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Physics is the largest department in the L&S Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Personnel consists of 80 active faculty and emeriti, 40 career and 30 casual staff, and 400 teaching assistants, readers, research personnel, postdocs, fellowship recipients, and visiting scholars. It has 250 graduate students, 250 undergraduate majors, and 7,000 students enroll in its courses each year. Its faculty fully participates in teaching and administration and conducts world-class theoretical and experimental research. Physics manages three distinct buildings, and its complex also houses and provides services to several research centers, the Physics Library, and multiple research labs. Total budget for the department, including state funds, endowments, private gifts and contracts, student support funds, and federal contracts and grants, is approximately $32 million with $20 million in annual expenditures.
This position manages the Physics Machine Shop, a formally approved recharge unit that generates $500K in income and which supports research and instruction through consultation, design, and construction of advanced prototype scientific apparatus. It oversees and manages activities relating to the skilled crafts and trades, specifically machinist activities such as fabrication and design of working instruments, detectors, and other experimental devices. It also manages the Physics Student Shop, a non-recharge unit that provides basic machining training to students.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 14, 2021
Plans, organizes, and directs the operations of the Machine Shop. Participates in developing and monitoring operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources, marketing and communications, and space planning. Manages the activities of the Shop with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, and employees. Establishes, implements, and monitors operational procedures and work quality and productivity standards. Ensures that the Machine Shop recharge operations do not produce deficits. Participates in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for the Shop. Recommends changes to departmental policies which affect the shop, its operations, its space, its resources, and its personnel. Ensures all operations, including safety, meet internal and external regulatory requirements on a continual basis. Plans maintenance and upgrades to the Shop to ensure staff have appropriate resources. Monitors the performance of all shop equipment including complex computer-driven machines. Determines and implements preventive maintenance programs. Plans for minor capital improvements.
Hires, supervises, and develops professional, highly-skilled, high-tech machinists. Recommends or initiates personnel actions such as salary actions, promotions, transfers, disciplinary measures, or terminations. Determines performance ratings. Identifies training needs and ensures necessary training is conducted. Manages technical achievements within time and financial constraints. Sets work priorities. Plans and schedules projects, and ensures that work meets quality standards and complies with codes and regulations. Makes daily work schedules and assignments. Administers policies and programs according to Campus guidelines for assigned staff supervisees. Assigns work to machinists for component fabrication, matching skills to job requirements and monitors workflow. Reviews work performed at various stages and upon completion, discussing jobs in progress with machinists, researchers, or instructional support staff to determine special requirements in the areas of materials, tolerances, interfaces, finishes, and other concerns. Maintains various work records including written and oral reports; prepares estimates of man-hours, costs and materials required. Conducts other responsibilities as assigned by management.
Provides engineering services to faculty and researchers, with responsibility for engineering and machining specialties. Assists or consults in the design of novel and unusual items required for current research. Consults with researchers or others concerning equipment design and materials to be used to develop specific scientific apparatus. Provides engineering advice for design and fabrication for the Physics Department as well as others in the campus community and may represent the Department in associated matters. Advises staff on the more difficult or challenging fabrication and assembly of equipment and apparatus. Keeps informed on new developments in machines, materials, and technology and assures training in new techniques as they are adopted. Determines in which cases use of outside vendor services can be effective and cost-saving, and provides such recommendations to researchers. Develops vendor contacts for this purpose. Long-term objective: regularize uniform use of a single CAD program throughout the department.
Employee development - Maintains own technical skills in order to instruct professional staff and/or to fill in during vacancies or overloaded job queue. Develops management skills.
Strong management knowledge and skills to ensure effective management of a technical shop which operates through recharge, including demonstrated experience with financial and human resources particularly in the context of a shop with highly skilled, represented employees. These management skills include organizational skills to manage the Shop and incumbent's own responsibilities, ability to prioritize work assignments, effective interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills, and long- and short-term planning skills.
Solid supervisory skills to include organization, scheduling, assigning work, and ensuring quality standards are met. Solid skills to effectively select and evaluate staff, and to appropriately handle disciplinary issues. Working knowledge of, or ability to learn, campus HR policies as applicable to supervisees.
Quality control and customer service: Ability to establish, to communicate, to implement, and to continuously monitor quality and customer service standards. Ability to motivate subordinate staff to provide the highest level of service to departmental and campus constituents. Ability to ensure that subordinate staff provide quick, accurate and appropriate response to both routine issues as well as emergency response to more urgent situations.
Project management skills including the ability to provide accurate estimates for cost and time. Ability to ensure consistent delivery of projects to meet budget, time, and technical requirements. Ability to direct jobs to outside facilities specializing in technologies like laser welding, 3d printing, and water jet as appropriate to save time and money.
Comprehensive knowledge and skills in machine shop crafts including shop practices, machining principles, and use of standard and specialized machine tools, such as lathe, vertical mill, horizontal mill, drill press, grinders and saw, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and Electrical Discharge (EDM) machining, and optical measuring devices. Solid knowledge of CAD/Solidworks software.
Strong technical skills. Expertise in mechanical engineering. Expertise in complex mechanical, optical, and electromechanical systems. Superior technical knowledge required to manage systems and equipment in the areas of electrical power, mechanical apparatus, ultra-high (10 -10 ATM cc/Sec He) vacuum, magnetic, computer interfaces, and computer analysis and programming. Ability to suggest, develop, and conceptualize significant contributions to projects in order to increase the characteristics and properties of materials involving factors such as corrosion, expansion and contraction, yield strengths, compatibility, and thermal transfer. Familiarity with emerging machining technologies such as 3d printing.
Ability to work from rough drawings, sketches, and/or oral instructions. Ability to communicate with vendors using technical language.
Knowledge of and experience in industry safety practices and procedures. Skills and ability to actively promote and maintain safety standards and to establish effective in-house practices.
Bachelor's degree in related area or comparable related experience
Training (including on-the-job) in manual and/or CNC machining with minimum 10 years combined experience.
Training (including on-the-job) in designing mechanical parts and assembly with minimum 5 years experience.
Training (including on-the-job) in CADS programming, preferably Solid Works and/or SurfCam.
Familiarity with electrical engineering, as applicable, in context of R&D/prototype machining for academic research.
Salary & Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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