Business Title: Research Engineer Location: Washington State University
Employee Type: Admin. Professional
Job Family: Administrative Professional - Not OT Eligible
Summary of Duties:
The Institute for Shock Physics, a multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a Research Engineer position (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) located at WSU's main campus in Pullman, WA. We are looking to hire a strongly self-motivated and talented individual with a strong experimental aptitude to contribute significantly through hands-on experimental work in a fast-paced creative environment.
The Institute's overall research theme is Understanding Materials under Extreme Conditions and the research activities involve state-of-the-art experiments to understand the response of materials subjected to high dynamic stresses. The individual hired will be responsible for assisting with experiments, operating electro-optic instrumentation, and continually improving the experimental facilities.
Many of the experiments performed at the ISP utilize laser-interferometry measurements and other laser-based diagnostics that are integral to characterizing/understanding the shock compressed state of materials. In addition, a wide array of optical detection and analysis approaches are utilized, including fast photodetectors, image intensifiers, ICCD's, streak cameras, and other state-of-the-art electro-optic instrumentation.
The overall responsibilities for this position are as follows:
Participate in the research experiments; and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
Contribute effectively to all aspects of the experimental effort, including guidance and assistance to ISP research faculty, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate students.
Participate in the design, development, and use of optical equipment and systems, for laser-interferometry measurements and other optical-based diagnostics.
Assist with the design and development of research methodologies for a broad range of experimental projects.
Conduct regular maintenance activities in the laboratories, order experimental components and supplies; and work effectively in a team setting.
Because of the diverse nature of the research activities and the facilities in the Institute, the above list should be viewed as a representative, but not a complete, list of responsibilities.
A Bachelor's degree in an appropriate related scientific or engineering discipline and experience performing professional-level work with scientific or engineering research protocols. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experimental and analytical skills; understanding and knowledge of research theory; excellent organizational and project management skills.
A B.S. degree in Physics, or a related area, with a strong experimental background and hands-on experience with laboratory equipment and tools common to experimental research.
Good familiarity with hardware and software required for optical measurements, including lasers and optical detection equipment.
An excellent mechanical aptitude and demonstrated hands-on experience with design and fabrication of instruments and experimental components.
Strong academic background and excellent problem-solving skills.
Good computer skills, including experience with technical/design programs, such as LabView or SolidWorks, and working knowledge of data analysis software.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
Personal attributes should include critical thinking, good judgment, clear sense of purpose, attention to detail, ability to work effectively in a team, and accountability.
Be able to lift up to 50 lbs., because of the need to move and assemble various experimental components and equipment. Must have fine motor skills, be able to climb up and down stairs in the laboratory and move equipment, as necessary.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
A M.S. Degree in Physics, or related area
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Screening Begin Date: February 8, 2021
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please review the information about the Institute for Shock Physics (shock.wsu.edu). Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the required qualifications for this position, detailed resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.
Contact information for professional references.
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
Posting Close Date (If empty, open until filled):
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