Job Description

Payroll Title:
Hiring Pay Scale
$62,000 - $65,000 /year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
TX Contract
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Monday - Friday

#109641 Instrument Development Technician

Initial Review Date: Mon 3/21/2022

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Under general supervision of the Principal Investigator, assemble, install, and maintain fire cameras. Construct general geophysical laboratory and field equipment. Participate in the development, construction, fabrication, testing, deployment, and recovery of fire cameras. Demo and write Python code for fire cameras. Must be a certified tower climber to access fire cameras. Direct and assist co-workers in instrument assembly and project support. As required, supervise student employees and technicians working on projects. Independently participate in research and oversee operation of laboratory including purchasing, receiving, and inventory control. Maintain accurate cost database of purchased and inventoried equipment. Responsible for all domestic and international shipping of complex scientific equipment.

  • Overtime (to include 10+ hours some days), evenings and weekends are often required.


  • Proven ability to perform diagnostics of problematic fire camera equipment and perform repairs in the field.

  • Understanding of fire camera installation, setup, adjustment and operation.

  • Certified tower climber.

  • Demonstrated proficiency to write Python code.

  • Ability to exercise independent judgement in the field and laboratory.

  • Ability to create and maintain detailed documentation and records.

  • Ability to schedule individual work assignments in order to complete in a timely manner as scheduled.

  • Ability to work safely in a team environment with good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a diverse group and to communicate clearly and effectively.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Certified Tower Climber.

  • California driver's license.

  • Ability to operate 4-wheel drive vehicle with manual transmission.

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Annual Full Pay Range: $63,684 - $76,755 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.50 - $36.76

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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