A Daily Struggle in the Kitchen
In most of the world, cooking is a dirty and time-consuming job that involves feeding some piece of fuel-- like wood, charcoal, or coal-- into a fire. Globally, some 500 million households depend on burning solid fuel to meet their cooking, heating, lighting, and other household energy needs. The resulting smoke fills homes and villages making women and children sick and contributing to global climate change.
Who We Are
Berkeley Air is a social venture based in California, USA dedicated to protecting global health and climate. We are a leading monitoring and evaluation partner for energy, health, and development organizations working in developing countries. Read more about our mission and history.
How We Help
Independent third-party program evaluation is increasingly viewed as best practice by many grant makers and investors. Berkeley Air provides rigorous, scientifically-based measurement of indicators related to solid fuel and biomass energy, helping our clients identify and replicate successful projects. We also offer baseline and periodic monitoring for carbon finance projects, which can increase the value of the resulting carbon credits.
We're Working Towards Solutions, Worldwide
Recognizing our clients’ varied needs and budgets, we provide flexible, tailored arrangements including strategic partnerships, consortium activities, independent contracts, trainings, and/or consultations.
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Berkeley Air Monitoring Group Inc. is a social venture working to improve the health and livelihoods of families in developing countries through scientific monitoring and evaluation services. A growing environmental health startup founded in 2007 and incubated at the University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Air provides in-field evaluations of programs that promote clean cooking, heating, and lighting solutions. Our clients include charities, governments, and companies, such as the US EPA, USAID, World Bank, Shell Foundation, and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. We also develop and commercialize sensing technologies for monitoring household energy projects.
As a pragmatic, scientific start-up company, we have close ties to academia, but also operate in the real world in real time. We bring deep technical understanding to the forefront of international development, and we apply robust science in service of progress – to affect the lives of millions in developing countries. If you are innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative, yet committed to making a high-quality impact, we’d love to hear from you.
The Electronics Technician will be responsible for conducting research and development activities on environmental sensor-based technologies, primarily focused on those used for air quality and stove temperature. This is a part-time, non-exempt position. It is anticipated that the Electronics Technician will have some amount of graduate student level experience, although a degree is neither expected nor required. Hours will vary with workload fluctuation but are generally expected to be between 4 to 16 hours per week and up to a ceiling of 20 hours per week. The role is supervised by the Berkeley Air senior scientist. Additionally, the Electronics Technician will be expected to spend 4-8 hours per week at Electronically Monitored Ecosystems, working with their lead electrical engineer, who will serve as a mentor.
The Role and Responsibilities
Primary duties are listed below. The execution of these duties is guided by the Berkeley Air employee handbook. The Electronics Technician is not expected to take on all responsibilities at the same time, and tasks will be prioritized and scheduled in collaboration with the supervisor.
- Conduct research via the internet and other outlets on environmental sensors to evaluate their potential for incorporation into Berkeley Air instrumentation.
- Perform basic diagnostic testing of sensors.
- Assist in the assembly and testing of prototype hardware.
- Assist in development of instrumentation firmware.
- Assist in evaluating the performance of prototype hardware and firmware.
- Assist in reporting on the performance and progress of instrumentation prototype development.
Desired Skills & Experience
- Experienced in programming languages for use on microcontrollers.
- Experience and knowledge in hardware architecture creation.
- Experience working with environmental sensors.
- Component testing experience.
- Strong at problem solving and taking initiative.
- Ability to work within a team framework.
- Strong written and oral communications.
This is an hourly position (approximately 4-16 hours per week). Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Date Posted: November 25th, 2013
Start Date: ASAP
How to Apply
(No phone calls, please)