Under general supervision, this position provides support to the research, instructional and outreach programs of the academic departments of Entomology, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and Plant Pathology. This position is part of the Russell Labs Administrative Service Center and works collaboratively with other support staff, and faculty and students in the academic departments. Key responsibilities include designing and building scientific research instruments, and maintaining and repairing existing research equipment including refrigerators, freezers, growth chambers, incubators, small engines, laboratory instruments and other tools and equipment. The person in this position will also occasionally coordinate with outside sources(within campus and external contractors) for assistance when research and instructional goals cannot be met in-house.
Performs as a highly skilled machinist in the design, creation, and/or modification of unique, highly intricate, and precise scientific equipment, industrial equipment, and mechanical systems. Maintains and modifies standard laboratory and specialized research equipment or instrumentation to be used in laboratory and other research environments.
25% Designs, develops, fabricates, tests, and maintains highly specialized instruments, components, and mechanical systems
10% Analyzes data and recommends protocol changes to assure quality and alignment with the strategic plan and unit objectives
20% Assists with the selection of materials and components with respect to physical properties, cost, and established guidelines
30% Maintains, repairs, and operates highly complex and/or specialized instrumentation, identifies damages and communicates repair or replacement needs to the appropriate entities
10% Locates, positions, and calibrates instrument parts and assemblies
5% Trains staff and stakeholders on processes and procedures
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact satisfactorily with faculty, staff, students, vendors, manufacturers and others is required. - Knowledge and experience in the use of modern precision machine equipment (e.g. lathes, drill presses, milling machines, band and table saws, sheet metal equipment, spot welders, and arc welders) required. - Knowledge and experience using hand tools required. - Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment required. - Knowledge and skills to work with metals, woods and synthetic materials preferred. - EPA 608 certification required or need to be able to obtain within 6 months. - Ability to troubleshoot HVAC systems preferred. - Basic computer skills including regular use of email and spreadsheets required. - Proficiency with (or ability to learn) Microsoft Office and UW electronic systems preferred.
Monday through Friday; 7:30 AM until 4:15 PM. Will have some on call time after normal hours.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $22.00 HOURLY Depending on Qualifications
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. At CALS, we acknowledge that bias, prejudice, racism, and hate have historically occurred in many forms that cause significant and lasting harm to members of our community. We commit to taking actions each day toward a college that is inclusive and welcoming to all.
How to Apply:
Please click on the "Apply Online" button below to start the application process. Please also attach a current resume/CV, a cover letter stating why you are interested in this position, and at least 3 references with their contact information. Please attach this all in a single file with your last name in the file.
John Wipperfurth firstname.lastname@example.org 608-333-2619 Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.