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Research Scientist I or II

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
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The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a Research Scientist who will contribute to the day-to-day operations in the structural engineering, geotechnical and materials, environmental and other instructional and research fee-for-service operation laboratories.  In this role, they will provide support to faculty, students, staff, and external users of the lab with in-lab and field research activities. 


The Research Scientist will participate in laboratory and off-campus field operations, including design, acquisition, maintenance and repair of laboratory assets, supervision of people working in the laboratory and in the field, training development and delivery, administration of laboratory and field safety requirements, and financial management of fee-for-service operations. Collaboration with research teams and faculty within and external to CCEE in the conduct of research and other project work is an important part of the role.   



The successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency with electrical and computer engineering theoretical principles, employ software/hardware engineering and measurement and control theory knowledge to support sensor, data acquisition and controls architecture, benchmarking and integration for laboratory and field instruction and research applications. The position supports the development of new custom equipment systems that will include application of knowledge associated with custom sensor and circuit board design, embedded systems programming and networking architectures and communication protocols.    Constructing, modifying, maintaining, repairing and calibrating electronic and mechanical equipment and software systems used for instruction and research will be part of this position’s day-to-day support of CCEE laboratory operations.

This position will make engineering recommendations and set specifications for engineering hardware and software and systems to support sponsored research engineering projects and contribute to project reporting and project management requirements.   These contributions may include design of custom software algorithms; engineering control software and implementation of model-based software development. 

The candidate will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and a commitment to diversity and inclusivity as this position works with a broad and diverse group of individuals both on and off campus.  This position may require additional hours on occasion to be responsive to the research requirements of the position, may include overnight travel to off-campus locations and may include nighttime work on occasion.  Flexible scheduling during peak project periods is expected.  There will be times when work is done at heights, when the work requires manual push, pull or lift of up to 100 pounds, and when work will be done in confining areas.   


The successful candidate will be trained to contribute to research and instructional laboratory operations with a strong emphasis on quality, safety, space, laboratory asset and project time management.  Further, the ideal candidate will apply their knowledge to operations and safety training of undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty and coordinating the development of standard operating procedures.


The CCEE Department is committed to sustaining a collegial, positive, and productive environment for each individual and for the collective benefit of all. All staff members have a common responsibility to support and sustain our core values and are expected to interact collegially and to maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. 


This position will be hired at a level I or II.  Minimum requires for a level I is a Bachelor’s degree (PS806). 

Minimum requirements for a level II is a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience (PS807).


Level Guidelines:

A Research Scientist II will supervise staff members and graduate and undergraduate student researchers, manage the financial operations of the labs and field work and perform other duties with a greater level of responsibility and autonomy than a Research Scientist I.


Application Instructions:  All interested and qualified persons must apply for this position online at jobs.iastate.edu, posting R4108. The deadline to submit applications for first consideration is February 17, 2021.  The following documents must be submitted in PDF format: 1) letter of application; and 2) resume or curriculum vitae.  Direct questions to employment@iastate.edu, or call 515-294-4800 (Toll Free 1-877-477-7485) 


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. 1.       Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or similar discipline and any documented training or certifications relevant to the preferred qualifications. 
  2. 2.       A valid driver’s license.
  3. 3.       Experience with software development and testing in common programming environments such as C, C++, Python, LabVIEW, Matlab and Simulink as well as experience with building secure SQL databases and web servers for data collection.
  4. 4.       Knowledge in embedded programming, applying data science and machine learning to solve engineering problems, hardware implementation of deep-learning and other algorithms in cloud and edge computing frameworks.  
  5. 5.       Ability to design, prototype, and build custom electronics and mechanical equipment systems. 
  6. 6.       Knowledge of and experiences with actuators, controllers, data acquisition systems, sensors (e.g., strain gauges, load cells, displacement sensors, vibrating wire sensors, accelerometers, pressure, flow, temperature and humidity sensors).

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in resume.


Posted: 2021-02-11 Expires: 2021-03-13

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