Instrumentation Technologist

Madison, Wisconsin
Based on Qualifications. Minimum $55,000 Annually (12 months)
Feb 12, 2018
Mar 02, 2018
PVL 93200
Field of specialization
Analytical, Engineering, General / Technical, Physical
Job Type
Full time

The Instrumentation Technologist will provide electronics support for the research, instructional, and outreach programs in the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry. This person will help create a newly-designed Instrument Design Lab and then manage the electronics area within this lab. This position will support faculty, staff, and students by designing, constructing, testing, improving and repairing specialized research instrumentation. Working closely with departmental engineers, machinists, and glass blower, this person will provide an integrated approach to instruments design. The person filling this position will also develop and offer training on software-instrument interfacing, printed circuit board layout, soldering, and electronics construction techniques.


A. 50% Design, develop, and construct a variety of specialized scientific research instrumentation systems in accordance with user requirements and shop-ready drawings. Test and troubleshoot instrument prototypes. Develop one-of-a-kind instruments in support of research and/or instruction.

B. 20% Manage the Instrument Design Lab in the Department of Chemistry. Oversee the construction of mechanical, electrical, hardware, software, and programming components of instrumentation produced in the Instrument Design Lab. Coordinate and manage the integration of work by department electrician(s), machinist(s) and glass blower(s).

C. 20% Act as technical advisor in the Instrument Design Lab with regards to the design and construction of new instrumentation. Lead training sessions and short classes for principal investigators, researchers (faculty, fellows, residents, graduate students), and staff on the design, fabrication, calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.

D. 10% Prepare proposals including specifications and cost estimates. Collaborate with students, scientists and faculty to contribute to the development of grant and contract proposals. Participate as co-author on abstracts, posters, and manuscripts. Provide supporting documentation and data for abstracts and publications.


Advanced degree in engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science or related field is required.

Two or more years of laboratory experience working with complex analytical instruments, including significant design, building, maintenance, and repair responsibilities is required.

The ideal candidate will have experience and/or the ability to develop prototype electronic circuits required for instrumentation innovations in analytical instruments, including circuit board layout and fabrication, soldering, cable construction, and enclosure adaptation. In addition, experience in software-instrument interfaces, familiarity with LabView, C++, Python and other programming languages is also desired. Applicants should also have experience using 3D CAD drawings, such as AutoCAD 3D or Solid Works.

Problem solving skills, strong leadership and organizational skills are a must. This position also requires strong written and oral communication skills.


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