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Research Support Specialist IV

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut 06520
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Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


General Purpose: Reporting to the Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering, the Research Support Specialist IV will coordinate undergraduate experimental facilities for laboratory courses offered by the Departments of Applied Physics, Mechanical, Biomedical, and Chemical and Environmental Engineering within the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Sciences (SEAS). Fundamental to the position is providing support and guidance for hands-on experiments in the laboratory courses offered by these departments. This position will assist in creating new laboratory experiences and contribute to existing laboratory systems to support student learning. The successful candidate will provide expertise in maintaining laboratory equipment and help in developing and running the laboratory courses, including designing and building custom experiments, supervising teaching assistants, and working with undergraduate students on capstone design projects. In addition, the successful candidate will directly contribute to the educational goals of Yale’s engineering programs.


Primary activities and responsibilities include: Supporting existing laboratory systems and creating new laboratory experiences and educational experiments with guidance from faculty under the supervision of the Dean of SEAS. Maintaining and upgrading laboratory equipment and training others to use the equipment. Providing engineering design expertise to support faculty and students in their research projects, and providing guidance to undergraduates during their capstone senior projects. In partnership with other staff members, managing laboratory facilities used by multiple SEAS courses; this task will require organizing the equipment and parts storage and managing the lab space to meet varying needs. Creating a resource center for engineering projects that will provide engineering hardware and computer tools for students to use for their independent research projects. Supervising laboratory and machine shop personnel and student assistants. Purchasing laboratory supplies and maintaining and storing reusable components.


The Research Support Specialist will:


  • Participate in the planning, conceiving, designing, and implementation of highly specialized state of the art instrumentation equipment and apparatus for a multi-faceted research project.
  • Solve engineering and design problems to ensure that equipment meets the objective of the study.
  • Develop reports and proposals for research project outlining machinery available, direction of the design, and development of new instrumentation.
  • Determine available resources such as electrical and mechanical components and equipment.
  • Develop cost and time estimates for specific equipment design, and ensure time and cost estimates are met.
  • Supervise and monitor work of professionals, and solicit consulting work from outside labs.
  • Manage quality control of work performed on research projects.
  • Teach research support theories and design.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.
Please note that this is a part year position, the incumbent will work Aug-May.


Required Education and Experience: Bachelor's Degree in a related field and five years of related experience in a research development facility or an equivalent combination of education and experience.



  • Familiar with fundamental physical and engineering principles typical of experiments in undergraduate and graduate laboratory courses.
  • Engineering design skills. Proficient in the design, fabrication, and implementation of engineering projects.
  • Ability to maintain and operate laboratory equipment, including basic biomedical, mechanical, electrical, and chemical components.
  • Familiar with basic machine shop tools. Ability to supervise machine shop when the machinist is absent and ability to support machine shop activities during peak loads.
  • Familiarity with computer-based data acquisition and control. Familiar with laboratory safety requirements and procedures. Willingness and interest in learning about new experimental techniques, computer coding, and engineering technologies.
  • Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Preferred proficiency in Computer Aided Design and CNC manufacturing. Preferred experience with microprocessor coding (Arduino) and control. Experience working congenially with students and faculty members in managing the access to and use of the laboratory resources. Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at http://bit.ly/YaleCareers-63904BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


Posted: 2021-02-02 Expires: 2021-03-04

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