Research Specialist – Inertial MEMS R&D

Closing Date: 
January 31, 2014

The MicroSystems Lab ("Shkel group") at the University of California, Irvine is seeking Research Specialists for advanced dynamic and inertial MEMS. The successful candidate will contribute to high profile federal government research programs developing revolutionary micro-sensors and systems based on innovative device architectures, materials, fabrication, and controls using state-of-the-art facilities in an intellectually ambitious and stimulating entrepreneurial environment with ability to publish work.

Specific responsibilities will include:

Thrust 1 - MEMS: conceptual and physical layout design of MEMS, modeling, development of fabrication and vacuum packaging processes using cleanroom facilities.

Thrust 2 - Electronics: design, layout, modeling of discreet analog and digital circuits for capacitive MEMS, integration of MEMS and electronics, DSP/FPGA programming.

Thrust 3 - Systems: complete inertial system development and testing based on the proprietary in-house developed inertial MEMS sensors. Control algorithms and navigation.


Additional responsibilities may include design and implementation of computer controlled characterization experiments, data analysis, collaboration with other researchers, preparing publications and delivering presentations for top journals and conferences, reporting to the funding agencies, and project task management.

The successful candidate is expected to have a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering (Ph.D. preferred but not required) and demonstrated experience in one of the technical thrust are-as outlined above. The candidate should have excellent communication and time management skills, ability to learn quickly and enthusiastically, and strong work ethnics. Experience in re-search, MEMS design, cleanroom operations, electronics, and experimental work is desired. Experience in resonators, inertial MEMS, and inertial technology is a very strong plus.

The job is located in the safe and beautiful Irvine just 7 miles from the beach and comes with all standard UC benefits. Position is dependent on extramural funding and research contracts of the Principal Investigator. The position will remain open until closed. An immediate start date is available within 2 weeks of the hiring decision. Renewal of the appointment / promotion will be offered after the first year to well performing candidates contingent upon the availability of adequate funding. Applicants should email a resume and names and contact information of 3 references to the PI's contact below. Please indicate "Specialist Appointment - Inertial MEMS R&D" in the email subject. The applicants are encouraged to visit

Andrei Shkel,

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of California, Irvine

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