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Research Engineering Technician II - Program Coordinator

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

Posting Number: req12095

Department: Aerospace & Mechanical Engr

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) is seeking a Program Coordinator to serve in two capacities. The first is as a Research Engineer focusing on supporting the ASTEROIDS program and secondly to serve as the building manager for the Drake building which houses the ongoing space missions such as OSIRIS-REx and OREX in addition to the NASA supported ASTEROIDS program.

The NASA-funded ASTEROIDS Laboratory (Asteroid Science, Technology and Exploration Research Organized by Inclusive eDucation Systems) is a multi-disciplinary establishment housed at University of Arizona seeking to integrate research with education to help build a diverse, scientifically literate citizenry and a well-prepared science, engineering, and technology workforce. Research and education focuses on utilizing planetary science principles for conceiving, implementing and validating space technologies, from systems design and control solutions, to robots and sensor networks, to mobility and excavation on small bodies.

The Drake building has served as the nerve center of space mission development, operations, and research for the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona.

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

Research Engineer Duties:

  • Work with faculty and graduate students to design and develop research experiment testbeds for evaluating small spacecraft and robot system capabilities under simulated off-world environments.
  • Interface with the needed contractors in constructing and indoor planetary sandbox system for rover excavation and site preparation.
  • Work with faculty, graduate students, and undergrads in developing templates for rapid design of small spacecraft, robots instruments.
  • Work with faculty and postdocs on writing grant proposals covering space missions science, technology, instrumentation, space technology development activity and space education programs.
  • Contribute towards research publications form data that is generated from ASTEROIDS Program research activities. Attend conferences and present work as needed.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of mechanical and electronic workbenches to ensure they are in operation and maintain safety standards.

Building Manager Duties:

  • Coordinate and manage all building related issues including but not limited to: working with UA Facilities to resolve day-to-day building related maintenance issues, building security systems and badging system, evacuation and alarm system policies and procedures, coordinate office setup and/or moves including phone lines, supplies and IT, maintain building roster verifying US person status of occupants.
  • Manage the front desk training and staffing.
  • Plan and coordinate technical aspects of renovation projects in coordination with Drake Building Committee.
  • Manage and provide technical support of the audio/visual for the Drake building: this includes training and staffing students to run the auditorium and large conference systems. This will require set-up Webex, Zoom, and other remote applications on a regular cadence during proximity operations.
  • Coordinate with project leaders to keep compliance documentation and procedures up to date.
  • Coordinate building security plan with individual project technology control plans.
  • Responsible for understanding and ensuring compliance to all related UA policies and procedures including safety, space technology policies such as ITAR/EAR, and general awareness of cyber-security guidelines and policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Aerospace systems engineering skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficiency in Solidworks or equivalent CAD/CAM.
  • Knowledge of audio/visual systems.
  • Use of structural and finite element tools including ANSYS.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience required.
  • The Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.
  • Internship experience in industry preferred though not required.

FLSA: Non-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: hourly rate



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: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Jekan Thanga, Associate Professor

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

Finalist will be required to provide references upon request.

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, 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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