University of British Columbia Scientific Engineer Part Time in Vancouver, BC

University of British Columbia

Branch Vancouver BC CA

Scientific Engineer
Vancouver, BC

Prepare engineering drawings of designs. Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Position reports to Professor Tim Salcudean, Department of…

This position is responsible for planning, facilitating and advising on the engineering aspects of research projects for the Robotics and Control Laboratory.

Organizational Status

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the largest department in the Faculty of Applied Science, is comprised of approximately 50 faculty, 25 staff, 350 graduate students and 800 undergraduate students.

The position reports directly to Professor Tim Salcudean.

Work Performed

a. Design an exciter for vibroelastography of the prostate gland, building on previous designs used in the lab, literature review, and proper engineering design principles.
b. Modify the existing design for the driver box for the rotational motors in the lab’s 3D ultrasound transducers, and assemble two new versions of this box
c. Improve the design for the existing Magnetic Resonance Elastography exciter driver box and assemble a second version of this box.
d. Assist with design modifications to existing lab hardware as required

e. Carry out all design work by:

  • developing computer models (using programs such as Altium, SolidWorks, Excel, and Matlab/Simulink)
  • making advanced engineering design decisions for part selection and design of prototypes
  • researching suitable suppliers and ordering the appropriate parts (i.e. electrical coils, electrical connectors, cables)
  • consulting with machine shop technicians on optimal mechanical design
  • providing design layouts to the machine shop technicians for custom parts (e.g., CNC milled components)
  • assembling the components safely and with regards to long-term reliable operation
  • testing the operation of the assembly with and addressing any issues with regards to component operation (both electrical and mechanical) and fitting

Adherence to this methodical design process will reduce waste and help to arrive at finished products in an effective fashion.
f. Test prototypes and partial assemblies in order to arrive at the correct design in an efficient manner. This will require using tools that include, but are not limited to, oscilloscopes, micrometers, power supplies, various electrical connectors, computer I/O devices, signal generators, and motor drivers.
g. Prepare written reports summarizing the design of components
h. Prepare engineering drawings of designs
i. Consult with Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering regarding testing and approval of the exciter for prostate elastography
j. Consult with the Medical Device Reprocessing Department at Vancouver General Hospital to prepare a cleaning and sterilization procedure for the exciter for prostate elastography
k. Conduct cleaning and sterilization validation testing for the exciter for prostate elastography

Supervision Received

Works independently within task objectives; position reports to Professor Tim Salcudean, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Informed technical guidance is available. Assignments are given in terms of project requirements and research objectives. Oversees safety training and equipment operation supervision.

Supervision Given

May give guidance and direction to short-term contributors including graduate students, undergraduate students, and technical staff in carrying out experiments or technical work.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Professional judgment is required when designing, testing, and operating and advising on tissue excitation systems for vibroelastography. The impact of incorrect decisions regarding engineering design, installation, and or operation includes project delay and cost overrun.


Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Applied Science. Minimum of one year experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to analyze and interpret data, determine implications, and provide recommendations Ability to analyze problems, identify key information and issues, and effectively resolve. Ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate research and technical reports and proposals. Experience with 3D modelling.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CA
Posted on: 2015-07-10
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