Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Internal Number: 108130-en_US
We are seeking a Sr, Instrument Designer who will be responsible for developing custom machined and fabricated components for members of the Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, operating out of a well-equipped machine shop at the Mind/Brain Institute located on the Homewood Campus. The Senior Instrument Designer will design, build, modify and repair components for department faculty, staff and students, assisting individuals with their specific research needs. The Senior Instrument Designer will coordinate the activities of the Krieger Mind/Brain Shop, including supply ordering, and will ensure the shop functions as an efficient provider of research equipment. The individual will be expected to perform assignments independently to achieve expected results, in close consultation with faculty or research staff members. Work will be supervised by the Scientific Director.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
- Design, construct, fabricate, modify, improve, and ensure workability of instruments and mechanisms; consult with faculty, research scientists, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students, exchanging ideas and advising them on what needs to be accomplished to meet their design, modification and repair needs in the most efficient, effective, and safe way; problem solve and provide solutions.
- Repair and test equipment for faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows and students, in support of their projects, designs, and ideas of experimental machinery.
- Recommend and advise on project materials by explaining the differences in how the material will react and perform, the costs associated with each material, and the suitability of each material with regards to the success of the project.
- Coordinate with personnel at the university's 3D printing/rapid prototyping facilities to produce 3D-printing instruments, when such option presents an appropriate alternative to machining.
- Provide reasonably accurate estimates of time and materials required to meet the clients' design needs; keep accurate records of time and materials spent on each job or project; prepare Service Requests, including time and materials, for the Scientific Director.
- Schedule and prioritize workload with input from the Scientific Director to ensure customers' needs are met.
- Purchase materials and supplies from JHU preferred vendors, as appropriate, by submitting purchase request to the front office budget team.
Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of personal computers, including word processing and spreadsheets.
- High level of sound, independent judgment and analytical ability to resolve technical and administrative problems; inherent ability to problem solve and suggest solutions.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to assist and communicate effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, on-campus shops and labs, and external vendors.
- Candidate must possess initiative, problem-solving, and innovation skills, as well as professionalism, adaptability and organizational skills to keep pace in a constantly evolving pool of research ideas and projects.
- Ability to lift heavy equipment. Working knowledge of computer aided design (CAD) software highly desirable.
- Working knowledge of Bridgeport and Haas style CNC mills as well as manual and CNC tool room lathe.
- Ability to use precision tools(e.g.micrometers, calipers, indicators) to take accurate measurements.
- Ability to do trigonometry and geometrical math computations.
- High School diploma/GED required.
- 5 years related experience with advance knowledge in instrumentation engineering and design.
- Bachelors Degree in an engineering or scientific discipline and/or 5 year Toolmakers Apprenticeship (State Level) and five years of experience; with advance knowledge in instrumentation engineering.
- Fabrication of small sheet metal parts.
- Tig welding experience.
Classified Title: Sr. Instrument Designer
Starting Salary Range: $29.10-$40.00-$51.00
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Homewood Campus
Department name: Mind Brain Institute
Personnel area: School of Arts & Sciences
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University's good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here: https://hr.jhu.edu/benefits-worklife/
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
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