Columbia University in the City of New York

R&D Electro-Mechanical Engineer

The R&D Electro-Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing and providing technical support to advance research at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute.


Columbia's Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute supports interdisciplinary neuroscience research and discovery by scholars across the university and strives to be a leader of the brain science institutes. We bring together engineers, computational Neuroscientists, experimental researchers, phycologists and scholars from across the University to transform how we think about our brains, our minds and ourselves.

Reporting to the Director of Advanced Instrumentation Platform, the R&D Electro-Mechanical Engineer will be responsible for designing, developing, implementing and providing technical support to advance research at Columbia's Zuckerman Institute. 

The Engineer will work closely and collaboratively with senior engineers and researchers within the Zuckerman Institute. The position requires independent thinking, creativity and desire to develop novel technical devices and tools. 


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Designs, develops, assembles, integrates, tests, and optimizes simple to complex systems for neurobiological research;

Develop robust systems that can be distributed and replicated at multiple sites;

Creates detailed documentation;

Assists with interpretation of project requirements from Zuckerman Institute research groups on short and long-term projects. Translates the requirements into mechanical, electrical or electromechanical concepts, designs and plans;

Executes designs in a CAD environment and perform design analysis, as needed;

Coordinates activities within tasks and projects ensuring all objectives are met according to performance, cost and delivery estimates; tracks costs of labor and materials, reports these to a work order management system;

Works collaboratively with external departments and other university affiliates;

Provides support to other instrument development projects, as needed. Must be flexible and a quick learner as the role will be provided verbal instructions and required to document solutions;

Suggests new, additional or complementary equipment and machinery for use by the team;

Required to possess a high level of attention to detail while emphasizing excellence and innovation;

Analyzes scientific equipment to diagnoses trouble or malfunctions and makes necessary adjustments to minimize service interruptions and equipment downtime;

Uses secondary operations equipment such as electric and manual hand tools, drill press, etc.;

Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Must possess a Bachelor's degree in engineering / Electronics / Physics / Neuroscience / Bioengineering / Biomedical Engineering or the equivalent work related experience, including at least five (5) years of experience in the field.


Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrable experience in instrumentation development for neurobiological research is highly desired. Manufacturing parts to specifications is highly desired. Prior experience with electronics is highly desired.


Other Requirements

The successful candidate must be flexible in nature, have a sound judgment with a collaborative style that fosters teamwork and cooperation beyond the immediate team to the broader organization. Must have a passion for science, excellent communication and customer service skills, high level of attention to detail and a commitment to exceptional quality in work.


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