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We have an outstanding opportunity for a part-time, 50% FTE Robotics Specialist to help establish the Robotics Lab and provide technical support for robotics-related projects for the MS in Technology Innovation program robotics track. This position reports to the Prototyping Labs Director. With limited supervision, the individual in this position must monitor and respond to hardware and software events and operate, maintain, and monitor system processes and hardware peripherals for the robotics lab.
The position requires technical aptitude and knowledge of Robot Operating System (ROS). The individual in this position must be able to develop a thorough knowledge of a significant and evolving range of equipment function, maintenance, safety procedures and best practices, and an understanding of program curriculum and learning objectives activities to coordinate appropriate demonstration and training activities.
The Robotics Specialist supports the operation of GIX's flagship facility and the delivery of its flagship graduate program, the MS in Technology Innovation. This position interacts with external experts and vendors, GIX staff, and faculty from Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and Foster Business School to deliver an integral component of the MSTI program learning experience.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Training & Student Support
•Training – in class: Participate in scheduled robotics track course sessions and be available during open office hours for technical support for Robotics launch project teams. Applying technical knowledge of hardware and software systems, and understanding of the curriculum and course goals to provide technical advice to instructor, coordinate with Labs Director to provide appropriate equipment and resources for program success. Provide operational and safety training to Teaching Assistants, Reader/Graders, and/or Technical Assistants assigned to the course. •Training – in lab: Maintain regular scheduled office hours, outside of scheduled course meetings, to provide individual and small groups project consulting and on-demand teaching/training in technical areas relevant to Robotics projects. Utilize Robotics and program expertise to provide plain-language explanations of Robotics concepts to students in a way that reinforces program goals, helps them apply technology appropriately, and encourages independent problems solving. •Program track support: Participate as requested in critiques, launch project events, team meetings to give feedback on student projects and prototypes, and help improve technical services and infrastructure provided by the Robotics Lab. Participate as requested in project sponsor meetings, speaker series, or other launch- or Consortium-related activities related to the robotics track. Lead development and deliver orientation training for robotics program and creation of kits (if necessary) for robotics program students. •Supervision: Supervise 1-2 student employees hired to support Robotics Lab.
Manage Robotics Lab
•Lab management: Develop and maintain a physical robotics lab and related processes for staffing, sign-up and training for remote and in-person usage, maintenance, safety, inventory, etc. Maintain, track, inventory, and coordinate the ordering of consumable computer and office supplies necessary to sustain the Robotics Lab. Document all related processes. •Equipment maintenance: Independently make decisions related to maintenance of equipment. Work with IT Manager to provide access, security protocols, and training for students working remotely. Report, record, and escalate problem events to the appropriate leader, faculty member, or vendor. Monitor and react to alarms generated by system consoles, hardware, and system management tools. Create and perform diagnostic routines; maintain and configure application monitoring tools and related diagnostic and reporting procedures. Operate, maintain, and monitor hardware peripheral devices and the supporting software tools to ensure the readiness of robotics lab technology. •Purchasing: Apply knowledge of technical specs, vendors, use within curriculum, and other program needs to prioritize purchases and make decisions about the acquisition of new equipment; manage spending and tracking of expenditures on the robotics startup budget and relevant Prototyping Lab sub-budgets as approved and assigned by the Robotics track team lead, ensure that new purchases are tested and set up properly. •Project manager: Serve as a project manager and technical resource for the faculty and staff who deliver the Robotics program and other courses that make use of the Robotics Lab. Apply knowledge of program’s curricular goals and robotics equipment to test lab exercises and coordinate or purchase services, supplies, or equipment needed to maintain the lab or support robotics courses. Independently make decisions to solve problems and develop technical infrastructure, resources, and guidance.
•Bachelor's Degree in engineering, technology, or related field and 2 years of experience working as technical specialist or providing technical support and training in a field related to robotics, electrical, mechanical engineering, or hardware and/or software development or equivalent combination of education and experience. •Enjoy tutoring students and helping students to excel •Work may require lifting, bending and transporting of items of up to 30 pounds. •Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, Robot Operating System (ROS).
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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