Rockefeller University Research Support Assistant in New York, New York
Job Title Research Support Assistant
Laboratory / Department Precision Instrumentation Technologies
The Rockefeller University Precision Instrumentation Technologies (PIT) Resource Center enables high-end scientific instrument design and fabrication for the diverse research applications of the University's 70 Laboratories. Through interactive engagement with Rockefeller scientists, the PIT provides end-to-end service from conceptualization to application of scientific instrumentation. The PIT is staffed by a team with complementary expertise in optical design, mechanical design and fabrication, electronics design, and precision fabrication.
The Research Support Assistant will engage in high-end scientific instrument design and fabrication for the diverse research applications of the University's 70 laboratories. Will support laboratories by effective use of and training on PIT equipment and tools with a focus on makerspace equipment and tools, assist PIT staff in the fabrication, assembly, testing, and documentation of developed instrumentation solutions before they transition to the research laboratories, interactively and iteratively troubleshoot designed instruments and implement required adjustments, maintain and organize equipment, inventory, and stock materials, and provide general lab upkeep as necessary. Focus on safety concerning all people and lab equipment at all times.
Bachelor's degree and educational emphasis in mechanical, optical, systems engineering, or a related field required. Must have familiarity with 2D and 3D mechanical design software such as SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor, and hands-on experience with 3D printers (FFF, MJP, DLP). Knowledge of common scientific programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, or C/C++, experience with microcontrollers or single board computers including Arduino or Raspberry pi, hands-on experience with mechanical workshop machinery including lathe, milling machines, CNC mills, laser cutters, experience with microfabrication tools and techniques, and technical proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop highly desired. Excellent organizational, time management, interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to create and maintain excellent working relationships in a team environment necessary. Must be a results-oriented, innovative problem solver with enthusiasm for and a keen interest in scientific research and engineering, in particular in the areas of neuroscience, biophysics, biology, physics/optics, bioengineering, and/or electrical engineering. Must be excited to work as an integral member of a small, dynamic, close-knit team and willing to take on a broad range of tasks as needed.
This job requires that employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Rockefeller University provides reasonable accommodations where legally required including accommodations for medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans