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Laboratory Instrument Maker – Machinist

The Laboratory Instrument Making Machinist is tasked with fabricating research grade equipment using tools such as computer controlled milling machines and lathes. Applicants need demonstrable expertise in at least what is known as “tool and die maker” level (with “model maker” being preferred). The fabrication of research grade equipment often requires significant ingenuity and development of new techniques. The Laboratory Instrument Making Machinist will set up and operate various machinery, as well as fit and assemble parts to make or repair metal instruments, mechanisms, tools, or machines on complex projects. The candidate may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

This job is located in a Machine Shop. A Machine Shop includes work with lathes, saws, milling machines, grinders, welding, soldering and cleaning. The incumbent will handle shop equipment and metals for shop production.   

Please be aware that this is a senior-level position.

Job Duties:

  • The incumbent fabricates, constructs and/or designs instruments for research and instruction. The candidate must meet exceptionally high standards of quality and precision since the success of the project depends critically on well-built instruments  
  • Normal technical decisions about instrument fabrication are made without supervisory advice. Fabrication of some instruments requires the input of the supervisor and the other machinists. When this scenario arises, they meet as a team to come up with a plan of how to proceed in building the equipment.  
  • Fabricate, construct, and/or design instruments using advanced machining for research and teaching instrument construction
  • Assist customers with equipment design.
  • TIG, MIG, and gas welding, soldering and brazing.  High vacuum welding techniques regularly needed.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on CNC mills, lathes, and other shop equipment. 
  • On site equipment installation or maintenance.
  • Serve as a backup for developing, coordinating and teaching the Student Shop to ensure safe and effective operation of equipment.

This full-time position will remain open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Process for External Applicants: Please apply through Workday  Search for position R0010616  or “Laboratory Instrument Maker - Machinist - Physics” [direct link].  Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for position R0010616 or “Laboratory Instrument Maker - Machinist - Physics” [direct link]. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional references (name, email address, telephone number, and address).

For questions about this position or the application process please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Machinist Certificate.  Tool and Die Maker Certification is strongly preferred.
  • Preferred Degree: Machinist Associate's Degree.

Experience:

  • Extensive - 7 years plus: At least 7 years of experience in similar shop (e.g., "model shop" or similar position in academia or industry) is required.   
  • Experience converting files to AutoCAD Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) and/or Parasolid form to use on CNC controls is strongly preferred.  

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated mastery of machine tool practices and safety. 
  • Ability to work from sketches/blueprints and verbal instruction; and understand the fundamentals of instrument design. 
  • Demonstrated ability to operate machines and tools such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mills and lathes to close tolerance is required.   
  • Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding expertise is strongly preferred.   
  • Working knowledge of Computer Solid Works Design, Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM), AutoCad Drawing Interchange Format (DXF) and Parasolid form are highly preferred. 
  • Considerable knowledge of the machinist trade and the use of associated tools, equipment, and materials.
  • Considerable skill in the use of hand and power tools, gauges, and equipment used in machinist trades.
  • Demonstrate ability to read, understand, and follow blueprints, diagrams, drawings, specifications, and operating manuals.
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Attention to detail.
  • Superior customer service in working with undergraduate and graduate students, research professionals, and faculty to fabricate, construct, and/or design instruments for research and instruction. 
  • Possess problem solving skills and the ability to multitask in a high-paced academic environment. 
  • Ability to work both independently and as a strong team player. 

Licensure:

  • Preferred - Machinist Certificate: Tool and Die Maker Certification is strongly preferred. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

This position requires the incumbent to remain in a standing position for most of the time while working on complex machinery. This requires the use of repetitive motion, use of both hands, use of either hand independently, fine finger manipulation, and wrist movement as well as bending, stooping, and standing.

Employee will be required to lift various weights, climb ladders and stairs in order to complete jobs. The use of both hands and a repetitive motion will be required while performing duties.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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Research Associate in Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a post-doctoral Research Associate position to work on the installation and running of the Super BigBite (SBS) project experiments and on the preparations for the proposed SoLID project at the Jefferson Lab.

 

The successful candidate will join the research group of Professor Nilanga Liyanage and Dr. Kondo Gnanvo which has a large program to develop Micro Pattern Gas Detector (MPGD) based particle tracking systems for ongoing and future experiments at Jefferson lab and at the proposed Electron Ion Collider (EIC).   We currently are playing a leading role on the SBS project, where we are responsible for the fabrication, installation and commissioning of the Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detector-based tracker.   We are also leading the design and development of GEM detectors for SoLID and Moller projects at Jefferson Lab.

 

The successful candidate is expected to be stationed at the Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia, to take a leading role in managing the installation, commissioning and running of the SBS GEM trackers.

 

QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: The successful candidate must have a PhD in experimental nuclear physics or in experimental high energy physics by the start date. Experience with detector hardware and/or data acquisition systems is preferred. Strong knowledge, skills and experience in some of the following fields are required: experimental nuclear or particle physics, particle detector installation, or data acquisition.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs.  Look for position R0009599.  [direct link]

attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on September 2, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

 

 

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

 

For additional information about the position, please contact Nilanga Liyanage, Professor, at  nl8n@virginia.edu

 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

 

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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Research Associate

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to do experimental work in atomic physics.

