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Research Technician I, Center for Composite Materials

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College / VP Area: College of Engineering
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time

Pay Grade: 26N

Context of the Job:
The University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials (UD-CCM) is an internationally recognized center of excellence for interdisciplinary research, education, and technology transfer providing world-class research to both industry and government sponsors.

Under general supervision, performs a variety of complex technical laboratory, field duties and supervisory work. The principal emphasis is on conducting complex laboratory analyses, tests, experiments, and determinations, which may include designing, modifying, and installing complex laboratory equipment in support of research activities and establishing operating procedures.

Major responsibilities:
• Fabricates composite components, structures, and test articles.
• Prepares composite samples per test instructions for physical/chemical testing (includes layups, consolidation and curing in hydraulic presses, ovens, and autoclave; and machining of samples to requiring shapes and dimensions).
• Extraction, preparation, and analysis of samples and test coupons for research purposes. This includes the operation of and data collection from advanced microscopes and optical measurement instruments.
• Perform physical/mechanical testing per instructions, standard test methods, and subcomponents. Tasks include rough cutting laminates, end tabbing, final specimen coupon cutting, gauging, and recording of dimensions, test machine setup for the various standard test configurations, operation of test machine and recording of load / displacement and strain data. Training and technical assistance to all users of the mechanical test lab is also expected.
• Operate, maintain, and train new users on machine shop equipment. Equipment includes lathe, milling machine, slot grinder, wet saw, horizontal and vertical band saw, core drill, shear.
• Operate custom composite forming equipment with defined process procedures and collect data with supplied instrumentation. This includes safe operation of a hydraulic press, and electronic control of thermal and pressure process cycles. All data will be collected with a LabVIEW environment. Set up and testing of instrumentation prior to processing is required.
• Generates and documents procedures; operates various electronic devices in the collection tabulation and calculation of data (capable of data reduction and analysis). Maintains laboratory records. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes workplace safety.
• Supports center research activities.
• Routine scheduling and prioritization of assigned work tasks.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

• Funding source requires U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
• Requires a minimum of a high school diploma or GED and 2 years of experience in a manufacturing or laboratory environment.
• Requires knowledge of laboratory equipment, techniques, procedures, and record keeping; manufacturing, and mechanical aptitude required including demonstrated skills working with hand and machine tools.
• Ability to work independently from oral and/or written instructions, develop operating practices, assume responsibility, and take initiative to perform tasks with little direct supervision.
• Ability to train and instruct others.
• Ability to accept and complete specific independent tasks to contribute to a team effort.
• Ability to work well with faculty, scientists, students, and the public and communicate effectively and interact well with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
• Basic computer skills with MS Office applications, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
• Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
• Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

Special Requirements:
Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Requires dexterity in handling delicate and hazardous materials and the ability to accurately discern colors and measure laboratory materials. Requires a valid vehicle operator's license. Employment is dependent upon passing a University-specified medical evaluation related to the use of respiratory protection equipment.

Occupational Exposures:
Frequently required to use personal protective equipment (including safety glasses, gloves, and respirator) to prevent exposure to hazardous materials.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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