Laboratory Technician

Laboratory Technician

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (RMD), founded in 1974, has been recognized as a national leader in the specialized fields of radiation detector materials, nuclear instrumentation, and custom detector applications. RMD has a unique corporate culture that incorporates a combination of intellectual excellence, challenging cutting-edge research, as well as diversity, stability and flexibility that combine to create an outstanding working environment. The organization is built around the principle that when the best people in the field are encouraged to merge their entrepreneurial spirit with their knowledge and curiosity, the best work product will emerge. Ultimately, through the pursuit of individual success and achievement, the organization will benefit. To learn more, please check us out at www.RMDinc.com.

RMD seeks a laboratory technician to support research and development of advanced materials growth by thin film deposition and crystal growth techniques.  Working with other senior engineers and scientists this person will carry out laboratory work that will involve operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting equipment such as ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems, gas manifolds, gas cabinets, vacuum pumps, crystal cutting wire saws, glove box and high temperature furnaces. The person should also be willing to handle chemicals and clean parts and deposition systems, work with other vendors and clients over phone and email. This job also includes the responsibility of keeping the labs operational, clean and safe.

Successful candidates will be self-motivated, creative, detail-oriented, capable of juggling multiple lab tasks to completion, a team player, an excellent communicator,  has the desire to “figure things out”, the ability to work independently, is eager to learn and enthusiastic

Essential Functions

  1. Troubleshoots and repairs mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical/electronic equipment, including programmable controls, numeral controls, power supplies, drives, gauges and test equipment.
  2. Candidates will need to be able to operate a flame torch for sealing quartz ampoules underneath a vacuum.
  3. Plans and performs work requiring a thorough knowledge of electrical/electronic and mechanical theories and principles, writing specifications, local and national electrical codes, properties of various materials, and principles of operation and application of electronic equipment.
  4. Installs, starts up and shuts down equipment in accordance with company safety procedures for machine activation and shutdown and in line with OSHA requirements.
  5. Advises operators and line mechanics of operation procedures and requirements for working safely with electrical/electronic and mechanical equipment and components.
  6. Informs appropriate management and line mechanics of potential electrical/mechanical problems and inherent dangers involved.
  7. Maintains company-required performance and maintenance records for identified equipment.
  8. Performs preventive maintenance functions as directed.
  9. Assists maintenance personnel with technical troubleshooting.
  10. Assists and trains other maintenance and other technical-level employees.
  11. This job also includes the responsibility of keeping the labs operational, clean and safe.
  12. Obtaining quotes for parts, preparing purchase orders and submitting receipts for parts.
  13. Cleaning of vacuum deposition systems, and the parts therein.
  14. Maintenance of vacuum pumps (roughing pumps, and cryo pumps).

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to a variety of extreme conditions onsite. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and climbing all day. The employee must frequently lift and move items over 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00p.m., 40 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1-3 years experience in operating and servicing Electro-Mechanical Vacuum equipment
  • Shall be proficient in the use of common hand tools and possess skills in electrical wiring, soldering, and use of electrical test instruments (multi-meter minimum req.) machine shop practices – drilling, cutting, grinding and shaping of sheet metal and thread tap & die.
  • Trained and experienced in work shop safety and safety programs.
  • Experienced in handling hazardous chemicals and knowledge of hazardous waste procedures

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

RMD is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

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