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The Electronics Engineer manages the Electronics Lab (E-Lab), ensures the provision of high quality electronics services within the department and is responsible for the planning and development of highly advanced equipment. The Electronics Engineer will be working closely with research groups on the latest advances in the various fields of physics, providing support for the success of their experiments.
The Electronics Engineer must be highly skilled electronics designer, have a wide knowledge of various specialist fields within electronics (details given later) and will be responsible for a variety of assignments within the field of electronics.
The E-Lab is a crucial internal resource whose main duties consist of electronics design (analogue and digital), system and / or equipment design, assembly and test of small batches of custom solutions, systems integration, troubleshooting / repair of equipment, software (firmware) development and internal consultation services on electronics matters.
The Electronics Engineer:
1. Leads and manages development within the E-Lab, including supervisory responsibility for 2 full time Engineering Technicians, assign and schedule work, budget oversight as well as the cost recovery of project hours and project related expenditure.
2. Organizes training of E-lab staff (including oneself) in relevant topics in the field of electronics in order to remain abreast of state-of-the art technology.
3. Develops the E-Lab procedures to meet departmental requirements for electronic services.
4. Makes certain the E-Lab possesses appropriate infrastructure, equipment, tools and computers to meet customers' needs.
5. Serves on various committees in the Department e.g. Technical Services Committee.
The Electronics Engineer:
1. Works closely with customers to design and develop systems, methods or equipment to meet objectives and requirements in electronic engineering projects such as low noise analogue circuits, data acquisition (DAQ), optoelectronics, power electronics, digital signal processing (DSP), filtering, electro-magnetic interference (EMI) reduction and suppression, radio frequency circuits, microwave circuitry, etc.
2. Elaborates conceptual solutions during the design phase of projects, determines and directs project needs and resources, provides reference material on specialized topics, prepares manuals and technical instructions, organizes and checks the completeness and correctness of documentation supplied to customers.
3. Coordinates the production, assembly and test of small batches of custom designed objects such as printed circuit boards (PCBs).
4. Coordinates testing, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of new, existing or modified systems and equipment. These activities cover both commercially available products as well as custom designed solutions from the E-Lab, and may be carried out either in the E-Lab workspace or in the laboratories of research groups.
5. Offers consulting services to Faculty, staff and graduate students on the design and construction of new system and on the acquisition of new equipment available on the market. Such services could include but are not limited to: advice on component selection for specific applications (e.g. low temperature experiments), consulting and advising users on planned and present projects regarding equipment, systems and facilities and engineering, as reviewer for electronics designs done elsewhere within the Department, or as a reviewer for software (firmware) code written elsewhere within the Department. The Electronics Engineer is a departmental point of reference for all questions related to electronics.
6. May be involved in teaching students about electronics, either directly or indirectly by providing relevant material and / or advice to Faculty. This could also include developing suitable projects for undergraduate and graduate courses.
7. Is responsible for implementing and maintaining high technical standards within the E-Lab.
8. Determines which components the E-Lab stocks in order to provide a high level of research and teaching support, in line with current technology trends.
9. Maintains and routinely upgrades a comprehensive technical library of catalogues, data sheets and application notes. Purchases an appropriate amount of textbooks for E-Lab use.
10. Assesses the compliance of electronics equipment produced in house to applicable electrical safety standards and initiates corrective action where needed.
As a specialist in the field of electronics, the Electronics Engineer is able to deal with complex technical matters without routinely having to rely on outside assistance and handles all incoming technical requests to the E-Lab autonomously.
Work direction is received from the Technical Services Committee and the Technical Services Director.
Administrative assistance is provided by the Technical Services Director, with the assistance of the Director, Finance and Operation and the Human Resources Manager if required.
Supervises and coordinates the work carried out by 2 Engineering Technicians in the E-Lab. May also be required to supervise temporarily assigned technicians and / or placement students.
This supervision includes, but is not limited to, day-to-day direction of project work, oversight of purchasing activities, resource allocation, training and annual performance reviews.
CONSEQUENCE OF ERROR
Excellent technical judgement is needed to solve complex, abstract problems addressed to the E-Lab.
The Electronics Engineer decides on all technical matters related to project work, in collaboration with the researcher or research group concerned. Decision making freedom may be delegated to Engineering Technicians at the discretion of the Electronics Engineer, but oversight over such decision must be maintained.
Poor choices of conceptual strategy and/or technologies could negatively affect departmental efficiency, slow the progress of research projects, waste money, compromise research funding initiatives, and disrupt teaching lab schedules. A failure to keep pace with technological developments would see the E-Lab become unable to efficiently meet researchers' needs over time.
University degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Canadian Professional Engineer status would be advantageous.
- Must have at least ten years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in electrical/electronics design in a related field.
- Solid knowledge in such branches of the profession as: scientific electronic instrumentation, low noise electronics, optoelectronics, radio frequency, high voltage, power electronics, analogue and digital electronics, computer-equipment communication (GPIB, Serial, Ethernet), electromagnetic interference, commonly used integrated components (IC) and associated assembly methods, FPGA, PCB fabrication techniques, appropriate grounding schemes, separation of power and signal lines, use of laboratory equipment.
- Knowledge related to the following field would be advantageous: microwave, x-ray, laser, spectroscopy, cryogenic, and superconductive magnet technologies.
- Supervisory/managerial experience preferred.
- Must be fluent in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment.
- Extensive technical knowledge and engineering skills.
- Ability to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines.
- Experience with electronics design tools (Altium preferred).
- Experience with prototype development and testing.
- Experience with troubleshooting.
- Experience with firmware and software programming (Matlab, Labview, C++, Python)
- Experience with the design of embedded control systems and integrated circuits.
- Excellent time management, leadership, and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated capability for critical thinking.
- Strong problem-solving skills. Minimum of 10 years experience and Advanced training in field of specialization or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.