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$63,400 - $110,000 / Year
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8 hrs/day

#121726 QI Circuits Lab Engineer

Extended Review Date: Wed 3/29/2023

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The Qualcomm Institute/Calit2 is one of four institutes launched in December 2000 through the California Institutes for Science and Innovation. It is a 'think tank' in inventing the collaborative research environment for the digital future. As the UCSD Division of Calit2, the Qualcomm Institute's mission is to harness information technologies and telecommunications to improve the competitiveness of the California economy and to benefit society. Multidisciplinary teams composed of faculty, researchers, staff and students in the sciences, engineering and the arts conduct projects that involve a variety of advanced visualization venues and technologies to display, analyze and communicate information.

The Circuits Lab in Qualcomm Institute provides design, assembly and testing of electronic circuits and prototype devices for projects within QI and for other UCSD departments. The lab is equipped with high-frequency radio development test equipment. Members of the campus community, from undergraduate students to faculty have utilized the Circuits Lab for their research endeavors.

The Circuits Lab Engineer is a resource for research projects seeking temporary Electronics assistance. The engineer works directly with PIs to assess project needs and makes recommendations for the scale, scope and duration of the necessary engineering tasks. Independently performs full range of required tasks, including circuit simulation, schematic capture, PCB layout, sourcing suppliers and manufacturers, assembly, testing, packaging and firmware/software development.

Responsible for maintaining the soldering bench and other communal resources within the lab, instructing users in the proper use of lab tools and equipment, and advising PIs and students on effective electronics design. Oversees and trains junior users of the lab performing work for outside researchers.

Projects typically combine RF, analog and digital electronics circuit elements, as well as development of firmware for microcontrollers, FPGAs and similar devices.


  • Graduation from college with major work in engineering or in a related field and three (3) years of engineering experience including one (1) year of responsible design work or an equivalent combination of experience/training. Master's degree preferred.

  • Circuit simulation experience in LTSpice, PSPICE, or similar program.

  • Demonstrated experience writing and testing programs for microcontrollers.

  • Strong knowledge of MATLAB or similar software to collect and interpret data from experimental setups.

  • Knowledge of basic biomedical electronics circuit requirements and designs. Demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and testing of biomedical electronic circuits and instruments.

  • Experience with the simulation of electromagnetic fields, and the use of commercial tools such as HFSS, Ansys, Comsol and EMX.

  • Demonstrated experience in testing and troubleshooting electronics, scientific recording and test equipment and computers.

  • Experience dealing with outside manufacturers and suppliers, and a thorough knowledge of electronics manufacturing and assembly processes and timelines

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with engineering principles and methods to independently perform the full range of engineering professional design work. Strong experience as design engineer and working as a lead in a technical support role in a teaching and/or research laboratory facility, providing engineering services to faculty members and investigators, with responsibility for the engineering specialty engaged, activities of technical and shop personnel, and successful technical achievements within time and financial constraints.

  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Demonstrated knowledge of theory and design principles of circuits, circuit applications, printed circuit board layout and design and prototyping, as well as integrated circuit design, layout and testing.

  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.

  • Ability to lead and influence others. Proven leadership and ability to work effectively independently and on a small team, to instruct others and to direct the activities of a team.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

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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