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Research Engineer/Scientist I - Computational Scientist

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Department: Michigan Tech Rsrch Institute(MTRI)
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

Department: Vice Pres For Research

Sub Department:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job Description Summary

MTRI is seeking a motivated professional to help support multiple projects for our government and commercial customers. The Research Engineer/Scientist I – Computational Scientist will work with senior engineers and scientists to research, develop, and evaluate algorithms for a variety of signal and image processing, and geospatial applications. The successful candidate will have a solid background in applied mathematics, physics, statistics, or engineering, as well as strong computer science skills including software prototyping and algorithm design.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Participate as an integral team member on multi-disciplinary research relating to applying technological skills to solving governmental and societal needs.
2. Provide technical, analytical and numerical support for research and development projects in the areas of mathematics, statistics, programming, electrical engineering, and signal processing.
3. Develop prototype software and evaluate performance on data.
4. Contribute technical expertise to symposia, journal articles, and technical reports.
5. Prepare and deliver reports or presentations of research projects/analysis results to project sponsors as appropriate.
6. Contribute to the generation of proposals and external funding.
7. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master’s degree in mathematics, physics, statistics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a similar related field, and 1 year related experience
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, statistics, computer science, electrical engineering, or a similar related field, and 3 years related experience

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Solid theoretical background in one of the following: applied mathematics, physics, or electrical engineering.
• Experience in translating scientific theory into algorithms.
• Experience prototyping mathematical algorithms.
• Experience in software development.
• Proficiency in at least one of the following programming languages: C, C++, Python, Java, MATLAB, Julia, or equivalent language.
• Experience evaluating the performance of algorithms on simulated and/or measured data.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Experience with the development and application of detection and classification algorithms.
• Experience with signal and image processing or geospatial applications.
Experience leading technical teams.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Ability to obtain a Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship. May not possess dual citizenship.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral/written, and presentation communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas at meetings and symposia.
• Ability to contribute to competitive grant proposals.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Research Engineer/Scientist II

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding

Position duration dependent upon external funding. 

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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