The Electronics Design Shop exists to educate students, postdocs and faculty on the most effective way to design and fabricate electronics equipment needed for signal generation, data collection and scientific instrument control. In cases where equipment or components can be commercially purchased or existing designs reused, this path is always preferable to redesign and in house fabrication. This policy allows electronics shop staff to perform consulting, design and fabrication services for instruments not otherwise available at the most reasonable rates while focusing on enabling the creation of new capabilities for the students, postdocs and faculty.
The Electronics Engineer is responsible for day to day operational and administrative functions within the Electronics Design Shop. Primary duties include identification of specialty equipment needed to fabricate advanced electronics equipment to support research at NU, identification of outsourcing options for board and boxes, training students, post-doc’s and faculty on design, outsourcing, fabrication principles and assistance troubleshooting and repairing devices. The Electronics Engineer is expected to develop a catalog of designs and products which can be used to benefit the entire user community. This position will require extensive time to be spent in the shop as supervision of students performing assembly will be required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Has primary oversight of developing state-of-the-art and one-off systems fabricated in-house or as out-sourced projects
2. Performs training of students on electronics design and fabrication
3. Manages shop safety programming and regulatory compliance
- Develops and monitors training programs for users
- Coordinates health, safety, and risk management protocols
- Maintains OSHA compliance
4. Determines routine and incidental equipment service and maintenance needs.
5. Performs device fabrication on a fee for service basis
6. Responsible for the scheduling, tracking and billing of both ongoing and completed projects
7. Assists Director with completion of monthly and annual reports on ES metrics including usage, safety, and financial metrics
8. Leads and approves major supply procurement processes
9. Sets, monitors, and maintains supply levels
Collaborative and Strategic
10. Consults regularly on new projects with researchers, staff, and suppliers;
11. Drives strategic planning relative to the Shop, including but not limited to:
- Coordination with Mechatronics and EECS shops on user training and educational initiatives
- Opportunities for growth and integration with the other shops
12. Collaborates with Operations Director of Instrument Shop on projects involving relevant electronics
13. Assists in the development of the Shop’s annual budget
14. Manages the budget
KNOWLEDGE & SKILL REQUIREMENTS
1. System design, selection of COTS components where possible
2. Experience with circuit board design software (EAGLE, MULTISIM, Ultiboard, Altium or LabCenter Proteus)
3. Experience programming /integrating field-programmable gate array (FPGA) with high speed data acquisition systems
4. Programing Skills (Python, MatLab, LabVIEW, JAVA, C++)
5. Microcomputer programming (e.g. SOIC, Microchip or Amtel)
6. Experience with commercial computer device programming interfaces such as NI Arduino and Intel Edison
7. Analog & digital circuit design, prototyping, testing
8. RF / Microwave design and device troubleshooting
9. Digital signal processing
10. One-on-one teaching, supervision of student projects, interfacing with faculty and researcher needs
11. Excellent communication skills
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Candidate must be able to adapt to fast paced environment where schedules are based on the academic, granting and research calendars and unexpected issues will frequently arise due to the nature of research and the fact that students are learning both project planning and time management skills. Onsite and phone support are expected as needed by stakeholders. Must be able to lift, carry, push, and/or pull items weighing up to 40 pounds. Frequent standing, walking, stooping, and bending required.
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position using application number 299311 at http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/. Please submit the online application. Applicants should submit a CV and three references via email to email@example.com.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.