Remote Instrumentation Engineering Assistant, Department of Physics & Astronomy

University of Calgary

Position Overview

The Department of Physics & Astronomy in the Faculty of Science invites applications for a Remote Instrumentation Engineering Assistant. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 16 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The Auroral Imaging Group (AIG) is one of the leading research groups in Canada studying the near-Earth space environment, and is a key player in international projects such as the NASA THEMIS mission and the Space Agency (CSA) Geospace Observatory. AIG operates numerous arrays of custom designed autonomous ground based instrumentation across Canada's north to remote sense geospace phenomena related to the Aurora.


Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):


Under general supervision & direction of the PI, develop and implement original experiments within the guidelines of the research

Reliable and safe operation of all laboratory equipment

Carry out technical procedures with a high impact of error


Record Keeping:

Responsible for making recommendations to policy and/or procedural changes within the scope of the research

Responsible for keeping accurate and detailed records with attention to detail Relationships and Collaboration

Established and maintains effective, productive relationships with staff, peers, immediate supervisor and senior management and with the campus community

Manages own time effectively and ensures immediate reports to manager is kept informed of activities, and progress of work.

Demonstrates strong communication, team and customer service skills. and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines


Safety and Training:

Trains other staff and students in the operation of equipment and laboratory protocols

Understanding of safety codes, standards and systems related to specialization

Keep laboratory and work area clean and safe

The incumbent is expected to contribute to and/or lead the following tasks within our team ; Instrument daily monitoring and remote troubleshooting/intervention

Development of action plans for instrument failures.

This may include; preparation and testing of replacement parts for field systems, design of specific "'one off" solutions for instrument failures, shipping of equipment to the field and providing remote guidance to local (non-skilled personnel) during instrument modifications; may also include ordering and receiving space components


Qualifications / Requirements:

Ability to read technical schematics, wiring diagrams, flow diagrams, BOM, parts lists (inventory)

Perform detailed design, documentation, and implementation of moderately complex technological systems

Recommend change to processes or procedures

Provide technical support for other team members through advice on technical lab issues

Provide semi-skilled to skilled technical procedures to support the research project Operate and maintain complex technical equipment

Demonstrated strong communication , team and customer service skills, and an ability to exercise judgment within established guidelines

Positive attitude and the ability to work independently and as part of a team are critical to success

Energetic, passionate able to work in a fast paced and exciting environment

Application Deadline:  January 18, 2019

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase I.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Science visit Careers in the Faculty of Science.

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Research assistant / technician


North America

Calgary , Canada





Research assistant / technician

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