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Position Summary

A research technician position is available in the lab of Prof. Chong Xie at Rice University (Houston TX). Our lab is focused on the development of ultra-flexible polymer neural probes for electrophysiological recording of brain activity in small animals. We strive to create an electrode for stable chronic recordings lasting multiple months with the goal of translation of this technology for clinical use in humans.
As a research technician you will be playing a key role on neural probe assembly and assist in small batch manufacturing using various micromachining tools. Ideally, you will already have familiarity with a microscope and small hand tools. Prior experience with PCB assembly and prototyping tools like 3D printer, CNC mill, laser cutter, etc is a plus. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is willing to learn and thrives in multifaceted projects.

Essential Functions
  • PCB assembly (SMT and connector soldering)
  • Probe assembly and small hand tool operation
  • Conducting quality testing and maintaining track record of the results
  • Micromanufacturing tool operation (laser cutters, 3D printer, etc)
  • Assists in conducting research and experiments
  • Collects, tracks and analyzes data using spreadsheets and databases
  • Assists in the setup of the laboratory and day-to-day laboratory technical operations including promoting safety, maintaining equipment, creating kits and preparing reagents
  • Monitors and maintains repository of clinical samples
  • Prepares procurement requests and orders materials and supplies, manages samples and stocks database, sets-up and manages experiments, and maintains research results for publications
  • Performs all other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
  • HS Diploma and 5 years of lab or related experience
  • Experience with PCB assembly like SMT soldering, reflow oven operation, QA testing equipment
  • Demonstrated ability to work with small hand tools under microscope
  • Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software, Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in relevant math and research skills
  • Good organization skills and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to listen and communicate (verbal, written)
  • Ability to work independently and in team environments
  • Ability to conduct evaluate and analyze data
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards
  • Any education above the required amount of education can be substituted on a year-by-year basis for the experience requirement.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study
  • Experience with PCB design and procurement
  • Experience of operating CNC tools and knowledge of g-code programming language
  • Prior experience with medical device assembly or quality testing
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