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Senior Research Engineer- Environmental

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Department: Civil, Environ & Geospatial Engrg
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Engineering

Department: Center for Technology & Training

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

This position will serve as an advocate and technical resource for communities and utilities that manage environmental infrastructure (water, sewer, and storm systems). The position will lead the development and delivery of training and technical support services in the environmental infrastructure domain for the Center for Technology and Training. The position requires a bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering with a focus on drinking water or wastewater. Candidates must have strong experience working with regulators, utilities, and communities with a variety of environmental issues.
• PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a remote position. It requires working in-office in Houghton, MI.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • Engage with program sponsors including the EPA, state departments of natural resources, and the Indian Health Service to scope and deliver project outputs to accomplish program objectives
  • Prepare budgets, scopes of work, and proposals to respond to funding opportunities from various sources
  • Manage the growth of CTT’s programs in the environmental infrastructure domain.
  • Participate in research-related activities awarded to the Center for Technology & Training (CTT) in conjunction with other staff and faculty, including conducting research, planning and management of research projects, report preparation, and presentation of findings
  • Organize, coordinate, and facilitate continuing education and outreach webinars, workshops, conferences, and other training events at a variety of locations throughout the United States
  • Act as a subject matter expert to create, design, and present environmental engineering-focused training materials at webinars, workshops, and conferences to a national audience
  • Provide engineering technical assistance to communities and utilities on environmental infrastructure-related issues on an as-needed basis
  • Participate on committees, councils, and task forces of related public and private entities
  • Supervision of environmental engineering training/tech support staff, functional supervision may be exercised over support staff and student assistants

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor’s degree from ABET accredited college in civil or environmental engineering with a strong background in drinking water and wastewater systems
  • Michigan Professional Engineer License or ability to secure one through reciprocity

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in the design, operation, or permitting of water and wastewater facilities
  • Experience delivering training or education programs in a professional environment
  • Experience with budgeting and financing public utilities

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • Advanced degree
  • Experience with the transportation sector
  • Water or wastewater operator certification and/or experience
  • Experience preparing state-revolving loan funding applications
  • Experience managing municipal or utility facility budgets

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

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer service, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to speak before large and small groups of people
  • Demonstrated ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and take the initiative to solve problems
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work flexible hours
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to devote up to 20% of time to travel
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and meets Michigan Tech University’s vehicle use requirements

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff
  • Functional knowledge of asset management and operations and maintenance
  • Demonstrated success in, or potential future contributions to, working with persons from diverse backgrounds, creating a sense of belonging, and fostering a fair, objective, welcoming place to work for persons with a wide variety of personal characteristics and viewpoints. 

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

  • The work environment for this position will be in-office in Houghton, MI
  • The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
  • None required.

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


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift

Pay Rate/Salary

No Less than $85,000

Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding



Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)


Additional Information

  • Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, MI in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.


  • Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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