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A research technician position is available in the lab of Prof. Chong Xie at Rice University (Houston TX). Our lab is focused on the development of ultra-flexible polymer neural probes for electrophysiological recording of brain activity in small animals. We strive to create an electrode for stable chronic recordings lasting multiple months with the goal of translation of this technology for clinical use in humans.
As a research technician you will be playing a key role on neural probe assembly and assist in small batch manufacturing using various micromachining tools. Ideally, you will already have familiarity with a microscope and small hand tools. Prior experience with PCB assembly and prototyping tools like 3D printer, CNC mill, laser cutter, etc is a plus. We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is willing to learn and thrives in multifaceted projects.
PCB assembly (SMT and connector soldering)
Probe assembly and small hand tool operation
Conducting quality testing and maintaining track record of the results
Micromanufacturing tool operation (laser cutters, 3D printer, etc)
Assists in the laboratory setup and day-to-day technical operations including promoting safety, maintaining equipment
Prepares procurement requests and orders materials and supplies, manages sample and stock database, sets up and manages experiments, and maintains research results for publications
Performs all other duties as assigned
HS Diploma and 3 years of lab or related experience
In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
Experience with PCB assembly like SMT soldering, reflow oven operation, QA testing equipment
Demonstrated ability to work with small hand tools under microscope
Good organization skills and strong attention to detail
Ability to listen and communicate effectively (verbal, written)
Ability to work independently and in team environments
Ability to conduct basic evaluation and analysis of data
Bachelor's degree in a related field of study
Experience with PCB design and procurement
Experience of operating CNC tools and knowledge of g-code programming language
Prior experience with medical device assembly or quality testing
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