Sr Technical Assoc

Rochester, NY


Job Description


Provide technical and day-to-day lab support to faculty engaged in teaching and research. The candidate will be involved in activities in the teaching labs and will help organize, guide, and trouble-shoot student projects that feature varying degrees of complexity. The role requires a multi-disciplinary approach and will include work with design, development, fabrication, utilization, and testing of specialized equipment. Candidate should be conversant and have some familiarity with mechanical lab instrumentation including but not limited to strain gauges, pressure transducers, load cells, LVDTs, RVDTs, extensometers, thermocouples, accelerometers, high-speed video, and various other electronic measuring systems. In addition, the candidate should have some familiarity with general mechanical and electronic test methods including multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators, and working with universal test machines used in mechanical test. Knowledge of basic benchtop electronics and data acquisition is required.


Conduct office hours, student team meetings, and train teaching assistants and coordinate with technical staff and other faculty across fall and spring semesters. The successful candidate will be heavily involved with the development of semester-long projects as well as modular short experiments.


BS in Engineering/Physics or Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Technology with 3 - 5 years of experience working in an R&D-type lab environment.

Job Specific Qualifications


  • Must be able to work independently on design, assembly, and testing of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems. Must have practical hands-on skills and be comfortable working on a variety of projects in a laboratory setting. Must possess basic mechanical, electrical, computer, and electronic skills for prototype systems.

  • Skills in microcontroller/Arduino Raspberry Pi based systems for sensing and control including basic motor control.

  • Skills in CAD (e.g., Solidworks/Creo/NX/OnShape), DAQ (e.g., LABView/Matlab), Data Visualization (e.g., Matlab/R/JMP).

  • Skills in basic mechanical fabrication.


  • Experience with ovens, motors, pumps, small wind-tunnels or water-channels.

  • Experience with basic 3-D Printing.

  • Ability to develop and deliver lab lecture/instruction.


  • Assist a variety of student teams in project development, instrumentation, assembly, testing, and data acquisition.

  • Assist faculty with lab and lecture support which may include developing and deploying mechanical or electrical systems used as part of demonstrations in various lectures.

  • Assist faculty with their research and assist with design, development, fabrication, and operation of specialized equipment.

  • Support safety standards, procedures, maintenance, cleanliness, and daily operations of labs via the proper operation and handling of equipment, materials, and chemicals in a variety of labs.

  • The individual chosen for this position will have daily contact with both undergraduates and graduate students and will be required to exercise equal parts guidance, patience, and mentoring when serving in that capacity.

Physical Requirements

Occasional lifting of laboratory and/or experimental equipment.

Application Instructions

Please attach a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 53,500 - $ 85,000 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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Full/Part Time: Full-Time