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Lab Technician

Date: November, 2013
Reports to (Job Title): Professor S. Keshav
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): N/A
Location: Main Campus
Grade: USG 6

Primary Purpose

The Research Technician provides assistance in Professor S. Keshav's research projects, primarily by coordinating the deployment and ongoing management of research equipment.

Key Accountabilities:

  1. Managing the deployment of research equipment, including, but not limited to the following:
    - deployment and management of SPOT thermal comfort system at offices in UW

    - deployment and management of sensors at various buildings in UW

    - deployment and management of electric bicycles in the Waterloo region

    - management of sensors deployed on solar panels at EV3
  2. Assistance in maintenance of computing systems in the ISS4E laboratory and machine room, including,   but not limited to the following:
    - routine system administration, including account creation and data backup

    - interfacing with CSCF as necessary

    - acquisition of additional computer systems hardware as needed
  3. Assistance in the development of digital hardware, including, but not limited to the following:
    - assistance in the development of Arduino-based control systems

    - assistance in the development of custom hardware solutions as needed

Position Requirements


Bachelor's degree or diploma in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field is required.


General experience in deployment and management of computing systems is required.


MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
General systems skills and familiarity with hardware design is required.

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Obtain, clarify, and discuss information relating to the assignments at hand with supervisorPresent and discuss information with students working in the lab


Collaborate, negotiate, and obtain action from research subjects, suppliers, and research partners

Level of Responsibility:

The job has defined specialized or routine tasks and receives specific guidance

Decision-Making Authority:

Makes decisions about the choice of best supplier for hardware and software meeting stated requirements.Independently resolves event-specific decisions arising from interaction with students and partners

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Minimal demands typical of technical position within a computer lab environment

Working Environment:

None anticipated

Working Hours: 
Regular working hours

Risks - physiological and psychological: 

Physical risks - No significant risks
Psychological risks - No significant risks