Required Qualifications (As evidenced by an attached resume): Bachelor's Degree (foreign equivalent or higher). Five  years of full-time experience in fabricating, operating, maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing oceanographic and meteorological instrumentation to the component level. Must have, keep and maintain the appropriate valid NYS Driver's License; have a motor vehicle record which is free from major violations or a pattern of repeat violations. (***Out-of-State Applicants, see "Special Notes").
Preferred Qualifications: Advanced degree (or foreign equivalent) in a relevant scientific or technical field. Experience with autonomous underwater vehicles and radar meteorology instrumentation. Experience with machine shop equipment such as table saw, band saw, drill press, and lathe. Welding experience. Experience troubleshooting and repairing small refrigeration systems. EPA refrigeration technician license.
Primary Purpose: The primary function of the SoMAS Instrument Lab Specialist is to provide timely support of the graduate and faculty level research efforts of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) as they relate to engineering, technical, and field support.
Assisting in the efficient operation of the SoMAS Instrument Laboratory, which oversees and participates in the design, construction, installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment and instrumentation used by clients of the laboratory. The Lab Specialist will also oversee the maintenance and repair of department administered instrumentation and equipment, computers, and utilities associated with scientific monitoring installations.
Areas of responsibility for the Shop include instrument fabrication, calibration, repair, operation, and maintenance; and operation of a central pool of delicate, sophisticated, and expensive equipment. The incumbent collaborates with the University Instructional Specialist (SL5) and a varying number of faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate student assistants to provide high quality, reliable, and responsive technical support services. The majority of the work performed by the Shop supports scientific research and efforts at the graduate and faculty level.
The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time-management skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.
Shop Supervision and operation: Provide general facility maintenance and operations, including organization, routine and urgent procurement, and operation of a billing database, periodic inventory, quoting, scheduling, purchasing supplies, billing. Report progress and issues to supervisor. Assist with accounts including periodic accruals, tracking of billing and invoices paid. Serve as back-up in the absence of supervisor.
Assist in the development of recommendations for laboratory improvements; write specifications for labs and associated facilities. Provide advanced expertise on the technical sections of proposals. Collaborate with supervisor in developing research proposals.
Department Instrumentation: Responsible for the repair and maintenance of the research instrumentation supported by the shop. This includes, but is not limited to performing mechanical, electrical, and electronic repairs of scientific equipment to the component level. Performing mechanical, electrical, and electronic construction and documentation of custom equipment and instruments. Troubleshoot malfunctions, identify replacement parts, install replacement parts, and test instrumentation, often without manufacturer's schematics. Set-up, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot equipment at remote locations. Perform QA/QC tasks, evaluate the quality of results, and address problems with appropriate action. Instruct end users in the proper use of equipment, and evaluate the ability of users to properly and safely operate equipment: this may involve composition of memoranda, checklists, forms, and manuals. Maintain and repair network switches, peripheral equipment, and other computer technology associated with scientific monitoring installations. Maintain specialized and delicate equipment. Evaluate, maintain, prepare, and schedule equipment. Keep accurate records for billing and maintenance purposes.
Fabrication: Consult with customers prior to fabrication: review blueprints, drawings, sketches, and concepts per verbal consultations and reconfigure where applicable in order to fabricate a component and/or assembly that is feasible, cost effective and will result in a fully functioning component or assembly. Provide aid to research groups for the selection of proper materials and part configuration for their projects. Suggest standard commercially available components when possible.
Design Projects: In close collaboration with the University Instructional Specialist (SL5), plan, specify, and supervise technical and engineering projects and operations both in the field and at the laboratory. In this role, the incumbent assists faculty, staff, and students from Stony Brook and elsewhere as well as identifying, requisitioning, coordinating, and working with outside contractors. Research new techniques and available products for faculty and students: participate in planning, designing and evaluating new research procedures in collaboration with faculty. Prepare written technical specifications, drawings and instructions when required. Train and monitor graduate students, postdoctoral staff, and faculty as necessary in technical aspects of work with all types of research laboratory instrumentation and equipment.
Other duties or projects as assigned.
Special Notes: This is a full time appointment. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
***Out-of-State Applicants: Please note as a condition of employment and in order for this position to be tendered, the successful incumbent will be required to provide evidence of a valid license and driving abstract from the state issuing the license within five business days of a conditional offer and must obtain a NYS driver's license within 30 days of acceptance of offer.
Due to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, the candidate hired will need to be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or other "protected individual" (as defined by 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1324b(a)(3).
Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
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Official Job Title: Instructional Support Specialist
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences-Stony Brook University
Schedule : Full-time Shift : Day Shift Shift Hours : 8:30 to 5:00
Posting Start Date: Mar 12, 2021
Posting End Date: Apr 12, 2021, 3:59:00 AM
Salary: Commensurate with experience within the range of $61,000 - $64,500 plus $3,026 location pay
Salary Grade: SL4
Appointment Type: Regular
Internal Number: 2003041
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