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The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this job is: 04-14-2021
Dept Marketing Statement Under administrative supervision of the Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) Biology Teaching Laboratories Manager, the PBSci Instrument Technician will work with a high degree of independence and as part of a team to provide laboratory equipment repair, maintenance, fabrication, modification, installation, and calibration of instruments supporting the teaching and research operations of UC Santa Cruz's biology departments.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Information: $28.60/hour. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for Full benefits
Schedule Information: Full-time, Fixed Percentage of Time: 100% Average Hours Per Week: 40 Days of the Week: Mon-Fri Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
In partnership with and following guidance from the more senior PBSci Biology Instrument Technician, diagnose and troubleshoot problems with laboratory instruments by selecting and applying appropriate analytical procedures and test equipment, by locating and studying technical literature, and by consulting with manufacturers' technical representatives. Complete repairs in-house, or arrange and coordinate external technical service. Examples of the wide variety of laboratory instruments to be serviced include: autoclaves, centrifuges, incubators, microscopes, glassware washers, pH meters, spectrophotometers, vacuum pumps, liquid scintillation counters, Geiger counters, shakers, rockers, roller drums, vortexers, water baths, water purification systems, ovens, freeze dryers, electrophoresis equipment, power supplies, high pressure liquid chromatography systems, thermal cyclers, pipetting devices, balances, photographic gear.
Discuss technical requirements with investigators and strategies to satisfy needs at lowest cost.
Develop strategies to extend the life of older equipment no longer supported by the manufacturer, including finding sources for documentation and parts. Make modifications when standard replacement parts are not available (includes fabrication of assemblies). Reverse engineer subsystems when no other documentation can be found.
Track emerging technologies and implement where appropriate, including changes in component packaging, new sensors and control strategies, trends in distributed intelligence and board-level organization, and new interconnect strategies.
Coordinate efforts with Physical Plant to resolve problems involving the interface between instruments and building infrastructure. Specify siting needs when instruments are moved or installed, including consideration of cooling, ventilation, compressed air, gas, vacuum, and electrical requirements and physical orientation.
Implement and manage a rigorous program of scheduled inspection and maintenance for laboratory instruments, including autoclaves, ultra centrifuges, vacuum concentrators, water purification systems, and glassware washers, that will mitigate costs of repair and extramural service contracts. Modify maintenance programs as needed to respond to changing use patterns, changing technologies, and equipment age. Select appropriate diagnostic and maintenance procedures, and establish appropriate schedules.
Maintain a judiciously selected inventory of spare parts for instruments. Make independent decisions regarding the procurement of materials and sub-components.
Develop test jigs by designing, fabricating, and documenting fixtures used as aids in troubleshooting. Develop fixtures and procedures for benchtop troubleshooting for subsystems removed from large instruments.
20% - Core Function: Administration and Training
Inventory: In partnership with and following guidance from the more senior PBSci Biology Instrument Technician, manage the common equipment inventory for five buildings: Biomed, PSB, Sinsheimer, Thimann and CBB. Complete a bi-annual report of equipment conditions and locations. Track ongoing changes in equipment locations, complete Equipment Inventory Modification Forms and make decisions on whether surplus equipment is saleable, salvageable, or requires disposal. Consult with Environmental Health and Safety on disposition of hazardous equipment or materials. Maintain common equipment information available on the Division Intranet. Prepare detailed written logs clearly describing work performed, including details of parts and instrument specifications. Update logs regularly.
Budget and Purchasing: Manage the equipment repair budget, tracking charges for each lab or department. Manage the entire purchasing process including identifying appropriate vendors, placing orders, charging appropriate accounts, following up delivery and checking invoices. Maintain knowledge sufficient to access relevant campus systems, and receive training as needed.
Safety: Actively maintain required shop safety documentation. Attend periodic safety training to stay current on hazard mitigations. Recognize, report and suggest mitigation for unsafe equipment issues.
Training, and Consultation: Train and advise research personnel on proper use of equipment such as autoclaves, dishwashers and centrifuges. Provide ad-hoc supplemental equipment training sessions to student researchers. Train and supervise student assistants to perform less technically demanding procedures in the instrument maintenance program.
Other Duties as Assigned.
Theoretical and practical knowledge of, and the ability to diagnose and repair problems with, laboratory instruments that incorporate the following technical systems: AC and DC electrical circuits, electric motors, analog and digital solid-state electronic circuits, computer logic circuitry, audio and video electronics, optics, materials science, fluid hydraulic systems, vacuum systems, steam, and physical mechanical systems.
Demonstrated ability to reverse engineer and troubleshoot systems when little or no documentation is available.
Ability to learn new technical and procedural information from a wide variety of sources, often done independently and without formal training.
Ability to read and understand technical literature including electronic circuit diagrams and mechanical drawings.
Demonstrated ability to document hardware designs or modifications and procedures.
Ability to draft schematic drawings of electronic circuits. Electronic fabrication skills, including breadboarding circuits, cable fabrication, and PC board rework.
Ability to use a variety of electronic test equipment, hand tools, and machine shop power tools.
Ability to make judgments regarding alternative means of procuring materials based on cost and serviceability.
Basic computer and administrative skills sufficient to email, word-process, work with spreadsheets, maintain project documentation and work logs, and update a basic website. Basic familiarity with Windows-based computer programs.
Knowledge of computer interfacing, including hardware and software aspects of serial and parallel I/O.
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects concurrently, and to prioritize and complete tasks with minimum guidance from managers. Strong attention to detail. Excellent organizational, time management, record keeping, and problem-solving skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and clearly exchange technical information with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population of widely varying cultures, backgrounds and technical skills.
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