Comprising diverse researchers from a variety of disciplines across academic divisions, the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute leads UC Santa Cruz's efforts to unlock the world's genomic data and accelerate breakthroughs in health and evolutionary biology. Our platforms, technologies, and scientists unite global communities to create and deploy data-driven, life-saving treatments and innovative environmental and conservation efforts, while addressing the most fundamental societal and policy questions.
The ideal candidate for this role uses skills as an established engineering professional in mechanical and/or biomolecular engineering to develop systems for biomolecular-related research. Works with principal investigators to model, design and prototype system construction. Collaborates with other research staff on projects, including reporting and presentation of findings. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. The incumbent is a professional who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice to complete substantive assignments, projects, and tasks. They work independently and possess the job knowledge to analyze problems/issues and determine solutions.
The project the candidate will be supporting combines advances in comparative genomics and cerebral organoid models of primate brain development with biocompatible materials, chemical and electrical sensors, microfluidics, and optogenetic control of neuronal activity to learn how brains are made and how to harness the power of neural circuits.
Qualifications / Competencies
Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Biomolecular Engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with CAD platforms (Autodesk/Dessault / Geomagics/or equivalent).
Experience with Finite Element Methods platforms (COMSOL Multiphysics, ANSYS or equivalent).
Rapid-prototyping experience, which includes taking an idea into CAD design and to physical print, with ability to measure and quantify accuracy and to make relevant edits to the design.
Experience with 3D printing principles and methods in order to independently perform 3D model engineering design work of limited scope and complexity.
Experience with 3D image reconstructions and post-processing procedures.
Experience with 3D scanning packages (Skanect or equivalent).
Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adhere to quality standards.
Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.
Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.
Preferred Qualifications / Competencies
Experience with image segmentation software and image rendering (volume and surface) software. Working knowledge of 3D design software options (3Matic, Geomagic Freeform, Meshmixer, 3D Builder, Blender or equivalent).
Basic knowledge and skills of medical imaging systems, microscopy, fluorescence imaging and high-speed imaging.
Advanced understanding of Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM). Knowledge of basic CT and MRI physics and image considerations.
Master's degree or PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Biomolecular Engineering, or a related field.
Special Conditions of Employment
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&division=&title=1.&part=4.&chapter=2.&article=2.5
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