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Research Engineer I

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

Department: College Of Engineering

Sub Department:

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

Engineering staff position to support the activities of MSE in the areas of materials manufacturing, materials production, teaching of material manufacturing labs to MSE, ME, and MET students, and develop and execute activities for externally sponsored MSE/IMP research.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

  • Support MSE and IMP research projects, users, and infrastructure.
         a. Advance current external research and help to increase external research activity in MSE.
         b. Collaborate with faculty and research to grow the use of the facility.
  • Supporting laboratory instruction in MSE.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and improvement and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in university continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or closely related field

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

  • Experience manufacturing materials in an industrial or academic environment, including metal casting and composite material manufacturing.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

  • Ability to plan and execute research and development pilot-scale manufacturing set-up and materials production.
  • Organizational skills to set-up and maintain high-tech materials research labs.
  • Interest and aptitude for teaching materials manufacturing labs.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to design, manufacture, and pilot materials production equipment for pilot-scale materials production.
         a. CAD, FEA analysis, and design optimization
         b. Material selection and with working with machinists and suppliers
         c. Assembly and prove-out of new material production equipment
  • 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.
  • Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

  • Experience working in or managing a complex, multi-user manufacturing facilities.
  • 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. **

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

  • There are no unusual physical demands.
  • 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.

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



Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $25,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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