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The statements on this job standard are intended to describe the general nature of the role and level of work being performed. They are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of the employee.

Research Engineer Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75900
  • Pay Grade: P8
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Senior
  • Family: Research & Laboratory
  • Function: Research


This position is responsible for supporting and developing processes and technology for the department. Plans and conducts engineering research requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. Devises new approaches to problems encountered.

Level Scope

Recognized subject matter expert who knows how to apply theory and put it into practice with in-depth understanding of the professional field with limited oversight from managers. Independently performs the full range of responsibilities within the function; requires deep job knowledge of areas typically obtained through higher education combined with experience. Manages large projects or processes and problems faced are difficult and often complex; analyzes problems/issues of diverse scope and determines solutions. May manage programs that include formulating strategies and administering policies, processes, and resources; functions with a high degree of autonomy. Influences others regarding policies, practices and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent plus 5 years experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to observe, research and interpret concepts for creating processes or technology relevant to industry or develop improvements for existing materials or engineering processes
  • Skilled in the use of routine laboratory equipment.
  • Knowledge of current technological developments/trends in area of expertise.
  • Ability to conduct systematic analysis and develop solutions to complex scientific problems.
  • High level of communication skills and work well with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to show proficiency in its relevant tools or equipment needed for the department
  • Ability to compose written material with a succinct message
  • Strong ability to lead teams through the product development process or other projects
  • Ability to use creativity to ask questions and look at problems from a variety of perspectives to form more innovative solutions.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Research Engineer must:

  • Conducting research to identify solutions for departments need
  • Develop concepts for existing or new processes or equipment relevant to the department
  • Design industry-relevant products, equipment or technology based on concepts and ensuring functionality
  • Building product and system prototypes for testing purposes
  • Using specialized equipment to analyze and test processes, equipment or materials
  • Using statistical processes to assess data
  • Coordinate timelines, resources and tasks to achieve project goals as project leader
  • Preparing reports summarizing tests and their findings
  • Writing research related grant proposals


35% of Time the Research Engineer

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Research Engineer

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and requiring wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

There maybe travel with overnight stay for Research Engineer

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.