Flight Research Technician - 22463BR

Flight Research Technician

Department: 
Aerospace Engineering
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas, Parsons
Work Location Assignment: 
On-Site
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas is seeking applications for a Flight Research Laboratory (FRL) research technician with broad skills related to education and flight research of manned and unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The successful candidate will have a detailed knowledge of U.S. airspace regulations, skills to fabricate UAS parts and integrate propulsion and electrical systems, the ability to support UAS operations (including teaching and mentoring students), and knowledge of working with UAS ground stations and software. The employee will also be responsible for maintaining and ensuring safety in departmental labs (e.g., Propulsion and Avionics Lab) and testbeds.

The technician will play a role in the department inventory and space control and supervise some Aerospace Engineering student helpers as appropriate.

This position also requires travel to remote locations both in the U.S. and overseas no more than twice in a 12-month period, with sites including polar regions (e.g., Greenland and Antarctica) for which medical clearance from the granting agency (e.g., NSF, NASA) is required.

Restrictions: Due to U.S. export control regulations, only candidates with United States Citizenship can be considered.

Job Description

  • 30% Support all flight education and research activities
    • System readiness
      • Perform systems inspections, including software, wiring, propulsion, avionics and flight mechanics systems
      • Develop ground test documents, conduct ground test experiments and collect/document relevant information
      • Assist students and faculty advisors in the design, manufacture and operation of experiments, devices, and prototypes
      • Assist with program and task management, particularly when supported to oversee meeting deliverables in externally funded research
    • Flight operation
      • Develop flight test documents, supporting research and educational goals
      • Coordinate with flight test team, pilots, FAA, FCC, other agencies and test sites
      • Maintain applications of FAA Certification Of Authorization, FAA Part 107 Certification Of Waiver, and all related reporting
      • Coordinate logistics of flight tests
      • Prepare flight test team for operation including spare parts lists, hardware and software required for flight tests, and ensuring flight test team tasks are appropriately delegated and overseen for progress to task
    • Flight test operation
      • Actively engage in achieving research and educational flight test goals and enforce safety requirements/standards
  • 30% Assist in systems integration, design, manufacture and development of UAS’s
    • Install, program and test servos and actuators
    • Install and test avionics (e.g. IMU, autopilot, GPS, pitot tube, etc.), and propulsion systems
    • Assemble and fabricate aircraft parts (e.g. wings, fuselage, etc.)
    • Fabricate, assemble, install and test wiring harnesses
    • Paint and finish equipment
    • Design electronic circuits, test systems and program avionics systems
    • Assist with program and task management, particularly when supported to oversee meeting deliverables in externally funded research
  • 20% Direct student support
    • Prepare and deliver instruction to students on technical materials
    • Provide active mentoring in experiential learning
    • Support students in their research and education
    • Develop and monitor compliance for flight, equipment, security and safety training
    • Assist in instruction, lectures and laboratories of AE classes, including but not limited to developing and performing demonstrations, developing multimedia and technology resources for classes, collecting data, and leading hands-on labs
  • 20% Develop and maintain labs, including but not limited to propulsion lab, avionics lab, and all related hangar facilities
    • Manage equipment, including organizing, maintaining, and troubleshooting current equipment and requisitioning new equipment and supplies as needed.
    • Maintain instruments and equipment, including equipment in the propulsion lab, avionics lab, and machine shop
    • Coordinate with IT professionals to maintain FRL computers and networks
    • Supervise, train, schedule, and evaluate one or several aerospace engineering students.
    • Develop systems for lab usage as needed

Position Requirements

  1. This position requires travel to remote locations both in the US and overseas no more than twice in a 12-month period, with sites including polar regions (e.g. Greenland and Antarctica) for which medical clearance from the granting agency (eg NSF, NASA) is required.
  2. Due to U.S. export control regulations, only candidates with United States Citizenship can be considered.

Required Qualifications

  1. High school/GED and 5 years related experience OR Associate’s degree with 3 years related experience OR Bachelor’s degree with 1 year of related experience
  2. Current FAA remote pilot certificate with a UAS rating, or commitment to complete certificate within first 90 days of employment
  3. Strong written communication skills as demonstrated in application materials, work history, and/or educational pursuits

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Three years of UAS piloting, flight operations and flight test support experience
  2. One or more years of experience in the following:
    • Manned flight operations and flight test support
    • Reciprocating propeller operations and testing
    • Structures and materials typical to small UASs
    • Wiring harnesses and connectors
    • Ardupilot (Pixhawk), Paparazzi Autopilot, QGroundControl, or similar
    • Teaching or mentoring
  3. Experience with applications of FAA Certification of Authorization, FAA Part 107 Certification of Waiver
  4. Previous project management experience, leadership training, or site lead experience is highly desired
  5. Manned aircraft piloting license
  6. Knowledge of or experience with sensor selection and integration, and data collection/conditioning in lab settings
  7. Knowledge of or experience with aerospace avionics and communications systems
  8. Programming experience in MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++, Python, Linux/Ubuntu, SSH, Robotic Operating System (ROS), or similar

Additional Candidate Instructions

Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes an online application form, resume, cover letter, names, and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications begins June 27th and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Amy Borton – aborton@ku.edu – 785-864-2960

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

40 hours/ week

Application Review Begins

27-Jun-2022

Anticipated Start Date

25-Jul-2022

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
22463BR
Department:
Aerospace Engineering
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas, Parsons
Work Location Assignment:
On-Site
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Application Review Begins:
27-Jun-2022