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Job Opening: Research And Development Engineer

Job Summary

Under direction of the AQRC’s director, the Research & Development Engineer acts as a core member of the Air Quality Research Center (AQRC), providing technical expertise and leadership to the engineering team and managing research projects at the AQRC, interpret AQRC objectives and apply advanced engineering concepts to lead and perform research on complex air quality aspects, where analysis requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors, and problem-solving frequently includes analysis of unique problems without precedent. Manage projects including formulating strategies and leading teams to achieve project goals. Function with a high degree of autonomy, exercising independent judgement in selecting methods, techniques, and advanced technical disciplines related to air quality research: aerosol generation, aerosolized particulate matter characterization, aerosol sampler design, experimental design to validate testing methods and equipment, and development of prototype equipment. Develop custom instrumentation and construct prototypes as required to address unique challenges in air quality measurement. Provide technical expertise to specialists in air quality and related fields to support development of new tools and techniques. Develop proposals and produce briefings to funding agencies and participate in relevant conferences, technical events, and meetings. Represent the department at technical meetings and outreach to academic, government, industrial, and community partners. Lead the production of technical reports, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications documenting findings and developments. Use professional judgement to make decisions to guide project decisions and to address problems with no available precedent. Provide engineering information and advice to Principal Investigators, faculty, and other research personnel. Train team members on sampling strategies, experimental design, and prototyping techniques.

Apply by 12/5/2022.

Job Title

RSCH AND DEV ENGR 4 (Research And Development Engineer)

Job ID 45746

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More information on the job requirements listed below.


  • Position involves field work to conduct experiments, construct, maintain, and modify equipment at a variety of locations.
  • Lift supplies and equipment weighing up to 50lbs.
  • Work outdoor, sometimes remote field sites, industrial field sites.
  • Work occasional non-standard hours.
  • Periodic travel to field sites, including remote locations.


  • Work flexible schedule and occasional weekends, usually on short notice to meet operational needs.
  • Overnight travel may be required.
  • Field work may be required.
  • The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles. https://ucdavispolicy.ellucid.com/documents/view/271

Minimum Education/Experience:           

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience and education related to air quality and engineering fields.
  • Experience with methods of characterizing aerosol in laboratory and field settings. Experience in implementation of controls for parameters including implementing flow control, temperature, and humidity. Experience deploying, operating, and maintaining air quality test equipment and operating an air quality monitoring network.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Proficiency with advanced fabrication equipment including milling machines, lathes, and 3D printers for production of system components. Expertise in design, fabrication, validation, and deployment of instrumentation systems for aerosol characterization.
  • Electronics proficiency including use of microcontrollers and circuit design.
  • Technical knowledge to lead teams establishing controlled aerosol environments, aerosol exposure systems, and vivaria to meet specific project requirements. Expertise in preparing airway tissue and performing particle deposition and airway analysis. Knowledge of Labview, Matlab, R, Python, Solidworks.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills to interact with technical and non-technical individuals, to teach, train, manage, research, secure, and/or provide information to clarify situations, resolve problems and make public presentations.
  • Ability to use creativity and problem-solving skills to apply principles, practices, and procedures within discipline to complete difficult assignments.

Preferred Education/Experience:            

  • Experience with remotely operated sampling and monitoring systems.
  • Experience managing/implementing laboratory safety programs.
  • Experience in PCB design.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) :

  • Knowledge of ImageJ imaging software.

The UC Davis Air Quality Research Center mission is to facilitate research on the scientific, engineering, health, social and economic aspects of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants. Air pollution research and education at UC Davis focus on urban and regional smog, indoor air quality, global climate change, health and environmental effects, and intermedia transfers. Investigations span both gaseous and particulate forms of air pollution, and employ theoretical, numerical, experimental, and policy approaches. 


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