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Date Posted: 6/25/16

University of California, Santa Cruz 

Principal Electronics Technician

UC Observatories

JOB #: 1606456

Starting Salary Range: $30.21 - $32.45/hourly. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus. UCO operates on behalf of the astronomers across the UC system and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, and telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. UCO provides a scientific and administrative interface to the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and the Thirty Meter Telescope international project, and supports the training of astronomy PhD's throughout the UC system.

Under the direction of the Technical Facilities Manager, the incumbent will perform basic conceptual and detailed electronic designs for instruments in support of astronomical research at UCO. The incumbent will assemble electronic circuits and assemblies, cables and printed circuits. The incumbent will trouble shoot and repair electronics and electrical equipment including installation and testing. The incumbent will advise Principal Investigators, Research Specialists, engineers, technicians and mechanicians on matters involving electrical and electronic instruments and equipment.

This job is located in Santa Cruz, CA.

Qualifications include:

• An understanding of electronics obtained through a college degree program or equivalent experience.

• Strong experience in electronics fabrication.

• Strong experience in trouble shooting and repairing electronics.

• Experience in design of simple circuits and circuit board layout.

• Experience using and programming PLC's.

Position is open until filled; Initial Review Date: 07-05-2016

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit they must be submitted electronically via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site ( ) on or before the initial review date. Computers are available at the UCSC Staff Human Resources office located at 1201 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz. For further information or to request disability accommodation call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service 800-735-2922. The University of California, Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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