Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$74,300 - $87,000 / Year
Hybrid Remote
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Work Schedule:
8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri

#130339 Research & Development Engineer 2

Extended Deadline: Thu 6/27/2024

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.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/10/24 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/20/24. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

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


Under general supervision, incumbent will be responsible for fabricating electronic test equipment panels, breakout test boxes, and low-voltage and high-voltage wire harnesses from engineering drawings, performing electronic modifications, troubleshooting test equipment and wiring issues, and utilizing hand and power tools alongside standard test equipment. Reviews electrical schematics, uses manufacturers' product data sheets, and employs MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, or similar software for documentation and communication purposes. Uses engineering experience for electronic components and electrical/electronic theory, including AC and DC voltage, current, power, resistance, impedance, and circuit computations.

Under general supervision, designs and prepares engineering plans and specifications of moderate complexity for novel laboratory equipment and instruments. Plans, designs, and test experiments related to energy storage technology. Assists with programming test equipment to charge and discharge energy storage battery systems to simulate various energy storage use cases. Performs electrical, mechanical, and physical experiments in a fashion that ensures reliable and valid results are achieved.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

  • 5 years of experience in roles emphasizing machining, drilling, grinding, mechanical assembly, and general fabrication practices, coupled demonstrated proficiency and expertise in soldering, handling lab equipment, and fabricating special test equipment.

  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity. Experience in the design and operation of Energy Storage systems.

  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Able to carry out a task from start to finish while learning what is required along the way.

  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments. Independently and efficiently manage and accomplish tasks across a variety of projects.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills. This includes documentation of all work performed in a comprehensive and precise manner.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers. Able to work alongside interns, undergraduate students, and graduate students with various levels of experience.

  • Ability to collaborate with engineers to fabricate electronic test equipment panels, breakout test boxes, and low-voltage and high-voltage wire harnesses from engineering drawings.

  • Ability to apply understanding of electrical schematics and manufacturers' product data sheets to ensure accurate assembly and testing of electronic systems.

  • Using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, or similar software to document procedures, record test results, and communicate findings to the team.

  • Ability to perform moderate lifting and maintaining good housekeeping practices in the lab environment.

  • Demonstrating knowledge of basic electronic components and electrical/electronic theory, including AC and DC voltage, current, power, resistance, impedance, and circuit computations.

  • Experience with operating and maintaining specialized laboratory equipment and instrumentation used in energy storage testing, ensuring proper calibration and functionality.


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

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • This position may be eligible for a flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time. The employee shall be available full-time during assigned work hours (specific hours to be discussed with supervisor).

The Center for Energy Research (CER) in University of California, San Diego, is committed to actively promoting our Principles of Community and continually advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion within all levels of our organization. In line with the goals of UCSD’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence supporting a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and fostering a positive and welcome climate where all are valued, we strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented communities, to apply. Please keep open until filled.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $74,300 - $134,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $35.58 - $64.42

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).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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