We are seeking a Sr, Instrument Designer who will be responsible for developing custom machined and fabricated components for members of the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, operating out of a well-equipped machine shop at the Mind/Brain Institute located on the Homewood Campus. The Senior Instrument Designer will design, build, modify and repair components for department faculty, staff and students, assisting individuals with their specific research needs. The Senior Instrument Designer will coordinate the activities of the Krieger Mind/Brain Shop, including supply ordering, and will ensure the shop functions as an efficient provider of research equipment. 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 supervised by the Scientific Director.
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 Scientific Director.
Schedule and prioritize workload with input from the Scientific Director to ensure customers' needs are met.
Purchase materials and supplies from JHU preferred vendors, as appropriate, by submitting purchase request to the front office budget team.
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.
Working knowledge of Bridgeport and Haas style CNC mills as well as manual and CNC tool room lathe.
Ability to use precision tools(e.g.micrometers, calipers, indicators) to take accurate measurements.
Ability to do trigonometry and geometrical math computations.
High School diploma/GED required.
5 years related experience with advance knowledge in instrumentation engineering and design.
Bachelors Degree in an engineering or scientific discipline and/or 5 year Toolmakers Apprenticeship (State Level) and five years of experience; with advance knowledge in instrumentation engineering.
Fabrication of small sheet metal parts.
Tig welding experience.
Classified Title: Sr. Instrument Designer Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CH Starting Salary Range: $29.10-$40.00-$51.00 Employee group: Full Time Schedule: monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: Mind Brain Institute Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
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