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Electronic Engineer

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Boulder, CO

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Electronic Engineer works in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and is primarily responsible for electronic and electromechanical equipment support. Duties include the designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining of various electronic and electromechanical equipment. This position also advises chemical engineers on the most efficient and economical means to integrate necessary electronics into their research projects.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Design and Fabrication of Electronic Equipment 
  • Work with department faculty, staff, and students to develop designs from concepts.
  • Keep abreast of new products and concepts in electronics so that each plan is state of the art. Examples: new microchips, sensors, controllers, electromechanical devices, and data-acquisition hardware and software.
  • Apply electronic and mechanical engineering principles to design and integrate electronic control and drive mechanisms to high-precision mechanical devices. Duties include working in close cooperation with mechanical shop staff on projects involving integration of mechanical design and electronic engineering. Examples include bio-cell research loading devices, particle-collision instruments, and solar-powered irrigation control mechanisms, and teaching apparatus used in the Undergraduate Laboratory.
Equipment Repair
  • Troubleshoot and repair electronic equipment, sophisticated scientific instruments, and electromechanical equipment used in the teaching and research laboratories.
  • This person is to be fluent in the use of electronic test instruments such as oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, function generators and possess the ability to improvise custom test circuits as necessary.
Electronic Instrumentation
  • Provide technical information, advice and recommendations to faculty, postdoc researchers, and graduate students regarding the best practice in the use of electronic sensors and data acquisition equipment.
  • Design, specify, and build electronic measurement and data acquisition systems to support research and the Undergraduate Laboratory. A typical application involves selection and interfacing of electronic sensors to personal-computer-based data acquisition systems via analog-to-digital (A-D) and digital-to-analog (D-A) converter cards. (Emphasis on National instruments/LabView software).
Provide Guidance to Students
  • Coach junior and senior level students in the circuits lab segment offered every spring as a portion of the CHEN 4570 Process Controls class.
  • Guide and coach those students who have elected to do a process controls project for CHEN 4570.
  • Coach graduate students in basic electronics and instrumentation as specifically related to their research projects. Involvement can range from the offering of consultation to sitting side-by-side at the electronics bench for weeks as a project is carried forward from design to an actual custom fabricated and packaged electronic circuit. Practical training in layout, wiring, soldering and troubleshooting is provided.
Software Support
  • Serve as a resource on the use of software and upon request, provide technical support to the department’s research laboratories users in the use of research software, in particular, Lab View.

What You Should Know

This is a part time opportunity at 60% time. 

What We Can Offer

The anticipated starting salary is $36,000.00, commensurate with experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline from an accredited institution.
    • Equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute. 

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency in design and repair of Digital and Analog circuitry.
  • Must be approachable and highly customer service oriented. Speak in a manner that will be understood, is courteous, and effective.
  • Detail-oriented, but also able to strategically conceive and coordinate long-term projects planned over a long period of time.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Proficiency in complex laboratory systems.
  • Must be able to prioritize tasks needed to be able to work comfortable with a wide range of electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Familiarity with project management, time and cost effective procedures/processes to be developed.
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political, and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Three years of professional experience relevant to the work. 
  • Experience with teaching, training or coaching in a lab environment. Ability to guide students in a very broad range of hands-on activities and projects.
  • Fluent in Labview software. 
  • Previous experience working with laboratory equipment and lab safety procedures. 
  • Previous experience in designing electro-mechanical motion devices/actuators.
  • Experience in higher education interacting with engineering faculty and students.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by August 22, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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