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Research Associate or Research Scientist/Engineer

Company: Montana State University Bozeman
Location: Bozeman
Posted on: February 13, 2020

Job Description:

Position Information Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 20305 For_Questions_Regarding_This_Position,_Please_Contact Randy Babbitt at or Classification Title Research Scientist and/or Research Engineers Working Title Research Associate or Research Scientist/Engineer Brief Position Overview Spectrum Lab is seeking a Research Scientist or Research Engineer to immediately contribute to current research activities in applied optics, lidar, polarimetry, microwave photonics, imaging, cryogenics, and remote sensing. This individual would also participate in the writing of proposals for securing funding for new projects in collaboration with other Spectrum Lab personnel, MSU Faculty, or local industry. This individual is expected to work productively both autonomously and collaboratively as a team member and as a team leader, as per project requirements. Current applied research areas at Spectrum Lab include remote sensing (microwave and optical range, Doppler, polarimetry, and geo-location sensing), microwave photonics, optical signal processing, advanced imaging techniques, digital holography, quantum optics, electromagnetic wave propagation, opto-mechanical design, non-linear optics, and laser development. This individual will be expected to work on various project tasks that are autonomous in nature, but which will integrate with or benefit the project as a whole. This individual is planned to be hired at the Research Scientist or Research Engineer level. The individual s title is negotiable, depending on the education, experience, and interests of the candidate and on whether expected contributions in the described duties will be more in the areas of engineering or science. Position Number 4C9641 Department Spectrum Lab Division Office of Research and Economic Development Appointment Type Professional Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date FLSA Exempt Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE * 5-1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary $65,000-$75 ,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open Position Details General Statement It_Is_Dedicated_To_Innovation_In_Applied_Optics_And_Photonics_With_a_Three-fold Mission_To Spectrum Lab is an interdisciplinary MSU research center established in 1999 and reports to the Vice-President of Research and Economic Development. * Develop and help commercialize Montana grown opto-electronic technologies * Transfer and develop technologies to Montana companies * Provide enhanced educational, research, and employment opportunities for Montana undergraduate and graduate students Spectrum Lab s location close to the MSU-Bozeman campus and in close proximity to spin-off companies and other local industry facilitates collaboration with MSU faculty and researchers and our local industry partners. The lab has several research grants and contracts in the areas of remote sensing, coherent imaging, and optical signal processing with average annual expenditures of roughly $1M. Duties and Responsibilities * Conduct, report, and publish (when applicable) scientific/engineering research projects in applied optics and photonics, including conducting independent research, conducting research as a team member, and leading a team of researchers. * Supervise teams of undergraduate and graduate student researchers on research projects, including assigning tasks, providing technical assistance and advice, and following up on task completion and reporting. * Collaborate with research teams to develop new areas of applied optics and photonics research and actively contribute to obtaining funding through successful research proposals as a key contributor on the proposed work. * Interact productively with research team, with MSU faculty, or with local companies with the goal of developing and/or helping to commercialize new technologies. * Execute assignments and tasks that are specialized and advanced in nature with minimum supervision. Required_Qualifications_ _Experience,_Education,_Knowledge_&_Skills * Master s degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or relate field with documentation reflecting the equivalent of at least 5 years of post-degree experience (academic or industrial) doing productive work in experimental or applied optics or photonics with a record of significant and progressively responsible work experience relevant to the duties and responsibilities of this, or * Bachelor s degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or related field with documentation reflecting the equivalent of at least 10 years of post-degree experience (academic or industrial) doing productive work in experimental or applied optics or photonics with a record of significant and progressively responsible work experience relevant to the duties and responsibilities of this position. * Demonstrated experience in experimental research in three or more of the following areas: lidar, polarimetry, microwave photonics, optical signal processing, advanced imaging techniques, digital holography, quantum communications or storage, electromagnetic/optical wave propagation, opto-mechanical design, electro-optics, cryogenics, or laser development. * Strong experience in scientific and technical writing or oral communication of research. * Demonstrated experience working productively on tasks that are autonomous in nature. Preferred_Qualifications_ _Experience,_Education,_Knowledge_&_Skills * Record of scientific publication in peer-reviewed journals, patents, or presentations at technical conferences. * Have demonstrated the ability to actively and significantly contributed to the development of an innovative and externally funded research or development program. * Record of successfully completing and documenting research or development projects. * Demonstrated business development skills in research and development. * Good theoretical skills as demonstrated in academic work, technical writing, or work products. * Demonstrated experience in the use of technical and experimental computer software (such as MATLAB and LabView) * Demonstrated experience in conducting hands-on experimental research, including skills in electronics and optics. * Demonstrated ability in successful technical project management. * Demonstrated experience working productively in a team. The Successful Candidate Will * Possess the ability to work productively in a professional manner, both autonomously and as a member of a team, prioritizing work in a challenging environment with many demands. * Possess the interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with colleagues in academia and private companies. * Possess effective written and oral communication skills, publishing results of research in conference proceedings or journals, as appropriate. * Possess the ability to handle and control material of a sensitive nature. * Possess the ability to actively propose and significantly contribute to the development of innovative and externally funded research projects. * Possess leadership potential and capabilities. * Possess the ability and desire to significantly contribute to the research missions of Spectrum Lab and the objectives of the grants and contracts. * Have demonstrated ability to maintain effective attention to detail, to meet deadlines, and to well document and maintain thorough records of their work. * Have the ability and desire to work with and engage a diverse community of individuals on campus and in the larger research community, including faculty, research staff, students, and colleagues in academia and private companies. Position_Special_Requirements/Additional_Information * This position includes defense department work with security restrictions * therefore, applicants who are not U.S. citizens are not eligible for the position. * The position involves working with, handling, and controlling sensitive information. * This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. This position has supervisory duties? Yes Posting Detail Information Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications_Will_Be Screening of applications will begin on February 11, 2019 however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. Special Instructions Diversity Statement Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

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