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The University of Washington (UW) Astronomy Department has an outstanding opportunity for a opto/mechanical engineer who will have responsibilities both with the Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) 3.5m telescope and other ground- and space-based instrument projects. The 3.5m telescope at APO is owned and operated by a consortium of eight universities, whose members utilize the telescope for astronomical research covering a wide range of topics as well as student training. For more information, please visit the observatory websites:
Design work is underway for a new spectrograph for the 3.5m and you will provide opto-mechanical design and testing support for that project. This work requires in-depth optical design, analysis, mechanical design, systems testing, and integration of the new systems. Mechanical design includes the use of Solidworks for 3d modeling and the use of NX for simulation, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), PYTHON, MATLAB and data Reduction. This includes working with and possibly designing vacuum systems. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter who excels at managing multiple projects and priorities. The duties for this position include the following:
Organize shipments and purchasing with different machine shops.
Design Opto-mechanical and vacuum systems.
Analysis of designs and how they’re working with the systems including testing support for multiple projects.
Initiate integration of designs into the new systems.
Create Mechanical designs through the use of Solidworks for 3d modeling and the use of NX for simulation, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), PYTHON, MATLAB and data Reduction.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s level degree in mechanical engineering, optical engineering, or related field, AND three or more years of applicable experience.
Equivalent experience may substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Ability to solve technical problems independently and creatively
Ability to speak and write effectively, including the writing of technical proposals and reports
Ability to communicate and cooperate with others
Familiarity with systems engineering approaches, project scheduling and budgeting
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: The prospective candidate must be willing to travel occasionally (at least once a year) to Apache Point Observatory (NM). APO is at high altitude, and the position requires the ability to do physical work on site.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
Able to climb stairs and work at observatory altitude
Production process design experience
Familiarity with opto-mechanical design & alignment
Hands-on experience with Zemax or other equivalent optical design software
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