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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 15, 2021

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Job no: 236618-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Engineering

Position Summary:

To understand our world and the universe, the IDP group within the SSEC develops, deploys and supports drilling systems and instrumentation in support of the national scientific community's research across the world in polar and glacial regions. IDP's history of supporting and developing a diverse set of ice drilling and coring systems, rock drills, and associated support equipment ranges from small hand-held drills to ice drill systems that drill through the icecaps to retrieve rock cores. The challenge of operating drills and systems, in these environments, requires a broad set of disciplines and skills from the team of people involved. This dynamic environment requires us to learn about new scientific advances, systems and technologies on a regular basis. This position requires periodic travel to Antarctica, Greenland and other polar regions.

The candidate will work closely with multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and technicians to develop state-of-the art unique ice coring and drilling systems for use in the polar regions. The candidate will support the development of engineering requirements; system design; component procurement; part fabrication; and system assembly, test and operational use. This includes defining and conducting trade studies and leading the development of electrical, electro-mechanical and thermal subsystems. Responsibilities may include leading test program activities, procedure development, definition and development of unique test hardware, analysis of test data, and producing test reports. This position will support the maintenance, problem resolution, and upgrade activities for legacy ice drilling systems and will maintain communications with internal and external partners.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

The Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is hiring an electrical engineer for the Ice Drilling Program (IDP) group. Three years of direct engineering experience is preferred for this position. The ideal candidate will have experience with the specification of components for AC power distribution systems up to 480V and for motion systems, and experience selecting values for the typical parameters in programmable motor drives. Ideal candidates will understand the fundamentals of power conversion. Candidates should be familiar with the specifications of electrical/electronic components for ruggedized systems operated in harsh environments. Candidates should be able to identify electrical noise sources, susceptible subsystems, and have knowledge of mitigation techniques, as well as knowledge of the fundamentals of data communications. Ideal candidates will be able to design PCB circuits for analog signal conditioning and PCB circuits with microcontrollers and digital circuits implemented in programmable logic.

* Selected candidate will be required to periodically deploy to remote camps in the polar regions for 1-3 month periods to provide technical support and field operation of equipment.

Desired skills include:
- Wiring diagram drawing tools
- Schematic capture tools
- PCB layout tools
- Programmable logic design tools
- Embedded software development and documentation
- Experience with instrumentation including digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and network analyzers
- Writing skills to produce documentation, fabrication and test procedures, and operations and maintenance manuals



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the "" button. You will need to upload your resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience.


Denise Weidner
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Applications Open: Jul 15 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Oct 29 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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