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#118872 R&D Engineer

Extended Deadline: Wed 11/30/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/21/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/30/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


Uses professional engineering concepts to perform moderately complex engineering assignments. Works in a specialized engineering field on a major training and / or research effort. Works on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors.

Under general supervision, provide engineering support to Mechanical, Aerospace and Environmental (MAE) Engineering Undergraduate labs (UGL), the graduate design labs and advice provide assistance to the MAE graduate research. This involves teaching, design, development and fabrication of new and revised experimental labs in the UGL. Responsible for instruction of students in the UGL courses. Design, analyze, and fabricate prototype machines and test equipment from verbal descriptions of engineering objectives. Design and work with a wide range of hardware including mechanical, fluid, optical, heat transfer, and electrical components. Use engineering guidelines to select components to meet project specifications. Use engineering analysis to evaluate design concepts before fabrication, in order to ensure that final hardware will meet desired objectives for accuracy and repeatability. Ability to perform mechanical and physical experiments in a fashion that ensures reliable and valid results are achieved. Use computation tools, including CAD, for analysis, design, planning, and documentation of experimental work.

Apply engineering knowledge in support of undergraduate lab courses. Mentor students through the design process from concept generation, feasibility analysis, planning, purchasing, detail design, fabrication, and testing. Maintain equipment including experimental apparatus and machine shop tools. Create a lab environment conducive for student productivity, professionalism, and safety. Instruct student in proper and safe use of experimental apparatus and machine tools. Work closely with students, technical staff, and faculty. Be familiar with machine shop tools including lathes and mills, and additional fabrication equipment such as laser cutters and 3D printers. Assist in managing equipment inventory for tool-loan program.


  • Bachelor's degree in an Engineering discipline and two years of engineering experience; and/or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity. Experience in implementation of the design process. This includes defining the problem from verbal and written instructions, concept generation, use of engineering fundamentals to evaluate the feasibility, and project planning to meet cost and schedule objectives.

  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. 1. Understanding of the fundamental physical processes inherent in mechanical, fluid, heat transfer, optical, and electrical type machines. Ability to use this understanding to guide the design of such apparatus. 2. Experienced with the use of machine tools, hand tools, measuring devices, and test equipment. Experienced in implementing engineering tests in a fashion that ensures reliable results are achieved. 3. Ability to create and read engineering blueprints.

  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments. Ability to organize work with changing priorities, frequent interruptions and minimal supervision. Ability to exercise mature independent judgment on detail-oriented projects.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with a diverse group of people in a helpful, effective and informative manner, demonstrating tact and diplomacy. Ability to express oneself verbally and in writing; knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.

  • Diverse engineering background with an emphasis on Mechanical and Physical systems. Engineering experience including one year of responsibility for design work

  • Experience in the use of precision test equipment, the scientific method for running experiments, and interpretation of results.

  • Ability to evaluate and specify engineering components for purchase, include new types of sensors, actuators, and materials, based upon research and investigation into these components.

  • Experienced in the use of computer software programs to support documentation and analysis of engineering projects, such as CAD/Solidworks. Ability to learn new software packages as project needs require.

  • Experience in laboratory and machine shop safety procedures.


  • May be required to work weekends for various student functions, such as Admit Day, Transfer Day, etc.

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends to support course schedule.

  • Background check required.

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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