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Iowa State University Engineer II - Physics and Astronomy in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Engineer II - Physics and Astronomy

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience

Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering or PhysicsAbility to design, prototype, and build custom electronics and mechanical equipment systems

Job Description:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a Engineer II to provide support for students, teaching lab coordinators, and faculty research in high energy physics instrumentation. This support involves the participation in research including faculty research, custom design of upper level student projects/labs and support for undergraduate teaching labs such as trouble shooting equipment malfunctions, identification of repair, recommendation of purchases, and installation of repair parts.

The position also supports the development of new custom equipment systems that includes circuit board design, firmware (e.g. VHDL) programming and familiarity with fast communications systems (e.g., 8b/10b data links). Support in the day-to-day maintenance of teaching lab equipment is expected. Responsibilities also include, under general supervision, constructing, modifying and maintaining electronic and mechanical equipment used for instruction, research or other university programs and services.

The successful applicant will also contribute to the coordination and reporting of building maintenance tasks. The successful candidate will possess the ability to communicate effectively, demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and work effectively in a team. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.Example of Duties• Oversees all phases of assigned standard engineering projects, ensuring the successful conclusion of all phases within an appropriate time and at an appropriate cost.• Prepares or secures and reviews cost estimates, compiles required cost and equipment information, and writes appropriation requests.• Originates formal project requests.• Investigates problems and requirements of projects, and develops plans for solutions in line with economic, personnel, and environmental considerations.Level Guidelines• Intermediate-level position with solid professional and/or technical skills working under general supervision to achieve goals• Applies broad, working knowledge of the principles of the field to moderately complex, difficult, and varied problems and issues• Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action and resolve problems• Responds to a broad range of inquiries and requests• May provide training and/or direction to lower-level staff• May lead projects of moderate scope and complexity• Provides guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Rate Type:Salary

Pay Grade:PS809

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:December 8, 2020

Posting Close Date:February 28, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R3748

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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