The Electronics Design Shop Manager enables fabrication of novel experimental apparatus to conduct cutting edge research by assisting researchers and faculty in the design and fabrication of electronics equipment. Manager will have primary oversight of operations and will assist director in defining initial equipment, services provided and training plans for the startup of this new core facility. When feasible, the Electronics Design Shop Manager will assist groups in choosing commercially available solutions, and when not, the Manager will train students and post-docs to fabricate their own circuitry (preferred) or perform fabrication on a fee for service basis.
Please Note: Candidate must be able to adapt to fast paced environment where schedules are based on the academic, granting and research calendars and unexpected issues will frequently arise due to the nature of research and the fact that students are learning both project planning and time management skills. Onsite and phone support are expected as needed by stakeholders. Must be able to lift, carry, push, and/or pull items weighing up to 40 pounds. Frequent standing, walking, stooping, and bending required.
- Has primary oversight of both design of state of the art in-house and out-sourced electronics design projects;
- Performs training of students on electronics design and fabrication so that they can design, fabricate and troubleshoot electronics circuits/boxes needed to conduct their research projects;
- Manages shop safety programming and regulatory compliance;
- Develops and monitors training programs for users
- Coordinates health, safety, and risk management protocols
- Maintains OSHA compliance
- Determines routine and incidental equipment service and maintenance needs.
- Performs device fabrication on a fee for service basis
- Responsible for the scheduling, tracking and billing of both ongoing and completed projects;
- Assists Director with completion of monthly and annual reports on ES metrics including usage, safety, and financial metrics;
- Leads and approves major supply procurement processes;
- Sets, monitors, and maintains supply levels
Collaborative and Strategic
- Consults regularly on new projects with researchers, staff, and suppliers;
- Drives strategic planning relative to the Shop, including but not limited to:
- Coordination with Mechatronics and EECS shops on user training and educational initiatives
- Opportunities for growth and integration with the other shops;
- Collaborates with Operations Director of Instrument Shop on projects involving relevant electronics
- Assures effective shop facilities coordination.
- Assists in the development of the Shop’s annual budget;
- Manages the budget;
- Produces monthly and annual budget and expense reports.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's in Engineering, Physics or Chemistry field >5 year’s work experience in post terminal degree in a position that requires hands on circuit design, fabrication and advanced troubleshooting.
- System design, selection of COTS components where possible.
- Experience with circuit board design software (EAGLE, MULTISIM, Ultiboard, Altium or LabCenter Proteus).
- Experience programming /integrating field-programmable gate array (FPGA) with high speed data acquisition systems.
- Programing Skills (Python, MatLab, LabVIEW, JAVA, C++).
- Microcomputer programming (e.g. SOIC, Microchip or Amtel).
- Experience with commercial computer device programming interfaces such as NI Arduino and Intel Edison.
- Analog & digital circuit design, prototyping, testing.
- RF / Microwave design and device troubleshooting.
- Digital signal processing.
- One-on-one teaching, supervision of student projects, interfacing with faculty and researcher needs.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
- Past experience managing open access lab in academic environment.
- Past teaching experience.
- Micro soldering
- Reflow soldering
- Board level troubleshooting and repair.
- In field troubleshooting and repair.
- Instrument control and data acquisition electronics/software.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.