Thursday, December 23, 2010

Laboratory Robotics Software Developer

Emerald BioSystems is a leading provider of sophisticated laboratory automation, software tools, protein crystallization matrices and consumable products for gene to protein crystal structure research; we manufacture liquid-handling robotics and protein crystallization reagents and supplies. We have an immediate opening for a Laboratory Robotics Software Developer.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

• Improvements to legacy robotics hardware control software
• Development of new robotics software
• Authorship of software documentation/users guide

The successful candidate should posses the following skills/experiences or equivalents:

• C++, C #, Visual Basic, SQL procedure calls,, Windows Presentation Foundation (GUI)
• Hardware control, API, Unit/Integration testing
• Liquid-handling robotics experience a plus
• Related degree is required
• Strong customer service skills
• Detail oriented, organized and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously
• Ability to work in a highly technical and fast paced development environment
We offer a comprehensive benefit and salary package including health, flex plans and 401k. Ferry charges to Island will be reimbursed. Visit our website at

Emerald BioSystems does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled, Vietnam-era, or other eligible veteran. Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Faculty Position at UC Riverside

The Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for tenure-track faculty positions in the 2011/2012 academic year. A doctoral degree in the relevant engineering discipline or related field is required. Interdisciplinary candidates are sought in the following areas:

(1) Computer engineering, with emphasis on VLSI/CAD, SoC/RF/3D design, FPGA/embedded systems;
(2) Lab-on-a-chip systems, with emphasis on microfluidics, MEMS, medical/bio interface electronics;
(3) Distributed sensing and control, for applications on solid-state lighting, transportation systems, smart grids, solar energy, distributed imaging systems;
(4) Multi-transceiver sensing/imaging hardware and systems, with emphasis on ultrasound, RF, infrared, light, plasmonics, photonics and THz.

Junior candidates must show outstanding research, teaching and graduate student mentorship potential. Senior candidates may be considered with an exceptional research, teaching, and graduate student record. Salary level will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will complement the highly motivated and entrepreneurial spirit of the College faculty, contributing meaningfully to the success of future teaching, research, and service accomplishments. Faculty research activities are essential to the success of our program and as such new members are expected to initiate and sustain strong sponsored research and graduate training programs.

The Department of Electrical Engineering has 24 core faculty members with 7 Fellows of the IEEE and 4 Fellows of the AAAS. The faculty has high visibility and professional recognition. During the last two years our annual externally funded research expenditures averaged between $4M - $5M per year. Our graduate program ranked very high in the recent NRC rankings. A comparison of different UC and AAU EE Graduate Programs along with a summary of last year’s activities can be found in our newsletter1. Currently, we have 226 students in our ABET accredited Undergraduate Program, 156 students in our Graduate Program, and we share with the CSE Department the teaching of the 150 undergraduate Computer Engineering students.

The search committee will review received applications beginning on January 3, 2011 and will continue to receive applications until the positions are filled. To apply please register through the weblink at and submit the requested PDF files. For inquiries and questions, please contact us at

The University of California, Riverside is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Full-time (after graduation) Opening at Grakon

Quality Engineer – Corporate
Grakon, LLC, a major supplier of lighting and engineered trim components to the global commercial vehicle industry, is searching for a Quality Engineer for the Corporate office in Seattle.

Position Summary
In support of customer desires and requirements for flawless new product launches, zero rejects, and zero warranty returns, the Quality Engineer will perform advanced quality functions required in new program development. This role will be the initial point of contact for resolution of all quality issues and warranty claims with assigned customers, responsible for driving to resolution as the voice of the customer. In fulfillment of advanced quality responsibilities, the Quality Engineer must be intimate with customer technical specifications and government compliance requirements. This detailed knowledge will be used for:
• participating in Product development/APQP teams;
• participating in FMEA’s;
• applying statistical methods;
• Design Validation Planning (DVP);
• design review;
• knowledge of gages and fixtures;
• following through the development phase to review all testing results and ensure successful PPAP submission and product launch.

The Quality Engineer will support the customer directly and hands-on. This includes ensuring analysis, containment and corrective action resolution response is carried out and is effective, whether related to any zero mile or warranty quality. The position may include occasional supplier or manufacturing plant location audits in the pursuit of excellence. Reports to the Corporate Director of Quality and Customer Service.

Desired Skill Set
The professional should have experience in APQP from award of program through AIAG PPAP (automotive). Must be able to read and interpret customer, industry (ASTM, SAE, ISO, etc.) technical specifications and translate them into actionable tests and validations. Must have a solid grasp of the quality tools including, FMEA, Control Plan, gage R&R, SPC and capability studies, DOE’s, corrective action, problem solving methods, and good project & time management skills. Must be comfortable working in a team environment with customers or suppliers in high stress situations if necessary. Successful experience participating in product launches as they transition into manufacturing required. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, solid Microsoft office skills, and must be a self starter with a passion for quality. Six sigma, and quality auditing skills a plus. Experience specifically in automotive lighting and photometrics a plus but not required.

