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Remote Instrumentation Engineering Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Job ID: 17071

Updated: December 5, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Remote Instrumentation Engineering Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 16 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Auroral Imaging Group (AIG) is one of the leading research groups in Canada studying the near-Earth space environment, and is a key player in international projects such as the NASA THEMIS mission and the Space Agency (CSA) Geospace Observatory. AIG operates numerous arrays of custom designed autonomous ground based instrumentation across Canada's north to remote sense geospace phenomena related to the Aurora.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


  • Under general supervision & direction of the PI, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research
  • Reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment
  • Carry out technical procedures with a high impact of error

Record Keeping:

  • Responsible for making recommendations to policy and/or procedural changes within the scope of the research
  • Responsible for keeping accurate and detailed records with attention to detail Relationships and Collaboration
  • Established and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community
  • Manages own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work.
  • Demonstrates strong communication, team and customer service skills. and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines

Safety and Training:

  • Trains other staff and students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols
  • Understanding of safety codes, standards and systems related to specialization
  • Keep laboratory and work area clean and safe
  • The incumbent is expected to contribute to and/or lead the following tasks within our team ; Instrument daily monitoring and remote troubleshooting/intervention
  • Development of action plans for instrument failures.
    • This may include; preparation and testing of replacement parts for field systems, design of specific "'one off" solutions for instrument failures, shipping of equipment to the field and providing remote guidance to local (non-skilled personnel) during instrument modifications; may also include ordering and receiving space components

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Ability to read technical schematics, wiring diagrams, flow diagrams, BOM, parts lists (inventory)
  • Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems
  • Recommend change to processes or procedures
  • Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues
  • Provide semi-skilled to skilled technical procedures to support the research project Operate and maintain complex technical equipment
  • Demonstrated strong communication , team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines
  • Positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success
  • Energetic, passionate able to work in a fast paced and exciting environment

Application Deadline:  December 25, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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