Scientific Instrument Technician

Full time Regular Employment at University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

Categories: Science, Support Services

Location: Mānoa

Open date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Closing date: Thursday, December 15, 2022

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Summary

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawaii at Manoa is seeking a Scientific Instrument Technician with responsibilities in the day-to-day management of the Institute's Manoa scientific instrument development/fabrication shop.

Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a vocational degree in machine shop technology or related field and 6 year(s) of progressively responsible professional experience with responsibilities for a instrumentation or machine shop; or equivalent education/training or experience.

2. Considerable working knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in the use of CNC machines and CAD systems as demonstrated by the broad knowledge of the full range of pertinent standard and evolving concepts, principles and methodologies.

3. Considerable working knowledge and understanding of applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations and theories and systems associated with machine shops.

4. Demonstrated ability to resolve wide ranging complex problems through the use of creative reasoning and logic to accurately determine the cause of the problems and the resolution of the problems in an effective, innovative and timely manner.

5. Demonstrated ability to interpret and present information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally and by preparation of reports and other materials.

6. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external organizations, groups, team leaders and members, and individuals.

7. Demonstrated ability to operate a personal computer and apply word processing software.

8. For supervisory work, demonstrated ability to lead subordinates, manage work priorities and projects, and manage employee relations.

9. Seven years of journey worker experience in one or more mechanical trades, three years of which must have involved supervisory level work in the fabrication, modification, and repair of scientific instruments.

10. Extensive knowledge of CNC machinery, CAD systems, tools, materials, methods, and practices of one or more mechanical trades as applied to the design, fabrication, and field integration of scientific equipment/instruments.

11. Extensive knowledge of laboratory and shop fabrication techniques and methods used in the development of scientific instrumentation.

12. Considerable knowledge in the development and execution of operating budgets, estimation of labor, materials, and equipment requirements, and coordination and review of work assignments to subordinate technicians.

13. Considerable knowledge of applicable hazards, safety precautions, and the proper use of shop/laboratory equipment, machinery and scientific instruments.

14. Considerable knowledge of various materials strengths and stress tolerance factors and the ability to make mathematical computations.

15. Ability to conceptualize finished products through discussions with research scientists and engineers, pencil sketches and blueprints.

16. Ability to diagnose problems and make constructive recommendations.

17. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty members, engineers, research personnel and others contacted in the course of work.

18. Skill in the fabrication, modification, and repair of scientific equipment constructed from metal, plastic or other materials.

Desirable Qualifications

1. Knowledge of personal computers, word processing and spreadsheets.

2. Knowledge of SolidWorks CAD software.

Additional Information

Inquiries: Peter Onaka; ponaka@hawaii.edu

To Apply:

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About University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy

The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-meter telescope atop Maunakea.

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The Institute for Astronomy is one of the world's leading astronomical research centers. Its broad-based program includes studies of the Sun, planets, and stars, as well as interstellar matter, galaxies, and cosmology. IFA operates the University of Hawaiʻi 2.2-meter telescope atop Maunakea.