We are seeking a Senior Instrument Designer whowill be responsible for developing custom components for members of the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University, operating out of a well-equipped machine shop at the School of Medicine. The Senior Instrument Designer will design, build, modify and repair components for department faculty, staff and students, and members of its affiliated centers and institutes, assisting individuals with their specific research needs. The Senior Instrument Designer will coordinate activities within the Neuroscience Machine Shop, including supply ordering, and will ensure the shop functions as efficient service center of the university. The individual will be expected to perform assignments independently to achieve expected results, in close consultation with faculty or research staff members. Work will be co-supervised by the Neuroscience Machine Shop Oversight Committee (technical) and the Neuroscience Administrator (administrative and financial).
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Design, construct, fabricate, modify, improve, and ensure workability of instruments and mechanisms; consult with faculty, research scientists, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, exchanging ideas and advising them on what needs to be accomplished to meet their design, modification and repair needs in the most efficient, effective, and safe way; problem solve and provide solutions. Repair and test equipment for faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and students, in support of their projects, designs, and ideas of experimental machinery. Recommend and advise on project materials by explaining the differences in how the material will react and perform, the costs associated with each material, and the suitability of each material with regards to the success of the project.
Coordinate with personnel at the university's 3D printing/rapid prototyping facilities to produce 3D-printing instruments, when such option presents an appropriate alternative to machining.
Provide reasonably accurate estimates of time and materials required to meet the clients' design needs; keep accurate records of time and materials spent on each job or project; prepare Service Requests, including time and materials, for the Machine Shop Administrator.
Schedule and prioritize workload with input from the Oversight Committee to ensure customers' needs are met.
Purchase materials and supplies from JHU preferred vendors, as appropriate, by procurement card and/or SAP eMarketplace.
Provide documentation to Machine Shop Administrator to ensure timely reconciliation of P-card purchases.
Ensure that routine maintenance on Machine Shop equipment is performed so that it functions properly, efficiently and productively; periodically assess the state of the Machine Shop to ensure efficient utilization and adequate resources for future research and development, equipment, and space needs.
Maintain organization, order and cleanliness of all shop areas.
Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering or scientific discipline and/or Toolmakers Apprenticeship (State Level) and evidence of practical experience, with advanced knowledge in instrumentation engineering.
Proven comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art machining operations, preferably in a research and teaching environment.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Thorough knowledge of personal computers, including word processing and spreadsheets.
High level of sound, independent judgment and analytical ability to resolve technical and administrative problems; inherent ability to problem solve and suggest solutions.
Excellent interpersonal skills to assist and communicate effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, on-campus shops and labs, and external vendors.
Candidate must possess initiative, problem-solving, and innovation skills, as well as professionalism, adaptability and organizational skills to keep pace in a constantly evolving pool of research ideas and projects.
Ability to lift heavy equipment. Working knowledge of computer aided design (CAD) software highly desirable.
Classified Title: Sr. Instrument Designer Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CH Starting Salary Range: $29.10 - $40.00/hr (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: 5/40 Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine Campus Department name: SOM Neuro Sci Neuroscience Personnel area: School of Medicine
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