Research Supp Spec II
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

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Electrical Systems Engineer

Research Support Specialist II - Band F

Lab of Ornithology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University

Located at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity in the 220-acre Sapsucker Woods sanctuary, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's leading resource for conservation, research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. The Lab is a vibrant unit within Cornell's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, where several full-time faculty teach undergraduate courses, advise graduate students, and manage world-class, mission-driven programs. Our management and staff are committed to the highest standards of ethics and excellence in all areas of our work, and our Board leadership includes faculty from Cornell and other universities, successful entrepreneurs and managers from the business and non-profit sectors, and conservation-minded citizens from the United States and beyond.

The Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP), the largest of 12 programmatic units within the Lab of Ornithology, collects and interprets sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative technologies across multiple ecological scales to inspire and inform conservation of wildlife and habitats.

The Bioacoustics Research Program at the Lab of Ornithology is searching for an experienced Electrical Systems Engineer. Duties include:

Design, construct, test, evaluate and document unique, sophisticated tools and prototype technologies for research initiatives, in concert with other members of the engineering team.

Develop design specifications in accordance with user requirements.

Conduct and attend design review meetings.

Develop test procedures, conduct bench and field-testing, document developed systems, and collaborate with other members of the engineering, marketing and production/deployment teams to transition viable designs to production. Systems will be designed for a broad base of users external to the engineering team, often having limited technical knowledge, thus a high importance is placed on clearly documented, user-friendly solutions to complex technological problems.

Collaborate with engineering and production teams in the development and implementation of documentation and process standards that will ensure the manufacturability and consistency of products.

Troubleshoot, maintain and improve existing products.

Design and develop new features and capabilities to ensure that current equipment continues to meet the evolving research needs of BRP and its collaborators.

Adhere to established configuration management standards for documentation and engineering changes.

Provide development support to grant/contract proposals, technical reports, and scientific publications.

Occasional field work in remote areas for extended periods of time may be required to test research equipment.

Must be able to travel both domestically and internationally.

One year term with possible renewal based upon funding and performance.

Applicants to provide cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references


Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent; with 5-7 years related experience.

Demonstrated ability to design, develop and implement complex electronics systems according to a set of requirements.

Ability to develop testing procedures, execute tests, and analyze test results.

Working knowledge of computer languages/architectures and communication protocols.

Must be able to work collaboratively with other members of the engineering team.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Experience with C, C++, or MATLAB.

Ability to travel to remote locations, domestically and internationally.

Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license and passport.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with analog and digital circuit design, particularly with microcontroller-based audio processing systems.

Experience building equipment capable of collecting data suitable for signal processing and statistical analyses.

Experience with OrCAD or similar schematic capture and layout software, assembly language programming, DSP, CAD tools, and circuit simulation software.

Experience in the scientific process, including the planning and execution of field research.

Knowledge of animal communication, biology, ecology or oceanography.

Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new CornellNYC Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

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