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Junior Specialist - Millimeter Wave Plasma Diagnostics Group

Application Window

Open date: September 29th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Oct 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Davis invites applications from qualified candidates for a Junior Specialist position in the Millimeter Wave Plasma Diagnostics Group.

Job Summary:
A position is available in the Millimeter Wave Plasma Diagnostics Group, University of California Davis, led by Professor Neville Luhmann. The thrust of the UC Davis Microwave/Millimeter Wave and Plasma Diagnostic Group is the development of advanced millimeter-wave plasma diagnostic instruments and techniques on relevant magnetic fusion devices, and obtaining important physics results with these diagnostics. A further important mission is the training of the next generation of plasma physicists and engineers. In this regard, UCD is extremely fortunate to have available perhaps the most extensive microwave, millimeter-wave, and submillimeter-wave equipment collection available anywhere, and has been designated a Center of Excellence in high power microwave/millimeter-wave sources. Further capabilities are provided by extensive collaborations with fusion researchers and millimeter-wave technology researchers worldwide.

The position of Junior Specialist has a narrow focus in a specialized area and provides technical or specialized expertise (e.g., with instrumentation and research equipment, or with research methods) in the planning and execution of a research project. Junior Specialists are required to be actively and significantly involved in publishable research activities, including reviewing journal articles and engaging in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results. Junior Specialists are also expected to participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations as well as review research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications as applicable related to their research area of expertise.

Major Responsibilities:
Research (90%):
• Design and tape-out F-band receiver chips (with > 7 dB conversion gain over the 110 - 140 GHz working frequency range)
• Perform laboratory probe station tests of the F-band receiver chip performance including noise, conversion gain, and operating bandwidth.
• Develop an F-band receiver horn-waveguide module and perform detailed millimeter wave characterization.
• Assemble an array (20 units) and perform laboratory characterization of its radiometric imaging capability. Install on the DIII-D tokamak fusion device for assessment of high-field side plasma temperature fluctuation measurements.
• Assist the PI with preparation of grant proposals

Professional Competence and Activity (5%):
• In collaboration with PI and other lab personnel, support the writing and reviewing of manuscripts and presentation of data at conferences
• Participate in appropriate professional/technical societies or groups and other educational and research organizations.
• The candidate will have opportunities to present abstracts describing his/her work at international meetings and be first author on key publications of his/her work.

University/Public Service (5%):
• Help to organize meetings, workshops and public outreach events in Millimeter Wave Electronics.
• Participate in activities of committees within the department, college, campus and other University entities, as appropriate.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: [http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct] .

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available [http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify] .

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus [http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/] .
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the department.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    • The candidate should have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, engineering or related Disciplines with in-depth experience in millimeter wave IC circuit design and measurement.
    • Experience in microwave circuit design and measurements
    • Good communication skills

Preferred qualifications

    • Proven track record of millimeter wave system-on-chip integrated circuit design in either silicon CMOS of GaAs.
    • Experience with microwave simulation software (i.e., ADS, CST, HFSS).
    • Experience with participation and dissemination of scientific results in international conferences and workshops
    • Good understanding of microwave device physics and circuits

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04462

Help contact: lalombardo@ucdavis.edu

Campus Information

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.