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R&D Electrical Engineer II

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Facilities Management

Posting Number: req5462

Department: Steward Observatory

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Steward Observatory (SO) at The University of Arizona(UA) is one of the premier centers of astronomical studies in the world and has an opportunity for creative and innovative engineers in our cutting-edge technical environment. SO seeks candidates to fill up to three positions of R&D Electrical Engineer II. This is a full time, benefits eligible position.

The selected candidate will support research in ground and space-based telescopes and will work closely with mechanical, software, and optical engineers to accomplish the goals of the Principal Investigator and his program. This work includes design, development, fabrication and implementation of electronics and control systems for telescope primary mirror support systems, large mirror processing equipment, and telescopes and telescope enclosures. Additionally, this work includes support for space related and general astronomy instrument projects.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide support on electrical systems, components and hardware design
  • Participates in fabrication and implementation of electrical hardware and verify functionality through test and analysis
  • Coordinates and provides direction for technicians on technical tasks
  • Requisitions materials, supplies and equipment
  • Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Able to work with minimal guidance on new projects and concepts
  • Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, including the preparation of technical reports
  • Ability to be self-motivated and perform with minimum supervision, capable of working from off campus locations, including overnight travel to remote sites
  • Ability to work varying shifts including occasional night and swing shifts to support activities
  • Ability to carry 50 lbs, climb structures, and work at heights at high altitude and in cold conditions

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor' degree in Electrical Engineering AND background in analog and digital electronics design, development and fabrication
  • Minimum of 3 years of electronics design experience
  • Experience with electrical and control system design, development, and installation in support of research projects
  • Experience with at least one of the following computer programming languages: C, C++, Python, Matlab
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with ORCAD Capture, Allegro and PSpice or an equivalent suite of schematic capture, layout and simulation software
  • Experience with Matlab and Simulink
  • Linux computer control system experience
  • Experience with servo control systems
  • Experience in designing space qualified electronic assemblies and the selection of space qualified components
  • Experience in system integration and test of electronic systems
  • Experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint or equivalent software

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research Engineering

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 3

Contact Information for Candidates

Susan Warner


Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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