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Research Engineer or Scientist at Staff, Senior, and Principal Levels

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 61801
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

Research Engineer or Scientist at Staff, Senior, and Principal Levels
Illinois Applied Research Institute
The Grainger College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Applied Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applicants for Research Engineer or Scientist positions at three different levels of experience. The levels are Staff Research Engineer or Scientist, Senior Research Engineer or Scientist, and Principal Research Engineer or Scientist. All professionals hired into these positions will be involved in a variety of research and development (R&D) activities in areas of applied science, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science/technology.

ARI's mission is to elevate innovation to practice as part of the thriving technology ecosystem at the University of Illinois. Its professional research staff provides translational, multidisciplinary solutions for real-world problems in defense and security, manufacturing and materials, and building science. ARI staff perform research and development leveraging their broad government- and industry-based expertise in algorithm and software development, materials development and characterization, and monitoring, diagnostics, and controls with sensors and data fusion, and workforce training. ARI possesses unique capabilities for open, proprietary, and classified projects and works with collaborators across government, industry, and academia. More information about ARI can be found at appliedresearch.illinois.edu.

For the current positions, ARI is interested in hiring individuals with expertise in algorithm design and development, including, but not limited to:

  • machine learning/artificial intelligence
  • image/signal processing
  • data analytics/data science
  • sensor fusion

Champaign-Urbana is not only the home of a world-class university - it is also a community that supports a comfortable, family-friendly lifestyle, including:

  • very affordable and spacious homes with numerous new building options
  • a maximum 20-minute commute time within Champaign-Urbana
  • plentiful, high quality, and reasonable childcare options
  • a strong public school system with a gifted program, as well as several private options at all levels
  • a wide variety of recreational sports and performing arts engagement opportunities
  • an active regional airport with jet service to hubs in Chicago, Dallas, and Charlotte

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Specific duties and responsibilities for each position level include the following:

STAFF RESEARCH ENGINEER OR SCIENTIST - This is an entry-level/early career research and development position that will leverage an individual's desire to apply their current knowledge in algorithm design and development, to learn and expand their expertise, and to build their capabilities to formulate and deliver real-world solutions through applied research. Numerous established pathways for professional growth and promotion include increased responsibilities for project milestone deliverables, project approach formulation, proposal preparation, and technical or project leadership and mentorship.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Implement prescribed algorithm prototypes in code.
  • Translate state of the art technical literature/knowledge into the development and implementation of new algorithmic approaches.
  • Analyze algorithm performance using open and private data sets.
  • Curation of data sets and data quality, including collection, management, analysis and reporting.
  • Assist Principal Investigators with planning, implementation, and evaluation of research projects.
  • Collaborate with other ARI research staff in the preparation of materials for research contract proposals as necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Staff Research Engineer: Bachelor's degree in engineering.
  • Staff Research Scientist: Bachelor's degree in science, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • One year of related work experience (including internships) in a technical field.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all forms of communication, along with solid time management, teamwork and organizational skills.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Staff Research Engineer: Master's degree in engineering.
  • Staff Research Scientist: Master's degree in science, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • Documented success in collaborative and independent research ventures.
  • Existing or ability to obtain a U.S. national security clearance.

SENIOR RESEARCH ENGINEER OR SCIENTIST - This mid-level position requires the ability to contribute to the formulation and execution of high-impact applied research in algorithm design and development in response to customer needs and the willingness and/or demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team to attract and successfully execute external R&D contracts. The professional development pathway for this position includes increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in the origination of new research programs and leadership/management of highly collaborative and productive teams.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct high-quality applied research and lead tasks within externally- and internally funded projects. This includes collaboration and partnership with other ARI research staff as well as professionals across campus and external entities including government agencies, industry, and foundations, to deliver interdisciplinary solutions for customers.
  • Work independently to research and implement algorithmic solutions and contribute to the formulation of proposed technical solutions and research contract proposals.
  • (When appropriate, travel for visits to sponsors, industry days, and contractually mandated reporting meetings.
  • Assist with the oversight of research contract finances/spending, project management/milestones, reporting, and related personnel management.
  • Provide technical and professional mentorship to other ARI research personnel.
  • When appropriate and encouraged by sponsors, present research results through publication of scientific papers, conference presentations, and technology demonstrations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Senior Research Engineer: Master's degree in engineering.
  • Senior Research Scientist: Master's degree in science, computer science/technology, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • Three-five years of related experience in algorithm design and development in an application-oriented environment within technical fields such as engineering, science, computer science/technology, applied mathematics, or related areas.
  • Experience with proposal preparation, co-authorship, or authorship, resulting in externally-funded R&D support and successful program execution.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all forms of communication and collaboration, along with strong time- management, collaboration, and organizational skills.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Senior Research Engineer: Doctoral degree in engineering.
  • Senior Research Scientist: Doctoral degree in science, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • Experience leading and managing research groups and professionals.
  • Publications in internal and external venues.
  • Existing or ability to obtain a US national security clearance.

PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ENGINEER OR SCIENTIST - This senior-level position requires the ability to formulate and execute high-impact applied research in algorithm design and development in response to customer needs and to attract substantial external funding and lead and work collaboratively with a diverse staff and customer base. The professional development pathway for this position includes increasing levels of technical and administrative responsibility, supporting the formation of new strategic directions for algorithmic activities within ARI at an executive leadership level.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Apply expertise and experience in algorithms to develop unique technical solutions and translate these into successful funded research programs through proposals and other research business development activities.
  • Develop, manage, and lead teams of technical research professionals as primary investigator (PI) to pursue, attract, and maintain a vibrant externally funded applied research and development enterprise. This includes collaboration, partnership, and leadership (when appropriate) with ARI research staff as well as professionals across campus and external entities including government agencies, industry, and foundations, to deliver interdisciplinary solutions for customers.
  • Facilitate and maintain professional relationships with potential and current sponsors and program managers, including travel for visits, industry days, and contractually mandated reporting meetings.
  • Maintain oversight and responsibility for research contract finances/spending, project management/milestones, reporting, and related personnel management.
  • Provide technical and professional mentorship to other ARI research personnel.
  • When appropriate and encouraged by sponsors, present research results through publication of scientific papers, conference presentations, and technology demonstrations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Principal Research Engineer: Master's degree in engineering.
  • Principal Research Scientist: Master's degree in science, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • Eight-ten years of related experience in algorithm design and development within a technical field such as engineering, science, computer science/technology, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • Track record of proposal authorship and leadership resulting in externally-funded R&D support and successful program execution.
  • Experience leading and managing research groups and professionals.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all forms of communication and collaboration, along with strong leadership, time management, teamwork, and organizational skills.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Principal Research Engineer: Doctoral degree in engineering.
  • Principal Research Scientist: Doctoral degree in science, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields.
  • Publications in internal and external venues.
  • Existing or ability to obtain a US national security clearance.

These positions are full-time, benefits-eligible academic professional positions appointed on a 12-month service basis (See www.hr.uillinois.edu/benefits for details). The expected start date is as soon as possible, based on the business needs of the organization. Salary and position level are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at jobs.illinois.edu and upload your cover letter, CV/resume, and names/contact information for three references as a single PDF file by June 16, 2020. Interviews and hires will take place prior to the closing date and early applications are encouraged; however, full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Summer Redman at sredman@illinois.edu or 217-300-5400.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

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Posted: 2020-02-08 Expires: 2020-03-09

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