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Technical Staff Associate

Company: University of Texas at Dallas
Location: Richardson
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number

Position Title
Technical Staff Associate

Functional Title

Space Sciences

Salary Range
$50,000-$60,000 depending on qualifications

Pay Basis

Position Status
Regular full-time


Position End Date (if temporary)

Posting Open Date

Posting Close Date

Open Until Filled

Desired Start Date

Job Summary
The William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas conducts a vigorous research program in Space Plasma Physics. Our goal is to advance our understanding of the evolution of Solar System bodies and their interaction with the Sun.

The Center seeks a qualified Technical Staff Associate to join its collaborative team. This individual will provide a wide range of technical services in a laboratory environment including the assembly of space flight hardware for a NASA mission.

Minimum Education and Experience
High school graduation or GED, supplemented by technical training in areas related to the specific research activity, college-level courses in physics, electrical engineering, & related disciplines, or completion of associate degree in electronics; 8 yrs exp in the skilled construction, operation & maintenance of sophisticated electronic equipment, including 3 yrs of exp in scientific research & field operations in the particular branch of technology or science involved; or any equivalent combination of education or exp.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with circuit board kitting and bill of materials (BOM)
  • Experience reading and using circuit board drawings such as schematics, artworks, and assembly drawings/instructions
  • Experience with hand electrical assembly including soldering, crimping, inspection, rework and cleaning
  • Experience using a wide range of hand tools for assembly, repair of equipment and mechanical parts
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively work independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize and work through a large number of tasks

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Previous NASA soldering, wiring, conformal coating and inspection certification
    • Experience with special assembly and handling processes for space-flight hardware
    • Spot welding experience
    • Gas torch soldering experience
    • Experience with mechanical piece part assembly
    • Experience with SolidWorks CAD software
    • Experience with Altium PCB Design software
    • Machining experience including end mill, band saw, drill press, break, shear, press, sander/grinder and/or bead blaster
    • Experience with equipment troubleshooting and repair (mechanical and electrical)
    • Experience working with ultra-high vacuum systems

      Essential Duties and Responsibilities

      • Work with an engineering team to produce space flight instrumentation for a NASA satellite project
      • Perform electronic circuit board assembly including thru-hole and surface mount parts
      • Perform circuit board kitting including working with an electronic database system for component stock tracking
      • Perform circuit board cleaning, inspections, and rework
      • Perform assembly of cables, harnesses, and custom electrical equipment
      • Maintain a laboratory facility including the upkeep of equipment, materials, chemicals, workstations and environmental test systems
      • Lead the upkeep and certification of electrostatic discharge protection equipment and materials
      • Perform procurement, receiving, inspection and storage of parts, materials, chemicals, equipment and tools
      • Perform comprehensive periodic laboratory checks
      • Monitor and log access to secured and controlled areas

        Physical Activities

        Working Conditions

        Additional Information

        • Periods of travel may be required to undergo training, support meetings, support item delivery, support equipment testing and other related activities (typically
        • As part of a small team, other related duties may be required that are not identified here or at the time of hire
        • Requires full-time on-site work (not remote) at facility in Richardson, Texas.

          Special Instructions Summary

          Important Message
          1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.

          2) The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the university community. UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its services, programs, activities, employment, and education, including in admission and enrollment. EOE, including disability/veterans. The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation in the employment application and interview process, contact the ADA Coordinator. For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator.

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