University of Utah Research Engineer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/05/2018

Requisition Number PRN17709B

Job Title Research Engineer

Working Title Research Engineer

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00102 - Mines and Earth Sciences-Dean

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 90400

Close Date 08/31/2018

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

The Research Engineer reports to Dean of the College and Director of a new Energy Frontier Research Center in the management and execution of college and center projects. This includes designing, constructing, and calibrating, adapts, tests and/or troubleshoots sophisticated instrumentation used in research projects, assisting in experiments, and overseeing students. The individual will support faculty in the college in diverse research areas and will support the Dean’s office in optimizing the use of space, insuring communications with faculty and staff.


1. Conducts research in a specialized engineering discipline to advance known engineering theories and principles.

2. Plans and conducts or directs complex engineering experiments to test, prove or modify theoretical propositions on basis of research findings and experiences of other research in related technological areas.

3. Designs or modifies the design of instruments, equipment, machinery and/or experimental prototypes and instructs technicians in the fabrication of the finished product.

4. Acts as an information source to faculty members, researchers, students and technicians in meeting instrumentation needs.

5. Writes or assists in writing technical portions of grant and contract proposals or reports to funding agencies.

6. Performs sophisticated troubleshooting as needed.

7. Supports and oversees a strong college and security program.

8. May assign, direct and review work of support staff

Work Environment and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Seldom: Hazards ( includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals).

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or research related field plus three years of related engineering experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Care is appropriate to the population served

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Knowledgeable in materials, metals, geologic, and/or cellular materials.

A masters degree in metallurgy, materials, or a closely related field is preferred.

Experience in project management of research and development of materials related programs.

Evidence of the ability to write journal publications, patent applications, and/or technical reports.

Experience managing small teams of students and/or technical staff.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.