures. •Contact vendor maintenance specialists if problem cannot be fixed by WCET or PRC staff. •Anticipate the need for consumables and accessories for equipment based on demand. •Be cross trained on fabrication, processing, manufacturing, and systems integration instruments to provide secondary support to other parts of WCET.
Facility Operation – 50%
•Work with other facility staff and users to perform and train users in sample preparation, execution of analysis, interpretation of data, and reporting of results. •Assist professors and instructors in leading educational activities in the Research Training Testbed, ensuring safe and proper use of fabrication equipment and analytical instruments. •Coordinate with other staff members in order to schedule facilities and equipment use in an efficient fashion. •Execute standard operating procedures for facility users. Suggest and document practical changes for approval by management. Feasibility and validation studies of new or revised methods. •Ensure compliance with UW and local regulatory and permitting authorities’ requirements. •Define and carry out organization of RTT and PRC lab, safety, equipment management, procedures. •Participate in the preparation of new grant and contract proposals to secure research funding. Assist in assessment of cost, scope and schedule of projects. •Contribute to reports to universities, sponsors, funding agencies, and other requesting organizations. •Participate in the acquisition, management, and installation of equipment and/or devices relevant to current and upcoming research projects. •Participate in equipment training and education to help broaden applications of facilities instrumentation for potential users.
User and Community Interaction – 20%
•Work directly with local researchers from UW, industry, national labs, and other academic institutions to support their needs through equipment and processing training and support. •Develop and implement protocols for training junior scientists in the safe use of laboratory equipment for preparing and testing thin film solar cells, semiconductor materials, colloidal nanoparticles, batteries, and photocatalysts. •Communicate with users to thoroughly understand their research and facility needs and report results. •Contribute to technical and educational resources (manuals, webpages, training modules, etc.) and provide materials, lessons, and presentations for visitors, users, and guests to WCET. •Assist in science technology engineering and math (STEM) outreach activities and events.
Required skills and abilities:
•Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or another relevant field. •1- 3 years of experience with a variety of materials analysis and/or electroanalytical instrumentation, sample preparation, health and safety regulations, and equipment maintenance. •Experience with complicated instrumentation with auxiliary equipment (chillers, vacuum pumps, etc.). •Demonstration of logical problem solving to provide expedient and enduring corrective actions for laboratory problems. •Ability to write and document lab policies and procedures clearly, communicate with users during training and supervisory exercises. •Experience providing excellent customer service to clients in technical fields. •Ability to multi-task and complete multiple projects in a timely manner •Ability to train and interaction with students and scientists with a range of backgrounds and levels of education.
Desired skills and abilities:
•Master’s degree or higher in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, or another relevant field. •Experience with fabrication of novel devices and/or systems. •Experience in clean energy or clean technology research •Experience with computer programing and software coding •Ability to plan and execute complex projects involving characterization of experimental devices fabricated by novel methods. •Extensive background in chemistry, physics, materials science and/or engineering with a focus on analytical technique use and development •Experience working in a university setting
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