Available Title(s): 1467-NN_ADMINPRO - Research Operations Engineer
Business Title: ASL Mechanical Engineer
Employee Type: Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 12 Month
Summary of Duties:
The Mechanical Engineer position at the Spokane-based Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL) of the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) has a focus on mechanical engineering and advanced materials research, including the development and processing of novel alloys and composites.
The overall responsibilities for this position are as follows:
Hands-on participation in the design and execution of a broad range of experimental projects, including processing, fabrication and characterization of alloys and composites.
Design, construction, and maintenance of process equipment and testing systems.
Operation of process equipment, particularly melting and casting of reactive metals.
Maintenance, troubleshooting and calibration of the experimental facilities; ordering components, equipment and supplies; interactions with the machine shops and suppliers; working effectively in a team setting.
Contribute effectively to all aspects of the research projects and assist research faculty.
Conduct research experiments, document and prepare reports as appropriate.
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 recent B.S. Degree in Engineering, or related field.
Scientific background relevant to mechanical engineering, such as heat transfer and mechanics, and strong quantitative and analytical skills.
Hands-on experience with laboratory equipment (vacuum systems, furnaces, and temperature control).
Proficiency in CAD software (e.g., SolidWorks, AutoCAD) and laboratory software (e.g., LabVIEW, MatLab).
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.
Ability to lift > 50 lbs. because of the need to move and assemble various experimental components and equipment. Must have good motor skills, ability to maneuver stairs and move equipment as necessary. Must have ability to stand or sit for long hours.
Must be able to obtain a badge at U.S. Department of Energy and/or Department of Defense National Laboratories to gain access to restricted areas.
Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Hands-on experience with high vacuum systems; electro-mechanical systems and controls; optical microscopy and metallographic sample preparation; melting and casting of metallic alloys, or mechanical testing and related equipment
Knowledge of basic metallurgy and metallic alloys
College of Arts and Sciences
Institute for Shock Physics / Applied Sciences Laboratory (ASL)
$5,600 - $6,767 | Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/.
WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.
Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position with an annual appointment. Subsequent renewals are based on the need for extension and the availability of additional funding. Multiyear research funding is anticipated.
Posting Close Date:
Applicants must submit their completed application by Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and resume/cv to their online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications.
External candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/CV' section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' section of your application.
Documents may be submitted in one file or separate files.
Applicants are encouraged to upload as a PDF if possible.
Applicants will be requested to provide contact information for professional references within the online application.
Contact information for three professional references
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