SPAWAR: Experimental Design 11-2001
SDSU Research Foundation - San Diego, CA

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Hourly with no benefits

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Advertised Salary

$15.50/hr (Undergraduate), $20.09/hr (Graduate)

Job Responsibilities

The purpose of this task it to obtain analytical and technical support services from undergraduate and graduate students at educational institutions in support of experimental design, scientific research and development at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific (SSC PAC).

Minimum Qualifications

Must be currently enrolled in a college in San Diego County. Minimum of 8 units for students. Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 units or enrolled in qualified "full-time" coursework (i.e. thesis or doctoral dissertation). Enrollment for audit or in extension does not count toward full time enrollment. Must be a U.S. Citizen (proof of citizenship must be produced at the time of hire - birth certificate, certificate of naturalization or a U.S. passport must be viewed - the document must be an original or certified copy).

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Preparing/Developing lab experiments that entail inquiry based learning. Reviewing, analyzing and documenting specific operational procedures for executing experiments. Assembling scientific apparatus ? e.g. function generators, vacuum chambers, using audacity to collect acoustic data, oscillators, various resonance apparatus, etc. Performing literature searches and reviews; compiling and cataloging background material; and/or preparing summaries and bibliographies. Research studies involving inclusion of standards and math content within activities and demonstrations. Collecting, developing, and analyzing performance data (in regards to lab experiments). Updating scientific experimental data sites; reporting experimental descriptions and outcome so others could repeat. Attending and contributing to weekly meetings. Monthly Status Reports and Bi-Weekly Time Reports shall be in accordance with basic contract CDRL.

Standard Requirements

This description incorporates the most typical duties performed. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed. The ability to report to work on time; follow directions from a supervisor; interact effectively with co-workers; understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; accept constructive criticism; for managers and supervisory personnel to lead and manage others; and to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers, clients, co-workers and management.

Preferred Education/Certifications

Preferred Experience/Special Skills

Graduate Level: Experience in educational research. Experience teaching in a math or science classroom (K-12). Interest in STEM Outreach. Undergraduate Level: Strong background in science/engineering, some familiarity with experimental design. Experience with function generators, vacuum chambers, using audacity to collect acoustic data, oscillators, explaining scientific concepts, various resonance apparatus, some familiarity with studies involving material properties in particular the coefficient of restitution. Past participation in one or more science/engineering mentoring programs is a benefit. Interest in putting together science experiments and performing education outreach. Experience working in an experimental design lab environment.

Working Conditions

A Navy Contract position is available through the SDSU Research Foundation. Work involves performing data analysis at the Naval Laboratories in Old Town or Point Loma (SSC Pacific). Student data analysts employed on the Navy Contract gain insight and work experience in a variety of laboratory research projects related to their major field. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule. Work is generally performed Monday through Friday, between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Contractors normally average 20 hours per week when school is in session; 40 hours per week maximum during semester/quarter breaks or vacations. Actual work schedule is arranged between the Navy work sponsor and the student contractor.

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Additional Instructions for Applicants

Certain SDSURF positions must undergo background and other screening, which may include criminal history, credit history, health examination, fingerprinting, or other screening criteria which the SDSURF determines necessary for business purposes. Where such requirements are known, they will be stated in the job posting. By accepting a position with SDSURF, you are agreeing to undergo such screenings at any time during your employment with SDSURF if it is determined necessary for business reasons.

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Physical Effort with or without reasonable accommodations

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