Founded in 1986, the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB) is Rice University's research accelerator dedicated to promoting bio-related interdisciplinary research and educational programs, fostering collaborations with the Texas Medical Center, and developing breakthrough biotechnology for the benefit of human health.
The IBB is seeking an exceptionally qualified and motivated design specialist to work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students, and industry experts to develop the world's first 3D printed "Smart Helmet" for the Department of Defense. Under the guidance of the principle investigator (PI), the design specialist will assist with the development and testing of a sensor integrated helmet prototype using 3D printing and computer aided engineering tools including solid modeling and simulation, and robust design of printable structures that increase the performance capabilities of the helmet system.
This is a three year term limited position supported by the Office of Naval Research with the singular goal of creating a minimum viable prototype helmet with integrated sensors that protect the health and safety of the individual.
Conducts independent specialized research and experiments
Collects, tracks and analyzes data using spreadsheets and databases
Communicates the results of research through verbal presentations, written reports, and written articles submitted for publication
May monitor research budget
May assist in the administration of research project
Performs all other duties as assigned
Additional Functions / Information
Uses 3D printing (and computer aided engineering tools including solid modeling and simulation)
Selects, evaluates, and incorporates new polymers and printable structures that increase the performance capabilities of the helmet system
Designs and incorporations optical, electrical, and mechanical sensors into helmet structures - Design, develop, and test a 3D printed helmet prototype
Suggests new materials and processes to improve helmet system
Troubleshoots performance and quality issues by identifying methods for evaluating problems and work towards solutions through cross functional teams
Stays informed of new helmet technology through contact with vendor personnel and reading technical publications
Has a proactive approach that effectively balances multiple projects, responsibilities, and tasks
Bachelor's Degree in mechanical and/or electrical engineering or closely related fields
Three years of related experience in in prototypes, design thinking, sensor systems, and/or materials
In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
Good listening, verbal and written communication, analytical, and research skills
Excellent scientific and numerical skills with meticulous attention to details and accuracy
Ability to work in a team environment, to participate actively, to collaborate and to motivate others in the lab
Good critical thinking, technical, data collection and interviewing skills
Good statistical and graphical analysis skills
Ability to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards
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