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Job Description RSCH AND DEV ENGR 1 Working Title Junior Development Engineer
Job Code 007118 Grade 20
Department Name CECERT Dept - D01007 Department Head Donald Collins
Supervisor Guoyuan Wu Effective Date 02/20/2024
Position(s) Directly Supervised
Job Code Title FTE

Generic Scope
Entry-level professional with limited prior experience; learns to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity; works on assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. Employees at this level are expected to acquire the skills and knowledge to perform more advanced work following an agreed upon time in position, through defined training and development planning.

Custom Scope
Uses professional engineering concepts. Develops and proposes engineering plans and specifications for equipment and instruments with limited scope and complexity. Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained.

Department Custom Scope
The Transportation Systems Research (TSR) group within the Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) is seeking a qualified Engineer to assist with electric vehicle and sensor systems related projects. The preferred candidate will possess hardware and software expertise relating to automotive research, including both propulsion and perception systems. The candidate should be familiar with data acquisition systems, digital communication protocols (in-vehicle such as CAN, OBDII, J1939, and vehicle-to-everything such as C-V2X), programming, and on-board vehicle electronics. This position requires the design, integration, configuration, testing, and validation (with data collection and analysis) of Advanced Vehicle Technology related research deployments. ***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 "Up to Date" 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 ten weeks after their first date of employment.***

Education & Experience Requirements

Education Requirements
Degree Requirement
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Required

Experience Requirements
Experience Requirement
0 - 1 years of related experience. Required

License Requirements
License Requirement
Valid Drivers License Required

Certification Requirements
Certification Requirement

Educational Condition Requirements
Condition Requirement

Key Responsibilities

Description % Time
Under direct supervision, participates in the construction, assembly, and laboratory and field testing of equipment and instruments.
  • Responsible for propulsion design, sensor integration, and configuration
Testing: Responsible for vehicle data collection and processing and Responsible for vehicle data archiving and analysis
Gathers and analyzes data. Develops formal engineering reports, drawings and status reports.
  • Communications installation, programming, and testing; Perform documentation
Under direct supervision, participates in engineering and mathematical analysis of experimental data or in the mathematical solution of physical and engineering problems.
  • Data logging and cleaning
Perform computer programming
Wiring and soldering
Perform other duties as required, including oversight of electronics lab supplies, tools, sensors, and equipment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge/Skill/Ability Requirement
Analytical and judgment skills to conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations. Required
Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the field. Required
Understanding of various engine and vehicle technologies, as well as an understanding of laboratory equipment/instruments and their appropriate operation and maintenance. Required
Effective written and verbal communication skills. Required
Ability to work in a collaborative manner. Required
Analytical skills, and strong skills in attention to detail. Required
Experience using Windows and Linux PCs with knowledge of MS Office Suite, MATLAB/Simulink. Required
Skill in computer programming. Required
Ability to document technical work clearly and concisely. Required
Ability to train student assistants in engineering laboratory techniques. Required
Basic knowledge of engineering principles and methods to perform entry-level professional engineering functions. Required
Skill and experience with developing, writing, editing and reviewing technical documents. Experience with reviewing technical proposals for compliance and policy requirements. Required
Skill in reading and understanding technical documents such as complex technical procedures, instructions, manuals, diagrams and schematic drawings. Required
Skill in forming general rules or conclusions by combining separate pieces of information to infer a logical explanation for why a series of seemingly unrelated events occur together. Required
Superior communication skills to effectively and professionally communicate using tact and diplomacy with internal and external campus community including international visitors. Required
Experience performing sensor integration and establishing data communication protocols. Preferred
Experience in on-board programming and debugging. Preferred
Experience in vehicle data logging and analysis. Preferred
Experience with vehicle based communication protocols and troubleshooting. Preferred

Special Requirements & Conditions
Special Condition Requirement
Must possess or obtain a Valid CA Driver License in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Required
Must pass a background check Required
Drive motorized vehicles Required

Other Special Requirements & Conditions

Level of Supervision Received
Close Supervision


Working Environment
Off-Campus Research Facility

Other Requirements

Items Used
  • general tools
  • motorized vehicles
  • chassis dynometer
  • lab equipment
  • Standard Office Equipment

Physical Requirements
  • Walk : Frequently
  • Sit : Frequently
  • Stand : Frequently
  • Squat : Frequently
  • Bend : Frequently
  • Crawl : Occasionally
  • Climb : Occasionally

Mental Requirements
  • Write : Frequently
  • Reason & Analyze : Frequently
  • Communicate Orally : Constantly
  • Perform Calculations : Frequently
  • Read/Comprehend : Constantly

Environmental Requirements
  • Fumes : Yes
  • Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity : No
  • Drives motorized equipment : Yes
  • Is around moving machinery : Yes
  • Works in confined quarters : Yes
  • Dust : Yes
  • Is exposed to excessive noise : Yes

Critical Position

Is Critical Position: Yes

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