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Research Engineer I – Software Developer

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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: 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.  

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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 I - Software Developer will work with senior engineers and scientists to research, develop, and evaluate algorithms for a variety of signal and image processing applications. The successful candidate will have a solid background in computer science with strong skills in software prototyping, software design, and algorithm design. The position is based at MTRI in Ann Arbor, MI (

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. Lead software development projects and coordinate teams of junior software developers.
4. Develop software to prototype and evaluate signal processing, remote sensing, and/or machine learning algorithms.
5. Assist with defining software objectives by analyzing user requirements, system features, and functionality.
6. Recommend software solutions by comparing pros and cons of custom versus off-the-shelf alternatives.
7. Coordinate requirements and schedules, contribute to team meetings, troubleshoot development and production problems.
8. Develop software documentation and assistance tools.
9. Continue to improve performance by being aware of new technologies and software products, participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and participating in professional organizations.
10. Accept ownership of, and responsibility for responding to, new and varied requests.
11. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master’s degree or higher in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a similar related field, and 1 year of software development experience
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, electrical engineering, or a similar related field, and 3 years of related software development experience

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Experience in translating scientific theory into algorithms.
• Experience prototyping mathematical algorithms.
• Experience in software development.
• Proficiency in at least one of the following: Python, C/C++, Fortran, MATLAB, Julia or equivalent language.
• Experience evaluating the performance of algorithms on simulated and/or measured data.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Strong technical background in one of the following: applied mathematics, physics, or electrical engineering.
• Experience in or coursework covering signal or image processing.
• Experience with sensors or signal processing.
• Experience leading software development teams.

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

• Ability to obtain a Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship with no dual citizenship status.
• 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.
• Bash scripting proficiency.
• Ability to contribute to competitive grant proposals.

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)

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