SDSU Research Foundation

Experimental Design (72-7001)

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This Statement of Work covers the need for analytical and technical support services from undergraduate students majoring in engineering or the sciences at educational institutions in support of experimental design, scientific research and development at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific (SSC PAC). The purpose of this task is to convert data analysis into meaningful communication tools and design experiments to demonstrate the data.




Experimental design and engineering is needed to refine science, technology, engineering and mathematics experiments and present them as a tool used for communicating scientific findings.



Technical Requirements: 

  • Preparing, developing, executing lab experiments and/or demonstrations that necessitate inquiry based learning
  • Reviewing, analyzing and documenting specific operational procedures for executing experiments
  • Assembling scientific apparatus – e.g. vacuum chambers, oscillators, various resonance apparatus, Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, building robots, etc.
  • Performing literature searches and reviews; compiling and cataloging background material; and/or preparing summaries and bibliographies
  • Research studies involving inclusion of standards and math content within activities and demonstrations
  • Performing data conversion and coding, and/or data analysis and data reduction; visualizing data analysis into meaningful communication tools
  • Collecting, developing, and analyzing performance data (in regards to lab experiments)
  • Updating scientific experimental data; reporting experimental descriptions and outcomes so others could repeat, and training others to perform similar activities
  • Attending and contributing to weekly meetings



Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate Level 1
    • Computer Science, Engineering or Science major (freshman or sophomore)

Additional Qualifications Desired:

  • Some experience with physics equipment such as: vacuum chambers, various resonance apparatus
  • Understanding of basic physics concepts (vibration, mechanics, light) plus some experience independently putting demonstration/lab material together
  • Some experience programming Arduinos and/or Raspberry Pis
  • Some experience using lab programs such as MATLAB
  • Some experience presenting STEM experiments in classroom settings


This is a student position and is limited to working 20 hours per week

This position will remain open until filled
San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer


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