The Research Specialist I, will provide technical support of research and education activities in the John W. Handin Experimental Rock Deformation Laboratory of the Center for Tectonophysics, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University (https://tectono.tamu.edu/facilities/john-w-handin-laboratory/). In addition, the Research Specialist will be responsible for maintaining the unique high-pressure materials-testing instruments and ancillary equipment in the laboratory, and ensure safe work practices and compliance with University rules. Responsibilities include purchasing, the design, construction, and commissioning of new instrumentation, technical instruction of students and visiting scientists, the management of IT and data archiving, and assisting in the development of teaching materials.Required Education and Experience
4 years of relevant professional experience (Master's degree is equivalent to 2 years of experience)
Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Relevant degrees include engineering, physics, materials science, geology, geophysics, or other appropriate field.
Experience in (and willingness to learn) the following: the operation and maintenance of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and servo-control systems, interfacing electronic and mechanical systems, computer data acquisition, and CAD of mechanical and other systems.
Equipment Maintenance - Maintain testing instruments and equipment in the laboratory
Help design and develop new instrumentations
Purchase laboratory supplies
Technical support for laboratory users - Provide technical instruction to students and visiting scientists
Safety management - Ensure safe work practices and compliance
Management of IT and data archiving - Help archiving data in the lab
Assistance in development of teaching materials - Help develop new teaching and instructional materials Performs other duties as assigned.
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Internal Number: R-013314
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