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Staff Engineer

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Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

Department: Electrical and Computer 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

Primary technical and administrative contact for students competing in an international design competition focused on autonomous vehicles. This individual will be working closely with both students and faculty advisors to assure team success.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Managing undergraduate students (more than 40) competing in an
international student design competition.
2. Guide students through the engineering design process for technical
deliverables related to the development of an autonomous vehicle.
3. Tracking progress with respect to team and competition deliverables
4. Working with students to improve oral and written communication skills and improving team effectiveness.
5. Work with faculty advisors and graduate students working on the competition
to set team goals, tasking, and resolving relevant technical issues.
6. Travel with a group of 3 to 15 students to bi-annual training events and competition each year in June.
7. Manage team social media accounts, generate, solicit, and moderate content.
8. Attend team meeting and student team meetings outside of work hours
9. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, mathematics, scientific and technical communication, or a related discipline

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • 2-4 years of work experience in science, engineering, mathematics, scientific and technical communication, a related discipline, or 1 year with an MS, 0 with PhD.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• A bachelor’s degree in Electrical, Computer, or Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science
• Demonstrated experience working with college students in an extracurricular or classroom environment.
• MS with two years of experience
• MS or PhD in topical areas related to autonomous vehicles

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

• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• A desire to work closely with college-age STEM students in areas such as developing leadership skills and conflict resolution
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Desirable candidates will have a track record of working with others to meet deadlines and deliver high-quality work. In addition, it desirable that candidates have experience with one or more of the following:
• Technical report writing
• Product development for automotive systems
• Formalized engineering design processes
• Autonomous vehicles or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
• Vehicle dynamics and control
• Collaborative software development in C++ or Python
• Project management
• MATLAB and Simulink
• Computer vision systems
• LiDAR and RADAR processing
• Functional safety and safety assessment
• Engineering design risk mitigation (Design Failure Mode and Effects
Analysis (DFMEA), fault-trees, etc)
• Engineering prototyping and fabrication
• Machine-based localization: SLAM, GNSS
• Real time operating systems
• Real-time control using embedded hardware (i.e. dSpace)

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to 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%)


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable based on experience & qualifications

Title of Position Supervisor

Associate Professor

Posting Type

Internal & External

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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