Summary of Duties: The Institute for Shock Physics, a multidisciplinary research organization within the College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications from strongly self-motivated, talented individuals for a Research Operations Engineer position (Administrative/Professional Staff Member) located at WSU's main campus in Pullman, WA. We are looking to hire a recent graduate having a strong experimental aptitude - who will contribute significantly through hands-on experimental work in a fast-paced creative environment - to work as a Research Operations Engineer in the Institute's Impact Facilities.
The Institute's overall research theme is Understanding Materials under Extreme Conditions and the research activities involve state-of-the-art experiments to understand the response of materials subjected to high dynamic stresses. The individual hired will be responsible for operating and continually improving the experimental facilities required to create the extreme conditions.
The overall responsibilities for this position are as follows:
Safely operate and maintain all aspects of the ISP Impact Facilities, including the design, fabrication and assembly of experimental components and equipment. The operational responsibilities are strongly hands-on and require an excellent mechanical aptitude in a laboratory setting, including the use of specialized tools to operate and improve the Institute's experimental capabilities.
Contribute effectively to all aspects of the experimental effort, including guidance and assistance to ISP research faculty and graduate students; ordering experimental components, equipment and supplies; and working effectively in a team setting.
Participate in the development and implementation of experimental techniques for a broad range of research projects involving high-velocity impacts.
Participate in the research experiments as needed and prepare reports and publications as appropriate.
Because of the diverse nature of the research activities and the facilities in the Institute, the above list should be viewed as a representative, but not a complete, list of responsibilities.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelors 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.
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