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Iowa State University Research Scientist I or II in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Research Scientist I or II

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Quals:Bachelor’s degree

Preferred Qualifications: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. A valid driver’s license and confidence with towing up to 10,000 lbs, backing up a trailer, and proper securing of the loads.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. Experience with laboratory quality management and performing calibrations. 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.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).Experience with planning and execution of projects and/or major tasks of projects, and experiences with large-scale testing. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in resume.

Job Description:

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 requirements for a level I is a Bachelor’s degree (PS806)

Minimum requirements 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.

Appointment Type:Regular

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Pay Rate Type:Salary

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date:February 4, 2021

Posting Close Date:March 3, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R4055

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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