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Sponsored Research Technical Staff
  • Job Number: 23983
  • Functional Area: Research - Scientific
  • Department: Kavli Inst for Astrophysics & Space Rsrch
  • School Area: Science
  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Employment Category: Exempt
  • Visa Sponsorship Available: No
  • Schedule:

Job Description

SPONSORED RESEARCH TECHNICAL STAFF, Kavli Institute for Astrophysics-Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Group, to manage LIGO’s on-campus laboratories and facilities and assist with the technical aspects of the various research and development projects of the group.  These projects typically involve precision mechanical, electro-mechanical, and/or optical-mechanical assemblies and high- and ultra-vacuum systems. There will also be opportunities to travel to LIGO’s Washington and Louisiana sites to help with activities involving LIGO detectors (instrument assembly, installation, and testing).  Responsibilities include operating and maintaining high- and ultrahigh-vacuum systems; preparing mechanical and optical equipment for in-vacuum use; precision mechanical assembly, alignment, and testing of complex instruments, typically in a clean room; assisting with the development of new components for the LIGO detectors and with the design, construction, and setup of research projects in the LIGO labs; maintaining  the infrastructure in the LIGO labs; supporting general laboratory safety; and performing other duties as needed.  

Job Requirements
REQUIRED:  associate’s degree in a technical field, e.g., mechanics or electronics; three years’ related work experience, including at least two years with high- and ultrahigh-vacuum systems and vacuum contamination control; ability to read and understand mechanical drawings, technical specifications, assembly instructions, and test procedures; interest in identifying problems, crafting solutions, and ensuring their successful installation and implementation, working independently or on a team where both leadership and team playing are crucial; ability to lift 20+ pounds; and proficiency with standard computer applications (e.g., Word, Excel, web).  PREFERRED:  bachelor's degree in a technical field; experience with scientific instrument design and assembly; good precision manual machining skills using drill press, bandsaw,  milling machines, and metalworking lathes; basic electrical instrumentation troubleshooting experience; and experience with laser systems.  Job #23983