Electrical Engineer for Active Learning

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
Job Type: FullTime
Electrical Engineer for Active Learning
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
USA - MA - Cambridge
SEAS Active Learning Labs
00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
This position supports hands-on learning activities focused on electrical engineering at SEAS Active Learning Labs. The engineer works closely alongside SEAS faculty and teaching staff to develop and implement current and new course lab components. Additionally, they assist in training students and teaching fellows in design, laboratory, and manufacturing practices and support students to fabricate their design projects.
The Electrical Engineer for Active Learning will:
  • Support the lab components of SEAS engineering courses, primarily electrical engineering courses.
  • Assist SEAS faculty and teaching staff in the design, development, and implementation of new electrical engineering lab activities in courses throughout the SEAS curriculum.
  • Engage with electrical engineering faculty and students to support design projects in courses such as ES50, ES52 as well as assist individual students working on senior design projects (ES100) and groups working on junior design projects (ES96).
  • Maintain and improve the Active Learning Labs electrical engineering facilities. This includes spaces with standard EE laboratory tools (oscilloscopes, power supplies, soldering stations), computer lab(s), and flexible design/project spaces.
  • Set up, test, and prepare equipment prior to upcoming lab experiments and activities.
  • Troubleshoot and support student work during lab experiments and activities.
  • Maintain and store all equipment following lab experiments and activities.
  • Inspect all lab facilities daily to ensure a safe and clean learning environment.
  • Assist in the development and updating of Standard Operating Procedures for all lab equipment.
  • Lead lab safety trainings and orientations for undergraduate students as well as course teaching fellows and assistants for use of Active Learning Labs spaces.
Additional duties and responsibilities may include the following:
  • Troubleshoot and provide technical support for the software and hardware in the computer labs.
  • Collaborate with the Director of the SEAS Safety Program and the Environmental Health and Safety department to create and maintain a safe laboratory environment.
  • Prepare and maintain lab facilities for audits, inspections, and tours.
  • B.S. in Engineering is required
  • Two years of work experience in electrical engineering or a related field is preferred
  • Experience working in an active learning environment is a plus (hands-on skills teaching, tutoring, and/or mentoring)
  • A higher degree such as MS is desirable
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of students, teaching fellows, teaching staff, and faculty is essential; performing effectively as part of a team and in a highly self-directed environment is essential
  • Experience with the following skills/platforms is key to success in this position: microcontroller programming and experience with the Arduino environment; circuit design including sensors, op-amps, transistors, and PCB layout; computer vision; controls theory; signal processing, both analog and digital; instrumentation including oscilloscopes, multimeters, and soldering
  • Experience working in a laboratory environment is a plus
  • Competence in several of the following is preferred: C or C++; hardware description languages such as Verilog; SPICE; MATLAB; PCB CAD packages; circuit simulation such as Cadence, Mentor, Synopsys; scripting languages such as Python, Perl, Tcl; FEM/FEA
  • Enthusiasm for supporting open-ended interdisciplinary engineering design projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. In particular, competence in generating straightforward technical documentation such as lab procedures, protocols, and reports
  • Experience in microfabrication, photolithography, metallization, etching, device characterization, clean room experience is desirable
  • Basic working knowledge of computer-aided design, manufacturing and data acquisition hardware, and software such as SolidWorks, COMSOL, and LabVIEW
  • Strong organizational skills, creativity in problem solving, and high self-motivation are key to performing effectively in this position
  • Ability and willingness to tackle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Flexibility with constant refinement of each semester's duties and enthusiasm for supporting multidisciplinary coursework and design projects
Please note this is a 1-year term position with the possibility of renewal.
SEAS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Note: Please submit resume and cover letter as one document
The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences serves as the connector and integrator of Harvard’s teaching and research efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology. Our core tenets are: educating broad-minded students; interdisciplinary research; integration across disciplines; and balancing theory, experimentation and practice to create an unmatched environment for learning and exploration. Through collaboration with researchers from all parts of Harvard, other universities, and industry, we bring discovery and innovation directly to bear on improving human life and society. For more information about us, please visit www.seas.harvard.edu .
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
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