Rockefeller University Instrumentation Engineer in New York, New York
Job Title Instrumentation Engineer
Laboratory / Department Precision Instrumentation Technologies (PIT) Resource Center
The Rockefeller University Precision Instrumentation Technologies (PIT) Resource Center enables high-end scientific instrument design and fabrication for the diverse research applications of the University's 70 Laboratories. Through interactive engagement with Rockefeller scientists, the PIT provides end-to-end service from conceptualization to application of scientific instrumentation. The PIT is staffed by a team with complementary expertise in optical design, mechanical design and fabrication, electronics design, and precision fabrication.
The Instrumentation Engineer will join a team of experts in optical design, mechanical design and fabrication, electronics design, and precision fabrication and will interface with other PIT staff and/or engage directly with research laboratory scientists. Responsibilities will include supporting Rockefeller laboratories by realizing instrument solutions to address specific scientific needs, providing systems-level integration of different modules, including mechanical, electronic, and software components, and engaging with laboratories to identify and refine instrument designs. Will leverage available local and external fabrication resources to fabricate system modules; assemble, test, and document developed instrument solutions before they transition to the research laboratories; and interactively and iteratively troubleshoot designed instruments and implement required adjustments. Additional responsibilities will include participating in professional development opportunities to keep up-to-date with current technologies and preparing periodic written and verbal reports. The Instrumentation Engineer will be an integral member of a small and close-knit team and will take on a broad range of tasks, such as general administrative and maintenance duties related to facility operations, as needed.
Bachelor's degree in mechanical, optical, systems engineering, or a related field required. An enthusiasm for and a keen interest in scientific research and engineering, particularly the areas of neuroscience, biophysics, biology, physics, bioengineering, and/or electrical engineering, is a must. Must have a minimum of 3-5 years of increasingly responsible roles within a high-end engineering or scientific environment and at least two years of hands-on experience with mechanical workshop machinery, including CNC mill, lathe, and milling machines. Excellent working experience and knowledge of 3D mechanical design software such as SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, or related software a must. The ability to read, create, and revise technical drawings and work from drawings, including ones made by others, is required. Must have knowledge of and experience designing basic electronics circuits for hardware control, outsourcing electronics and mechanical designs efficiently, ideally with an established working relationship with several vendors, and programming languages such as MATLAB, Mathematica, or Python. Experience with microfabrication tools and techniques and rapid prototyping equipment (3D printer, laser cutter), preferred. Excellent organizational skills, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships in a team environment. Must be flexible, results-oriented, and willing to accomplish set goals.
This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans