Reporting to the Professor, the incumbent will be involved in mechanical and electrical construction of UV and visible instrumentation, and mechanical assemblies for several NASA and NSF astrophysics projects; including a balloon-borne ultraviolet spectrograph and a ground-based optical spectrograph.
This is a two-year position with the possibility of extension if additional funding is secured.
Some laboratory activities may involve mechanical, optical, and electrical test equipment and organization, use of CAD design software, assembly of machined parts, metrology, Q/A and performance characterization. Duties will consist of:
Set-up and characterization using a UV-optical test facility for optics, coatings and detectors
Set-up of other electro-mechanical hardware and test equipment
Maintaining laboratory supplies and equipment
Assist the science and engineering team in process development
Preparation and follow-up work of all laboratory projects and activities
Submits purchase request of general and specific supplies and equipment
Part and equipment Q/A, cleaning, test fixture set-up and dismantling
Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned
Computer system maintenance
Minimum one (1) year of experience in a research environment.
Bachelor's Degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or related scientific discipline.
General mechanical technician skills are highly desirable, and relevant experience with CAD design software, astrophysics instrumentation, and programming and data analysis are also desirable.
This job requires a high level of concentration and attention to detail. Applicants must be hard working, take pride in his/her work and be willing to learn new, technically sophisticated tasks to be carried out as part of a multi-institution coordinated work flow.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 505371
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