The Rockefeller University seeks a Mechatronics Engineer to join Integrative Brain Function. The Mechatronics Engineer will be a jack-of-all-trades, developing and supporting custom software/hardware systems for behavioral and neurophysiological experiments in fruit flies. The position will entail extensive software development- primarily in Python, C++, and Matlab on Linux and Windows platforms- working with soft and hard real-time systems. Responsibilities include maintaining and extending upon a virtual-reality system that combines real-time video-image analysis of insect behavior, presentation of 3D virtual reality stimuli with LED displays or projectors and physiological data-acquisition of neuronal activity, developing a flexible, real-time software platform, likely using Robot Operating System (ROS), to facilitate the behavioral and neurophysiological experiments, developing efficient machine vision algorithms to extract insect behaviors in real time and offline, extending upon existing image-registration routines to align neural imaging data from experiments across multiple insects, and performing complete project cycles, from design to fabrication, with support from a small engineering core in the university's fabrication and machining facility. Depending on expertise and interest, other projects may involve design and manufacturing tiny plastic platforms for restraining insects (micro-machined with CNC mills), optical systems for biological imaging applications, and manufacturing simple electronic devices for measuring insect behavior (utilizing Atmel microcontrollers and custom-designed printed circuit boards).
Bachelor's degree in engineering, math or physics required; interest in neuroscience necessary. Must be interested in working with and training biologists on engineering approaches. A comfort with, and basic understanding of, mechanical and electronic-circuit design, alongside fabrication methods (milling, lathing, etc.) is expected. Specific experience, aside from facility in programming across multiple languages, is less important than a comfort working independently and an interest in acquiring new information for the sake of accomplishing complete project cycles. Willingness and ability to rapidly assimilate new fields of knowledge, from machine vision algorithms to electronic circuit design, for the purpose of building functional electro-mechanical devices or completing medium-sized coding projects, necessary. Must be comfortable writing code in multiple languages including Python, C++ and Matlab, as well as designing and building small mechanical and electronic devices. Must also be detail-oriented, accurate, and precise.
We offer an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement and a competitive salary. The Rockefeller University is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, on a 15-acre campus, along the East River (www.rockefeller.edu/views.php).
The Rockefeller University is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans.
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