This position supports the research and development mission of experimental research groups within the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago. Provides mechanical and technical support for mechanical engineers and scientists working on experimental instrumentation, including high-altitude balloon payloads and high-energy physics experiments.
Collaborates closely with faculty, students, technical staff, and local professional machinist staff. May interface with machine shops outside the university.
80%- Provide direct support for research projects, including tasks such as light machining, simple fabrication, equipment assembly, troubleshooting, and painting.
Other tasks include documentation of assembly/disassembly procedures, measurements/metrology of equipment, general maintenance (cleaning/organizing) of laboratory spaces and equipment. May include simple electro-mechanical tasks such as wire harness construction.
10%- Work with students and postdocs on their research projects, providing feedback on fabrication and assembly tasks. Liaising with professional local machinists and with machine shops outside the university.
10%- Other duties as assigned
Strong mechanical aptitude with a good attention to detail
Extensive experience with power tools and hand tools
Experience with light machining equipment (drill press, end mill, lathe)
Familiarity with modern automated fabrication procedures (rapid prototyping, 3D printing)
Familiarity with simple electrical circuits a plus
Familiarity with modern 3D CAD software (e.g., Inventor) a plus
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to identify and implement creative solutions to technical research problems with atypical and challenging constraints.
Strong interpersonal and (oral & written) communication skills and the ability to work independently
Education, Experience or Certifications:
High School Diploma, required
Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering or closely related field preferred
One Year experience with assembly or fabrication, preferably in a scientific setting
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