Laboratory Assistant for Nanotechnology Project
University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI

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Appointment dates are for a period of 89 days.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Preparing samples and performing mechanical testing per prescribed test methods under the directions of Senior Scientists.
  • Participating in the development of composites and nanocomposites including design, analysis, fabrication, and testing.
  • Participating in custom design and operation of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) furnaces.
  • Manufacturing and post-processing of various forms of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and their inclusions in polymers and composites to develop high-performance multifunctional nanocomposites.
  • Performing machining, measuring, testing, and data acquisition & recording of the developed composites and nanocomposites according to ASTM standards.
  • Assisting in test equipment calibrations.
  • Recording, evaluating, and reporting test results on written forms and in electronic spreadsheets.
  • Developing technical reports and presentations as well as patent documents and research papers.
  • Maintain test sample preparation area.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Vocational degree from community college or equivalent experiences, with technical focus in areas of science or engineering with hands-on skills.
  • Proficiency in manufacturing techniques using mill, lathe, bender, hydraulic shears, diamond saw, cutting tools, grinder, drilling, etc.
  • Proficiency with computer aided design software such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Works.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Familiarity with composite materials manufacturing and testing.
  • Familiarity with programming, MatLab, and LabView.
  • Desirable Qualifications
  • BS in mechanical engineering, material science, chemical engineering, physics, or related area.
  • Ability to read and interpret specifications, review test plans, procedures, data analysis and follow detailed verbal and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of accessory design and operation of CVD furnaces.
  • Familiarity with the growth of CNTs (Carbon Nanotubes).
  • Familiarity with machining and testing of composites.
  • Familiarity with Instron testing machine and associated data acquisition techniques.
  • Familiarity with ASTM methods related to mechanical and physical testing of composite materials.
  • Familiarity with advanced materials, nanomaterials, nanotechnology, composites, and nanocomposites.

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