Research Engineer

Research Engineer
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a qualified candidate for the open position of Research Engineer. This full-time position will conduct technical testing at the Advanced Transportation Research Engineering Laboratory (ATREL) in Rantoul, IL, optimize research protocols, coordinate research efforts in both the laboratory and the field, calibrate and maintain research equipment.

The Research Engineer will conduct experiments in the laboratory and in the field following established safety guidelines and in accordance with applicable standard test methods and specifications, such as ASTM International, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Illinois Department of Transportation; Determine and maintain equipment and supply needs for experiments and the research efforts of ICT and the department; Coordinate verbally and in writing with sponsors, such as the Illinois Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and other federal, state, and private sponsors; industry representatives; and researchers to ensure project goals are achieved; Develop and deliver presentations of research findings to sponsors on an as-needed basis; Train researchers and students on testing and design procedures for safe laboratory practices and reliable test results, both in the ATREL research areas and various field locations as needed; Design, review and/or execute research testing plans, perform technical testing at the ATREL facility and field locations, and perform data analysis, on an as-needed basis in coordination with researchers and students; Maintain safe, clean and organized indoor and outdoor research areas, including laboratories, equipment and supply areas, and sample and specimen storage areas; Calibrate, maintain and repair research equipment utilizing ATREL resources and by coordinating with outside service entities; Travel periodically as needed to attend meetings, conduct testing and execute research project tasks; Assume additional appropriate related research engineer duties to further the mission of ICT and the department.

Minimum qualifications for the position include a B.S. degree in engineering. Experience in one or more of the following areas: Hot-mix asphalt testing and/or pavement testing; Independent setup and execution of laboratory experiments on civil engineering materials including: testing of soils and aggregate, Portland Cement Concrete (PCC), and Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA); Testing asphalt binder using SuperPave testing equipment; Applying principles of volumetric asphalt mix design, including the use of different compactors (such as Gyratory). Familiarity with field and laboratory data acquisition systems, instrumentation and programming; Excellent verbal and written communication and organizational skills; Ability to handle multiple duties simultaneously.

Preferred qualifications include: Experience working with faculty and students in an academic setting; Operational knowledge of servo-hydraulic systems; Experience working in an accredited laboratory; Proven project experience with data acquisition systems, instrumentation and programming.

This position is a twelve month, full-time, academic professional appointment with standard university benefits. Salary is open and based on qualifications. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by December 30, 2016. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, but the final decision will not be made until after that date. The starting date will be as soon as a suitable candidate is identified after the position closing date.

To apply for this position, please create your candidate profile at and upload a single PDF document containing your cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for three references by the closing date. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Rhonda Powell at or 217-333-6378.

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