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Job Summary

Applicants are sought for a Research Area Specialist Associate position affiliated with the Departments of Environmental Health Sciences and Chemistry and the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) as part of an exciting, federally-funded collaborative project concerned with developing ultra-low-power micro-scale gas chromatographic (µGC) components and systems for long-term, autonomous monitoring of airborne volatile and semi-volatile organic chemical mixtures.


The successful candidate will work with a team of academic scientists & engineers on:

  • Writing code to implement instrument functions via Labview RIO control and data collection and analysis and wireless communication
  • Developing circuit designs, wiring, and PCBs for the prototype micro-preconcentration, micro-separation and/or micro-sensor array modules of the µGC
  • Designing experiments and reporting results in writing with documentation
  • Recording procedures and training users in techniques, explaining and demonstrating instrument operations
  • Lab and (possibly) field testing prototype microsystems to assess performance under various exposure scenarios
  • Documentation of all aspects of implemented system including microcontroller code
  • Record procedures and train users in techniques, explain and demonstrate instrument operations
  • Serve as liaison with other collaborating engineers on matters of circuit designs, PCB layouts, and software implementation and use

Required Qualifications*

Demonstrated proficiency in the following is required:

  • Computer programming for performing instrument control, data collection and analysis, and sensor interfacing via computer (Labview RIO) and possibly via microcontroller (C/C++)
  • Generating schematics and physical layouts for printed circuit boards (PCB) for prototype instrumentation
  • Designing and assembling basic circuitry for control and signal processing, populating PCBs with components, wiring and cabling, ordering parts, testing, and troubleshooting system operation
  • A successful candidate will be highly motivated, be able to efficiently multi-task, be able to work independently and be committed to the current academic research
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in Computer/Electrical Engineering and subsequent practical experience in designing instrumentation control software and circuitry, and Labview RIO programming

Additional Information

Some evening and weekend work may be required.

The appointment is term-limted for one year, potentially renewable depending on funding.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic employee with a commitment to contributing to a diverse, equitable and inclusive enviornment for all members of the community.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.