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Assistant Research Engineer - 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: Information Technology

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

The Assistant Research Engineer will work as a software developer in support of a variety of scientific and research programs. The position is based at MTRI in Ann Arbor, MI (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Assist with the dissemination of scientific results to external parties via the development of web based and mobile application software.
2. Design and develop software user interfaces by setting feature priorities throughout the development lifecycle; design methodologies and tool sets; design and conduct tests.
3. Support data management for remote sensing projects through the design and maintenance of scientific databases.
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.
12. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, mathematics, or engineering with computer science experience.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Strong programming skills with experience in one or more of the following programming languages/software: C, C++, Python, Java, MATLAB, or equivalent.
• Knowledge of software development tools, including revision control systems.
• Experience with one or more of the following: database design and maintenance, web development frameworks, cloud computing, iOS or Android development kits, ROS (Robotic Operating System).
• Demonstrated organizational ability and attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.
• Familiarity with Linux or other Unix-based operating system.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Basic knowledge of one or more of the following: signal processing, image processing, machine learning, numerical analysis, statistics, robotics, or distributed computing.
• 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 with no dual citizenship status.
• 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.
• Demonstrated ability to participate in team projects.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. 

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.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


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.


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

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


FLSA Status


Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, Based on Experience

Title of Position Supervisor

Senior Research Scientist/Engineer

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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