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Research Engineer/Research Scientist

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Position Information

Position Title Research Engineer/Research Scientist
Department Great Lakes Research Center
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable Based on Experience and Qualifications
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? Yes
Title of Position Supervisor Director, Great Lakes Research Center

Position Summary Information

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.

Job Description Summary

The Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) aims to advance freshwater and coastal ocean research as a foundation for health, economic prosperity and global sustainability through interdisciplinary research cutting across Michigan Tech’s academic organizations. The GLRC institute includes collaborative faculty from eleven disciplines within the College of Engineering, College of Sciences and Arts, School of Business & Economics, School of Technology, and School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences. The GLRC seeks to hire outstanding scientific or engineering research scientists to collaboratively develop their research portfolios with faculty in three research focus areas: (1) Aquatic Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics; (2) Aquatic Resources and Human Dimensions; and (3) Marine Technology and Engineering (Including autonomous vehicles). Successful candidates will also show evidence of a commitment to public outreach and the translation of research into impactful change.
Ideal candidates will have a strong background in ocean or freshwater science and/or engineering applied to the marine environment and demonstrated involvement in interdisciplinary research with evidence of direct success in developing proposals to state, federal and other agencies resulting in a funded research portfolio. In addition, candidates should bring interesting innovative ideas to build additional collaborations across academic disciplines and provide expertise that bridges existing competencies to positively impact the success of others on campus. Successful candidates will exhibit depth in knowledge in their field(s) while exhibiting breadth and a strong desire to engage others in interdisciplinary work to advance the missions of the Institute and the University.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Identify funding opportunities and develop proposals independently and in collaboration with other faculty and staff yielding an externally funded research portfolio that provides solutions to governmental and societal challenges.
2. Provide technical expertise and delivery support of sponsored research as both a project lead and team member.
3. Successfully grow your own funded research program and contribute to that of the Institute, during the initial two years, to become self-supporting into the future.
4. Contribute technical expertise to symposia, journal articles, and technical reports.
5. Prepare and deliver reports or presentations of research projects/analysis results to sponsors as appropriate.
6. Ability to cultivate relationships with funding agencies that yield funding opportunities for members of the Institute.
7. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
8. Encourage continuous improvement practices among employees. Commit to applying continuous improvement strategies to strategic goals and leadership skills.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• PhD in science and/or engineering

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Minimum of two years of work experience beyond the PhD
• Experience leading the development of proposals successfully generating external research funding
• Experience serving as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a sponsored grant or contract

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

• Record of leadership in team-based research
• Record of research publication and public outreach
• Ability to write grant proposals, secure external funding and manage projects

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security 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.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17034
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 02/01/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information



Accept References No
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Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you possess a PhD in science and/or engineering?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have two years of work experience beyond acquiring your PhD?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Have you lead the development of proposals successfully generating external research funding?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a sponsored grant or contract?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Have you successfully published?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents