Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technical Associate I in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Technical Associate I

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

TECHNICAL ASSOCIATE I, Chemical Engineering, to work as part of a product development project developing a reconfigurable chemical synthesizer for the manufacturing of target molecules. The system will be designed, developed, and engineered over a three-month period closely following a product design framework to improve upon previously developed systems. The system is being developed with a cross-disciplinary team focused on overcoming limitations of chemical synthesis through the design of novel reactor modules. The synthesizers operate on the small and medium scale (1 MT/yr) and components are being built in the context of the demonstration of robotics, novel unit operations, and green chemistry within a simple-to-use chemical synthesizer. Responsibilities include designing and testing new parts and components; identifying key design parameters and parts specifications; 3D modeling (with SolidWorks) of parts to be built (production is typically outsourced); the assembly and testing of parts, components, subassemblies, and assemblies; using working knowledge of electronics for designing integrated systems; documenting design work and results; and other duties as needed.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor’s in mechanical engineering or closely related field; at least two years’ relevant research experience; general knowledge of mechanical design and fabrication methods; working knowledge of SolidWorks; machine shop experience; comfort with hands-on shop work to fix or modify parts; ability to work independently in identifying, troubleshooting, and overcoming problems; critical thinking and problem-solving skills; English speaking and writing fluency and ability to prepare written reports and presentations; effective communication skills for working with a team engineers and scientists, including the ability to listen, analyze, and judge different opinions and make decisions objectively; and the ability to influence. Job #162837/13/18

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