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Engineer Associate I/II/III

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jun 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

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Division Name

College of Sciences & Math

Position Title

Engineer Associate I/II/III

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Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The Magnetized Plasma Research Laboratory ( MPRL ) in the Physics Department at Auburn University invites applications for an engineer associate position that will be available beginning in August 2021.

This job provides technical and organizational service for the Magnetized Plasma Research Laboratory in the Auburn University Physics Department. The primary tasks will focus on support of research operations for the Magnetized Dusty Plasma ( MDPX ) project – a federally-funded, shared user research facility for basic plasma science research. Additional responsibilities will include providing technical support and test and measurement support for for the various plasma experiments in the laboratory.

Essential Functions

Specific tasks will include: (1) Maintainance of mechanical and electrical hardware and equipment in the laboratory and will also build new equipment, as nceeded. (2) Support and operate hardware for high vacuum systems, develop electrical and mechanical components that will operate in high magnetic fields (up to 4 Tesla), build and maintain high-power electrical systems, and design electronic circuits; (3) Support and develop hardware-to-computer interfaces, e.g., using National Instruments LabView software. (4) Working very closely with undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and staff scientists in the laboratory and in the Physics Department. The technician will work with the group’s research scientist to oversee the general physical operation of the laboratory, making sure mechanical and vacuum supplies are available, ensuring that the laboratory is a safe working environment, and maintaning safety and maintenance records.

Because the laboratory operates as a shared user facility that regularly hosts external users, as successful candidate must have excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, must be able to flexibly work with deadlines, and must be able to work with a highly diverse team of individuals that will include domestic and international team members.

Education Level

Associate's degree

Field of Study

Electronics, Engineering or a related field

Years of Experience

Six years of relevant experience for a Level I

Area of Experience

Electronics, Engineering or related field.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

For a Level II Engineering Associate, eight years of relevant experience is required.
Fora Level III Engineering Associate, ten years of relevant experience is required.

Education Level

When a candidate has the required experience, but lacks the required education, they may normally apply additional relevant experience toward the education requirement, at a rate of two (2) years relevant experience per year of required education.

Field of Study

Years of Experience

When a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per yer of required experience.

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required. Due to restrictions of the federal funding on this position, candidate will be required to be a United States Citizen. Candidate must have a commitment to developing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

A candidate with extensive experience in mechanical assembly, electronic and electrical circuit assembly and debugging. Computer skills in interfacing hardware and software (for example, using LabView), and experience with computer-based data acquisition. Some experience with radio-frequency (RF) electronics and vacuum systems is also highly desirable.

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Salary Range

$45,100 - $99,600

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Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have an Associate's degree or higher in Physics, Engineering, Mechanics, Electronics, related field OR 4 years of experience to use in lieu of a degree?
    • Yes
    • No

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