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University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 5010175
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Facilities Management

Academic Lab Engineer - Electrical and Systems Engineering - Penn Engineering

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Academic Lab Engineer - Electrical and Systems Engineering - Penn Engineering

Job Profile Title
Resource Technologist C

Job Description Summary
Penn Engineering's world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.

The Academic Lab Engineer will maintain and coordinate operations of the Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) Undergraduate Labs and their supported software and test equipment, maintaining necessary inventory to support the ESE Lab Program and helping students with lab courses including aspects of design related to electromechanical prototyping, IoT, and embedded systems. The specific responsibilities include assisting in developing labs based on circuitry, IoT, embedded and robotic systems, Matlab, Altium and LabVIEW programming.

Job Description

The Academic Lab Engineer in Electrical and Systems Engineering will participate in developing and maintaining the world class lab curriculum and facilities that include lively engagement with students from high school through graduate school and work with world class teaching and research faculty.

Maintain and plan upkeep of ESE Labs, world class lab facilities that cater to over 600 students; keep up to date with technology and assist in keeping the lab material up-to-date; responsible for lab inventory and occasional repairs of lab equipment.

Work with Lab Director and ESE faculty to improve student engagement and facilitate adoption of evolving software and hardware.

Provide design and technical expertise for student projects and general assistance to students during lab sessions. Lead efforts to teach and mentor students' skills in 2D/3D prototyping and maintain ESE makerspace.
Test, implement and develop labs based on circuitry, ioT, embedded systems, Matlab, Altium and other evolving hardware and software platforms for courses taught in the ESE Labs.
Update lab materials and procedures for lab equipment use; train users on procedures.
Coordinate TA's and work study students for scheduling lab courses.
Create purchase lists for parts and equipment needed for courses, maintain lab wiki/website for documentation, and manage lab software licenses.

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field and a minimum of five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills: Circuit design, PCB layout (e. g. Altium), Matlab, familiarity with RF instrumentation, IoT embedded system fluency (Arduino, Pi, mBed), Python, C, Solidworks and working knowledge of 3d printers and laser cutters

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaResource Technologist C

Department / School
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $77,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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