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#117251 Research and Development Engineer 2

Extended Deadline: Wed 8/17/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 06/28/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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


Use 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 of the CER Senior PI and research staff, incumbent participates in both on-campus and off-campus experimental fusion plasma physics research activities. Gathers and Analyses for experimental programs in engineering design and analysis, as well as assists in the planning, budgeting, scheduling, development, production, testing and commissioning of new projects. Assists with the repairs and maintenance of existing experimental facilities, as needed. Provides engineering and technical support services to CER research scientists, technical staff, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as external research collaborators engaged in CER’s international multi-funded research effort in plasma physics and energy research.

Under general supervision designs, develops, tests, repairs, maintains, and coordinates the integration of various unique, and state of the art scientific plasma physics devices on the UCSD campus and at off-site and international collaboration locations. Participates in the accomplishments of system effectiveness, performance, reliability, and feasibility required to meet experimental research goals and objectives of various international multi-funded research projects. Provides engineering support to principal investigators or other key research staff. Participates in making presentations at meetings or conferences that involve CER, facilities, subcontractors, or collaborators engaged in energy research or engineering.


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Engineering Sciences or equivalent.

  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity. Working knowledge of specialized design work as well as the overall field.

  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Experience in applying engineering concepts, equipment manufacturing principles, and processes as it relates to Plasma physics and materials research.

  • Experience in product design, engineering blueprint development, and geometric tolerances.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. Excellent communication skills to convey information in a clear and concise manner.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers. Ability to analyze research experiment problems and execute, recommend effective solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and fabricate electrical engineered systems.

  • Experience with computer workstations, servers, and desktop and laptop computers. Proficient using Windows, Unix and Mac OS operating systems.

  • Experience in using electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) software for typical electronics design flows.

  • Working knowledge of programmable logic controllers (PLC), ladder logic, structured text and related graphical user interface software.

  • Experience in the design, fabrication, assembly, and use of high density, steady state plasma generators and associated equipment, instruments, and diagnostics.


  • Job offer is contingent on satisfactory completion of Background Check.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends and/or overnight domestic or international travel may be 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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