Vacancy Announcement: Engineering Research Assistant for Lighting Laboratory

The Schatz Energy Research Center has a temporary opening for an engineering Research Assistant to work in our Lighting Laboratory. A six-month commitment is required (from mid-January to mid-July 2014). Reappointment is contingent on funding, workload requirements, and performance.

The Lighting Laboratory’s research is related to the technical, environmental, social, and economic factors associated with the introduction of modern off-grid lighting products in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the wider developing world. Most off-grid lighting products are charged using solar power and utilize light emitting diode (LED) technology. The Schatz Energy Research Center is the technical lead for a quality assurance program for off-grid lighting systems associated with the Lighting Global initiative.

Hourly Wage
The hourly wage is $16.59 per hour, but may be adjusted based on skills and experience. The position will involve 30 to 40 hours of work per week with benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities
This is a technical position with a focus on hands-on testing.
The Engineering Research Assistant will:

  • help administer performance tests for solar powered off-grid lighting products.
  • analyze data and write reports associated with the laboratory’s activities.
  • perform other laboratory tasks, as necessary.

At a minimum, applicants should:

  • have an engineering background.
  • be PC literate and able to skillfully use Word and Excel.

Other desired qualifications include:

  • have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent.
  • experience with electronics design, fabrication, and/or testing.
  • experimental laboratory experience (laboratory measurements using electronic instrumentation, data analysis, record keeping, calibration, etc.).
  • experience with solar energy, rechargeable batteries, and/or efficient lighting systems
  • experience with and knowledge of social issues in the developing world, particularly in Africa and Asia.

Application Procedure
Submit a letter of application, a one-page résumé, and an unofficial transcript of academic coursework to:
Schatz Energy Research Center
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521.

These items may also be faxed to 707-826-4347 or sent via email to

Application Deadline
All application materials must be received by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 18, 2013.