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Assistant Research Engineer/Scientist

Apply now Job No: 22018, 22019
Department: Chemical Engineering
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Research

Department: Chemical Engineering

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

Conduct routine experiments; operate and maintain laboratory and analytical equipment (ion chromatograph, HPLC, etc.); gather, record, and interpret research data; order and manage laboratory inventory.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Conduct routine laboratory experiments, operating necessary laboratory equipment, following and assisting in the development of written protocols.
2. Acquire and maintain laboratory equipment, supplies and chemicals.
3. Provide laboratory support to faculty and students on the proper operation of experiments.
4. Oversee safe laboratory practices and compliance with all applicable University, federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations.
5. Perform written assessment of supervised activities.
6. Work occasional non-standard hours as required.
7. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.
8. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervision may be exercised over undergraduate student assistants.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Associate’s degree in engineering, science, or technology-related field, or a comparable level of practical work experience in a related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated broad-based experience with computers, particularly lab data acquisition software.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in a science, technology or engineering-related field or a comparable level of practical work experience in a related field.
• Experience operating and maintaining analytical laboratory equipment (HPLC, GC, IC, etc.), including collecting and analyzing data.
• Construction and maintenance of equipment (piping, tubing, electrical wiring, reactors).
• Experience designing, conducting, and analyzing results from research and/or laboratory experiments.
• Experience drafting and following standard operating procedures and performing quality control checks on products.
• Knowledge of energy conversion processes.

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

• Exceptional organizational skills.
• Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.
• Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures manuals.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse group of individuals.
• Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions with limited supervision.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Demonstrated basic mechanical fabrication skills; electrical and electronics skills; trouble-shooting and repair of equipment.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

• English-language fluency (reading, writing and speaking)
• Basic mathematical abilities (algebra, measurements, basic statistics)
• Basic problem solving skills

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk; sit, talk, or hear; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and, to teach with similar movements. The employee is occasionally required to climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, chemical hazards, equipment operating at high temperatures and pressures, and moving mechanical parts.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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.

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


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Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor

Assistant Professor

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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