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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 one or more Research Scientists who will manage and supervise the day-to-day operations in the structural engineering research and 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 provide oversight of laboratory and off-campus field operations, including 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 the structures 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.   Supervision will include other structures laboratory staff members and graduate and undergraduate student employees. 


The successful candidate will possess: knowledge of laboratory safety standards, mechanics of materials, engineering statics and dynamics principles; the ability to develop a quality program for laboratory and field environments; and the ability to create and maintain accurate records. 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.   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 manage a research laboratory operation with a strong emphasis on quality, safety, space, laboratory asset and project time management.   In this role, the candidate will lead the development of technical drawings, design calculations, analytical methods selection and communications related to the fabrication and configuration of laboratory specimens and supporting test apparatus as required for a project.    In addition, the successful candidate will acquire and develop the necessary skills to be accountable for the entire facility and laboratory asset base used in the structures laboratory and field operations.  Further, the ideal candidate will apply this knowledge to operations and safety training of new users of these assets in the lab and in the field and in 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 requires 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 R4055. 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. Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics and any documented training, certifications or licensure relevant to the preferred qualifications.
  2. At least two years of experience related to the preferred qualifications
  3. A valid driver’s license and confidence with towing up to 10,000 lbs, backing up a trailer, and proper securing of the loads.
  4. Knowledge of and/or experience working with servohydraulic test systems and components and involving applications of these systems in support of tension and compression testing, fatigue testing, and hybrid simulation testing.
  5. Experience with laboratory quality management and performing calibrations.
  6. Experience with shop and field fabrication operations (e.g., cutting, welding, machining, forming, assembly, additive manufacturing, etc.) and fabrication of steel, concrete, wood and plastic structures.
  7. Experience with the selection, deployment and use of varied sensors used in structural testing and structural health monitoring (e.g., strain gauges, load cells, displacement sensors, vibrating wire sensors and accelerometers).
  8. Experience with planning and execution of projects and/or major tasks of projects, and experiences with large-scale testing.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in resume.


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

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