 

The successful candidate will help develop a Sagnac interferometer gyroscope using atoms trapped on an atom chip. Experience with atom chips is preferred, and experience with atom interferometry and Bose-Einstein condensates is also valuable. Candidates should have a strong record of research achievement in atomic physics or a related discipline. The project will be part of the DARPA A-PhI program, and includes opportunities to collaborate with industry partners Northrop Grumman, ColdQuanta, and Space Dynamics Lab.

 

QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: The completion of a Ph.D. degree in Physics or closely related field by appointment start date is required.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  by attaching a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references. 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on 3/1/2019, but the position will remain open until filled.

 

 

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

 

For questions about the position, please contact Cass Sackett at sackett@virginia.edu.

 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

 

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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Research Associate

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applicants for a Research Associate position to work on the approved Mu2e experiments at Fermilab and the proposed LDMX experiment.  

 

We are currently playing a leading role on the Mu2e experiment, where we are responsible for fabrication of the cosmic ray veto subsystem. We are also making important contributions to LDMX (potentially located at SLAC), a novel proposed experiment with unprecedented sensitivity to light dark matter.   The group is also active in the NOvA experiment and made significant contributions to the fabrication of the NOVA detector.  The Intensity Frontier effort at Virginia comprises two faculty, one research scientist, two postdoctoral researchers, and four graduate students, working under Professors Craig Dukes and Craig Group.

 

A PhD in Physics is required and a PhD in Experimental High Energy Physics is strongly preferred.  Experience with hardware, CAD software, and GEANT simulations will be considered useful skills when considering candidates. The successful candidate is expected to take leading roles in managing Mu2e fabrication and commissioning efforts for the cosmic ray veto and future UVA contributions to LDMX. Candidates are expected to be stationed in Charlottesville, but must be able to participate in substantial deployments to Fermilab and the chosen LDMX site. 

 

QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics by the appointment start date. Strong knowledge, skills and experience in some of the following fields are required: experimental particle or nuclear physics, particle detector design, construction, or simulation. Candidates with experience in particle physics detector hardware will be preferred.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

 

 

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. 

 

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

 

For additional information about the position, please contact Craig Group (rcg6p@virginia.edu)
 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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Research Associate in AMO Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate in AMO Physics with specialization on quantum simulation with ultracold atoms in optical lattices.  The successful applicant will work with Prof. Peter Schauss and students in the group. 

 

The group's interests include (but are not restricted to) ultracold atoms, degenerate Fermi gases, quantum simulation of condensed matter models, single-site imaging of atoms in optical lattices and Rydberg atoms. Our group is currently working on setting up a new laboratory for single-site imaging of ultracold fermionic lithium atoms in novel lattice geometries to study exotic Hubbard Hamiltonians. 

The successful candidate will be strongly involved in the building process of the experiment, in the data taking after completion of the setup and in the work with the students in the lab.

 

QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics by the appointment start date. Strong knowledge, skills and experience in several of the following fields are required: ultracold atoms, laser cooling, ultra-high vacuum equipment, diode lasers, high power infrared lasers, electronics, and optics. Of advantage is knowledge about ultracold atoms in optical lattices and Hubbard models as well as a background in condensed matter physics. Candidates with research experience at an ultracold atom experiment will be preferred.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs  and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.

Position Compensation Range: $47,500.00 - Annual

 

 

The anticipated start date for this position is March 2019. An earlier or later start date will be considered if mutually desired. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

 

For additional information about the position, please contact Peter Schauss (ps@virginia.edu)
 

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

More details can be found on the group website http://faculty.virginia.edu/ultracold_matter/

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit postdoc.virginia.edu and hr.virginia.edu/benefits.

 

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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Research Associate in Gravitational Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate in Gravitational Physics. The successful applicant will work with Professor Kent Yagi and students in the group. Candidates are also encouraged to interact and collaborate with faculty members and students at the Department of Astronomy and National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

The group's interests include (but are not restricted to) gravitational-wave physics, nuclear astrophysics, experimental tests of relativity and compact object modeling. For example, current group members are working on (i) probing strong-field gravity with gravitational wave and binary pulsar observations; (ii) studying black hole physics in theories beyond General Relativity; (iii) probing nuclear physics with gravitational waves from binary neutron star mergers; (iv) modeling neutron star interiors; and (v) exploring white dwarf astrophysics with gravitational waves.

Candidates must have a PhD degree in Physics or Astronomy by the appointment start date. Sufficient knowledge, skills and experience on research in classical gravity, astrophysics and/or cosmology is required.

The anticipated start date for this position is September, 2019. An earlier or later start date could be considered if mutually desired. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0624205. Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and the contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. Review of applications will begin on December 1 and the position will remain open until filled.

For additional information about the position, please contact Kent Yagi (ky5t@virginia.edu).

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom at rkh6j@virginia.edu.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician's Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.  

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