Senior Engineer or Scientist/Materials Emphasis
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND

$90,000 - $130,000 a year

University of North Dakota

Hiring Department: Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC)

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Details: $90,000 to $130,000 per year DOE, full-time, benefited, exempt
Benefits: Includes single or family health care coverage (premiums paid for by the university), basic life insurance, EAP, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual and sick leave. Optional benefits available: supplemental life, dental, vision, long term care insurance, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasional travel is required.

Position is open until filled. For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 5PM on August 16, 2019.


Position Details: A Complete Position Description is available as an attachment in the bottom right corner of this position announcement.

At the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), we know our people are our greatest asset. Our team of over 200 is sought after worldwide to solve energy and environmental challenges in innovative ways. Since 1951, we’ve worked with over 1,300 clients in 53 countries. We recognize that quality, market-driven science and engineering technologies come from engaged, motivated employees. We encourage lifelong learning through our Employee Development Program and offer many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. In addition to competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package, the EERC provides opportunities for inventors of commercialized technologies to share in the profits. As the EERC is part of the University of North Dakota, employees are eligible for tuition waivers and reduced tuition for family members. Apply with us for a position that can turn into a lifelong passion and a work environment that’s more like a family.

The EERC is looking for an experienced, energetic, and imaginative senior engineer/scientist to join our multidisciplinary team and contribute to the success of the EERC and its clients as we pursue problem solving related to advanced challenges in advanced power generation and chemical processes. The EERC offers opportunities in a positive environment to people with an exceptional work attitude, dedication to high professional standards, and commitment to personal development.

The selected candidate will perform most of not all of the following functions:

Evaluate fuel conversion and other chemical processes.
Develop innovative, basic and applied research concepts.
Address materials issues in a broad sense relative to energy and chemical processes.
Use software packages to predict the fate of materials in thermal and chemical systems, mentor junior staff, constructively work with other groups at the center.
Suggest, assist with, and prepare proposals to potential clients, manage client tasks and projects, and develop client relationships.
Report results to clients, prepare and present project results at national/international conferences, and prepare and submit journal articles when and where appropriate.

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Required Competencies:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Excellent project/task/personnel management skills.
Demonstrated experience preparing proposals, experimental plans, and technical reports.
Becoming an expert in a technical field pertaining to materials development, manufacturing, and/or application.
Knowledge and willingness to learn about new technologies.
Track record of excellent team work and customer service.
Demonstrated experience mentoring, advising, and/or supervising staff.
Demonstrated leadership abilities.


Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in chemical or mechanical engineering or related scientific field with a materials emphasis.
Experience involving materials development, manufacturing, and/or application.
Experience with software packages that predict function/fate of materials/composites in advanced energy and/or process systems.
Applicants may be required to deliver a presentation to interviewers during the interview.
Cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae.
Not required by the EERC, however, some clients will require drug screenings.
Successful completion of a criminal history background check.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree in chemical or mechanical engineering or related scientific field with a materials emphasis.
10 years of experience involving materials development, manufacturing, and/or application.
Experience with application of alloy and/or nonmetallic materials in energy production and/or chemical processes.
Experience with commercial scale advanced materials applications.
Experience designing or interpreting field or lab experiments for advanced material applications.
Experience working with industry in the field of materials development/applications.
Demonstrated technical writing ability, such as author or coauthor of published peer-reviewed articles or technical papers. Must Provide Examples.

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Confidentiality of Application Materials
Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement
UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran's status and disability status on the form found at This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference
Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement
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