Human Resources

Research Engineer/Scientist I – Applied Mathematician

Apply now Job No: 21321
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: Michigan Tech Research Institute

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.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

MTRI ( is seeking a highly motivated, intellectually curious, professional mathematician interested in developing new tools for understanding physical systems. Specifically, this position involves supporting customer-driven research needs for both government and commercial sponsors. The role includes collaboration with senior engineers and scientists to research, design, and evaluate algorithms for various signal- and image-processing applications related to remote sensing. A successful candidate will have a solid background in mathematics with the desire to apply these concepts to engineering challenges. In addition, an ideal candidate would have prior experience writing scientific software to investigate the efficacy of the proposed techniques.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Develop/evaluate algorithms to support remote sensing and machine learning applications.
2. Contribute technical expertise to symposia, journal articles, and technical reports.
3. Prepare and deliver reports or presentations of research projects/analysis results to project sponsors as appropriate.
4. Contribute to the generation of proposals and external funding.
5. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. degree in mathematics, engineering, physics, or a similar related field, and 1 year related research experience either as part of degree program or post-degree.
Master’s degree in mathematics, engineering, physics, or a similar related field, and 2 years related research experience either as part of degree program or post-degree.
Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, engineering, physics, or a similar related field, and 4 years related research experience either as part of degree program or post-degree.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Strong analytical skills and use of mathematical software.
• Experience in one or more of the following programming languages/software: Matlab, Python, Mathematica, or equivalent.
• Fundamental understanding of mathematical concepts, such as linear algebra, differential equations, predictive modeling, discrete mathematics, graph theory, and/or estimation under uncertainty.
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Basic knowledge of remote imaging technologies: EO/IR image formation, RF remote sensing, SAR imaging, etc.
• Interest in the theoretical underpinnings of learning algorithms.
• Experience working with multidisciplinary teams to perform research, solve technical problems, and/or develop software tools.

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

• Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship. May not possess dual citizenship.
• Excellent written/oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.
• Ability to take direction, but work without continuous oversight.
• Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment with respect to significant matters related to job duties.
• Ability to work in a collaborative research environment.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Ability to contribute to competitive grant proposals.
• Ability to clearly communicate complex ideas through symposia, methods documentation, reports, and publications.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 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 

  • Annual Title IX 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.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

As of January 4, 2022, Michigan Tech is requiring all faculty, staff, temporary and student employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 due to the Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate or have an approved exemption for a religious or medical reason.  This includes those working remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the mtu flex website.

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


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable based on experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

Research Engineer/Scientist II

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

Share this:

| More