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Apply now Job no: 101153-AS
Work type: Staff Full or Part Time, Staff-Full Time, Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Engineering, Grant, Research, Contract Management, Laboratory Technician, Research Specialists, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Research, Scientific, Other

Position Summary:

The Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is a research and development center with an international reputation for developing instrumentation for terrestrial, aircraft, and space flight applications. SSEC's mission includes the support of faculty and academic staff led research; the development, fabrication, and implementation of research experiments including aerospace; and the development of new scientific research tools for national and international use. In addition, SSEC provides for the design and operation of ice drilling equipment for research in the physical and biological sciences. Ice Drilling Program (IDP) is a research group within SSEC. It provides engineering design and development support for unique and specialized drilling systems used specifically for scientific research studies typically in the polar regions.

The candidate will work closely with multidisciplinary teams, including scientists, engineers and technicians to assist in the development of state-of-the art scientific instruments for deployment on ground, aircraft, and space based platforms and unique ice coring and drilling systems for use in polar regions. The candidate will support the development of engineering requirements; system design; component procurement; part fabrication; and system assembly, test and operational use. This may including defining and conducting trade studies to optimize instrument designs; leading the development of major analog and digital systems and subsystems; and/or designing electrical, electro-mechanical and thermal subsystems. Responsibilities may further include, leading test program activities, including procedure development, definition and development of unique test hardware, conducting major tests, analysis of test data, and producing test reports. The candidate will support the maintenance, problem resolution, and upgrade activities for legacy scientific instruments and ice drilling systems. The candidate will maintain communications with internal and external partners.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

The ideal candidate will have experience with the design and construction of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems with a minimum of three years direct experience supporting complex projects. Candidates should be familiar with electronic components and specifications for high-reliability, ruggedized systems for operation in harsh environments. Ideal experience includes a combination of schematic capture and printed circuit board design, electronic packaging, control systems, electromechanical devices, working knowledge of C/C++ used in embedded systems, microcontroller programming and applications, failure-mode analysis, and design for manufacturability.

Desired skills include:
-High-speed digital design
-High-voltage circuit design
-Control system development
-Digital communication protocols and physical layers
-Mechanical / electro-mechanical motion hardware and controls
-Implementing controls, sensor interfaces, data acquisition, and telemetry in FPGA-based solutions
-Analysis and design for Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Interference
-Noise mitigation
-Experience with advanced instrumentation including digital oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and optical communication test equipment
-Software development



Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 75% - 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $65,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, applications must be submitted online. Click the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. Please provide your resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience.


Jessica Liegel
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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