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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 261968-AS
Work type: Onsite, Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Client-Based Research Services

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is a research and development center with an international reputation for developing instrumentation for terrestrial, airborne and space flight applications. SSEC's mission includes the support of faculty and academic staff led research, development, fabrication and implementation of space flight experiments, the development of new meteorological research tools for national and international use, and is the US center for the maintenance and design of polar ice coring and drilling systems.

This position will support SSEC's Engineering Team as well as the Ice Drilling Program. The candidate will be responsible for assisting in the design of unique, one-of-a-kind scientific equipment ranging from small delicate components and mechanisms to large-scale multi-ton components for a broad range of research disciplines.

The incumbent will be responsible for the design, fabrication, testing, calibration, deployment, maintenance, and troubleshooting of highly complex equipment, including the upgrade and maintenance of High Spectral Resolution LIDAR systems for atmospheric research, the 700 Drill Development for polar ice coring, and the next generation Scanning High-resolution Interferometer Sounder instrument to be used to verify and validate satellite data.

We will entertain pending or recent graduates (Instrumentation Technologist I) as well as someone with several years of experience (Instrumentation Technologist II). The candidate should work well with a team of researchers, engineers and technicians. They should enjoy the challenge of solving complex engineering problems and the satisfaction that comes from addressing them. The candidate may be required to travel in the continental US to support an instrument installation or field campaign. A willingness to travel Greenland and Antarctica is desired as well.

This position is located in the Engineering operational area.

Responsibilities: Instrumentation Technologist II (RE051)
Instrumentation Technologist I (RE004)
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


From entry level to several years of experience. This position will ultimately involve specialized technical skills and knowledge beyond what would be expected from a person with traditional training and/or experience in the workplace. Mentorship and training will be provided, salary will be commensurate with the level of experience of the successful applicant.

Minimum of Associate Degree in Electronics, Electrical Engineering Technology or equivalent required. Bachelors Degree also encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $50,000 Maximum $85,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Salary will commensurate with advanced degree or substantial experience.

Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits.

How to Apply:

To begin the application process, click the "Apply Now" button. Please upload your resume and cover letter outlining relevant qualifications and experience.


Denise Weidner
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:

Instrumentation Technologist I(RE004) or Instrumentation Tech II(RE051)



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.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department.

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