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University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 11/05/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) maintains an internationally recognized research program with six research areas, numerous academic programs, and multiple research and testing laboratories spread across five different buildings. Civil and Environmental Engineering continues to be recognized as one of the world's premier programs in our field, with both undergraduate and graduate programs of the department ranking in the top 20 in polls such as US News & World Report, National Research Council, and Gorman Report. The department serves over 800 students annually, and grants bachelors, masters, and PhD degrees. As of October 2021, the department has approximately 46 faculty, 16 postdoctoral scholars, and 50 staff.

Diversity is a core value of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has an outstanding opportunity for a Scientific Instructional Technician 2 to support the construction materials, geotechnical, and x-ray computed tomography labs.


Duties and responsibilities are split between supporting the construction and materials laboratory and the x-ray computed tomography laboratory as described below. On occasion the technician may be asked to temporarily take on additional duties and responsibilities, with the understanding that these additional duties will reduce time spent on laboratory support.

Construction Materials and Geotechnical Lab Support
• Instruction Support
• Provide lab instruction support for the construction materials and soil instruction labs in the department, including the setup and preparation of lab exercises, training of teaching assistants (TAs), clean-up of lab/teaching materials and ordering materials for student use. At this time, the technician will support instruction for CEE 337, CEE 367, CESG 562 and CM 323; new materials and geotechnical lab-oriented courses may be supported in the future.
• Equipment and Tool Maintenance
• Working independently, determine equipment needs for the construction materials and geotechnical labs. Order equipment for teaching and research purposes; example equipment includes concrete mixers, pressure air meters, Tinius Olsen universal machine, consolidometers, triaxial cells and accessories, concrete vibrators, sample molds and drying ovens. As needed, design and fabricate teaching equipment and tools. Mange the laboratory equipment maintenance program for the construction materials and geotechnical labs. Assist department with equipment inventory process, surplus and disposal, and light handiwork.
• Research Support
• Independently set up equipment and instruments for research testing. Advise and assist faculty on equipment operation. Calibrate research instruments such as load cells, pressure gauges and transducers. Assist in developing test specimens; perform intricate, multi-step research tests and calibrations using complex instruments.
• Safety
• Along with the department administrator, manage safety procedures for the CEE Department with specific emphasis on the construction materials and geotechnical labs. Develop and conduct department and building specific safety training including the handling of chemicals, waste disposal, placement of materials and supplies. Coordinate regular and recurring inspections and drills.

X-ray Computed Tomography Lab Support
• CEE offers training, expertise, and access to an industrial CT & X-ray scanner.
• This position is responsible for supporting both internal and external clients, advising on the use, capabilities, and limitations of the NSI X5000 CT scanner. The instructional technician trains users to become independent on the instrument and provide consultations to existing users for improving scan parameters to reduce required time and costs, and to improve quality of resulting models. The instructional technician acts as the local authority on scanning, reconstruction, post-processing, and metrology of specimens. This position is also accountable for satisfying IT needs, general purchasing, system maintenance, upgrades, software, documentation, and safety.
• To better enable the instructional technician to support use of the NSI X5000 CT scanner by internal and external clients, the CEE Department will fund a one-week training course for technician. This training course is provided by North Star Imaging on-site at their training facility located in Minneapolis, MN.  


• A Bachelor's Degree with major study in a basic applied science AND two years of full-time experience as a Scientific Instructional Technician or equivalent OR equivalent education/experience.
• Desired qualifications: Certified technician in the area of concrete; trained on the INSTRON Universal Machine and steel tensile testing, concrete mixers, air meter, Atterberg limits, moisture-density curves and consolidometers.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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