Thursday, June 21, 2012

Controls Engineer Hummingbird Scientific

Hummingbird Scientific is looking for a highly motivated engineer to lead projects related to developing scientific instruments used in the transmission electron microscope, ion microscopes, and atomic force microscopes. We are looking for someone with a wide range of experience in design of control and/or mechatronic systems. Expertise in control software (specifically Labview) and electronics is key. Planning skills are also important for this job.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
- Design of control systems
- Control software (specifically Labview)
- Electronics design
- System assembly and testing
- Project scheduling

Principal background and skills needed:
- BS degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or closely related field
- Control software design experience
- Extensive LabView experience
- Electronic circuit design
- Practical hands on skills with all standard electronic instruments (power supplies, scopes, function generators etc.)
- Hands-on skills for wiring, soldering boards, packaging, assembly
- Experience using 3D CAD (e.g. SolidWorks)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Solid references

Desired background and skills:
- MS/Ph D in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or closely related field
- Design of mechatronic systems
- Project planning experience, particularly of multiple small projects

Compensation: Our pay rates and benefits are very competitive.
Job Location: Lacey, WA
Interested? Apply online with you resume and cover letter. Resumes missing cover letters will not be reviewed.

Company Description
Hummingbird Scientific is a commercially successful company and a significant asset to the scientific community. Over the last decade, the founders of Hummingbird Scientific have worked to build custom, leading-edge scientific equipment. In 2004 the group formed Hummingbird Scientific to develop advanced products for Transmission Electron Microscopes, Scanning Electron Microscopes, and Focused Ion Beam systems (TEM/SEM/FIB). Using several Phase I and II SBIR and STTR grants from DOE, NIH, NSF and DOD Hummingbird Scientific has grown from a three person start-up company to a profitable company employing twenty employees and currently offers twelve different electron microscopy experimental system products. Our core competencies are in precision manufacturing, mechatronics, and material science. Hummingbird is fully owned by people that work for the company, is financially solvent, has no debt, and is operating primarily on its commercial revenues/profits. Our customers include over 40 Universities, industrial companies and National Laboratories in the US. Our work has resulted in many scientific publications, work that would have been impossible without the tools we build.
Hummingbird's Scientific's strength is in helping customers translate their innovative ideas into user-friendly tools, thereby advancing their science. Working both alone and in collaboration with our customer base we have created a dozen new electron microscopy experimental platform designs, each of which have been developed into commercial products. Hummingbird has world-leading engineering and fabrication capabilities in-house. Hummingbird Scientific is a vertically integrated company that manufactures a large majority of the components of our products in our own production shop. Hummingbird has tools to do advanced 3-D mechanical design, vacuum component cleaning and testing, multi-layer circuit boards, and software development. Hummingbird Scientific's precision machining capabilities are the key to producing our advanced TEM specimen holders. Our equipment is highly specialized for micro component machining. We have one of the most capable and comprehensive micro-component capabilities in the United States.