At least 5 years experience in quality, engineering, or manufacturing.
Bachelors degree in Engineering, Business, or a Science/technical field, or a commensurate level of experience or professional certification such as ASQ CQE, CRE, SSBB, etc. at a professional level.
ASQ Certifications a plus.
Must be willing and able to occasionally travel both nationally and internationally.

Interested applicants can email a resume to, or fax 206-824-6098, attn: HR Manager.

Professional portfolio workshops for engineering students

Would you like to have a professional communication portfolio to share with prospective employers or graduate schools?
Would you like to learn how to develop a portfolio that makes an argument about how prepared YOU are to communicate as a practicing engineer?
Would you like to work on this in a studio setting with a small group of your peers where you provide feedback and support to each other?
If so…. participate in our research study during Winter Quarter 2011.

It’s for a very good cause­we are seeking to improve the educational experience for engineering students here at the University of Washington and across the nation.

That is why it is so important to hear from you by January 10, 2011!

WHO: We are looking for students to participate in a portfolio development program that will complement their academic year at the UW.
WHAT: Participate in five 2-hour studio sessions.
During sessions: Learn how to create a portfolio and work with other study participants to further individual goals. Also, fill out short surveys designed to help the research team track the progress of the study.
Between sessions: Draw on your life-wide experiences to develop a professional communication portfolio that you can show prospective employers and use to further your professional goals. Also, participate in a one-on-one interview with a researcher, to help the research team track the progress of the study.
At the end of the quarter: Turn in a portfolio and receive feedback.
WHEN: During Winter Quarter 2011 you will attend studio sessions once per week for five weeks.
WHERE: On campus at the University of Washington.
You will receive up to $200 as compensation for your time and effort at the conclusion of the quarter.

This study is funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the UW’s College of Engineering. Researchers are from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.

To be considered for this research study, please visit by January 10, 2011, and fill out a short survey. Your answers will be kept confidential.

If you would like more information about the study, please contact Kate Mobrand, We cannot ensure the confidentiality of any email communication.

Global Opportunities Scholarship - Winter deadline

I am happy to announce that we will be offering a Global Opportunities Scholarship application process during Winter Quarter. Students planning to study abroad on programs beginning during Spring Quarter may apply. We will hold another review process in Spring Quarter for students going on Summer, Early Fall, and Fall programs.

The Global Opportunities Scholarship provides funding for Husky Promise & Pell Grant eligible students to study abroad. Awards range from $2,000 - $5,000.

Application instructions, eligibility requirements and other details are on our website at:

Students can apply directly through the website listed above.

The deadline is Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 5 pm.

FAA Design Competition for Universities for the 2010 ­ 2011

We are pleased that the FAA is continuing to offer a Design Competition
for Universities for the 2010 ­ 2011 academic year! The Competition has
added new design categories.

The Competition guidelines and many resources are posted at the Competition


The broad challenge categories of Airport Operations and Maintenance,
Runway Safety/Runway Incursions, Airport Environmental Interactions and
Airport Management and Planning embrace many engineering, science,
information technology, psychology and management disciplines. The
Competition is again open to individual and student teams at U.S. colleges
and universities (both undergraduate and graduate) working under the
mentorship of a faculty advisor. Winners can earn cash awards and first
place winners have the opportunity and travel funds to present their design
at a national aviation event summer 2011. A notice of
intent is strongly encouraged.

We hope you will participate in the Competition and make colleagues and students
aware of this as well. An electronic flyer is attached for your convenience in sharing
with your membership.

Please feel free to contact me or Debbie Ross ( if you have
any questions.

NASA Academy 2011 Application

The 2011 NASA Academy Application is now open!

The Academies are intensive educational programs emphasizing group
activities, teamwork, research, and creativity. The curriculum balances
direct contact with science and engineering R&D with an awareness of the
managerial, political, financial, social and human issues faced by aerospace
professionals. Included are seminars, informal discussions, evening
lectures, supervised research, visits to other NASA Centers and facilities,
group project/s, tours, posters/presentations, and assessment. Additionally,
most weekends are filled with group activities, team building and off-site
trips. One free weekend is scheduled.

The Academy is not a 9-5 summer research internship program. It is a
rigorous, immersive experience that will challenge you. The academy is a
space-themed program of high learning about NASA, its projects and
collaborations with aerospace industry and academia, with very little down
time, but a busy, exciting summer that you will not forget.

The Academies have separate focus areas of leadership (NASA Academy),
robotics, space and planetary science, and propulsion.

The deadline is January 18, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

You may access it at

This application serves the following programs:

- The NASA Academy at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA)
- The NASA Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
- The NASA Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, AL)
- The NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH)
- The NASA Aeronautics Academy at Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
- The NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight
(Greenbelt, MD)
- The NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center
(Huntsville, AL)
- The NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville,

For information about other NASA opportunities, including the traditional
NASA Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, please visit

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email
Johnny Erickson at