Senior Instrument Technician - Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory College
ECAS: Physics
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Facility Support & Building Maintenance
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


The Department of Physics at Emory specializes in several emerging cutting-edge research areas such as biophysics, nanoscience, soft matter physics, statistics of nonequilibrium and living systems, and network theory. 


We are seeking an Instrument Technician/Precision Machine Technician to support research labs in the Department of Physics. The position requires working knowledge of machine tool operations i.e. milling machines, lathes, grinders, drill presses and saws. May also be required to repair the aforementioned machinery.



  • Designs, fabricates, installs, maintains and repairs research equipment.
  • Sets up fixtures and identifies proper tools, tool lengths, spindle speeds and feed rates.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of operating, repair and maintenance requirements for research equipment and instruments.
  • Reads and interprets blueprints, sketches and schematic drawings.
  • May assist faculty or staff with drawings or sketches for scientific publications.
  • Prepares machinist drawings to assist in the construction of equipment.
  • May use computer aided design (CAD) software to assist in design work.
  • May write programs to operate computer numerical control machinery to produce difficult geometric shapes, close tolerance dimensions or small production operations.
  • May perform welding operations using MIG, TIG, or stick.
  • Diagnoses and resolves equipment and instrument problems and calibrates equipment.
  • Inspects newly purchased, leased or loaned equipment and instruments.
  • Purchases parts and supplies to maintain inventory.
  • Abides by applicable federal and state regulations when working with hazardous chemicals, materials and equipment and uses personal protective equipment as required.
  • May give work assignments to support staff and act as a resource to staff.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • An associate's degree in machine tool technology or a related field, and two years of experience in the operation, repair and maintenance of machinery, electronics, research equipment or instrumentation. 


  • Precision Machining
  • Machine Tool Technology

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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