Utah State University

Research Engineer

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 6 months ago(1/17/2020 12:50 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT) at Utah State University (USU) has an immediate opening for a Research Engineer. The position will provide engineering support to a wide range of research and development projects with government and industry sponsors and academic partners. Topic areas include high power electric vehicle charging systems, electric and hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle, bus and truck development, wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, battery management systems, grid-tied power converters, grid integration of renewable energy and energy storage, micro-grid management, cybersecurity for EV charging and micro-grid systems, and embedded and cloud software development and deployment associated with the above systems.


The primary responsibility is to provide engineering support to projects in the areas listed above.


If the selected candidate is hired at the Research Engineer I level, they will be responsible for providing engineering support on research projects, working with undergraduate and graduate student teams, maintaining major lab equipment and supplies, providing professional level documentation and customer support on projects.  If the selected candidate is hired at the Research Engineer II level, they will be responsible for developing and maintaining lab safety procedures and training lab personnel in addition to the ones listed above. If the selected candidate is hired at the Research Engineer III level, they will be responsible for leading engineering efforts on research projects and advising students and lab personnel in addition to the ones listed above.


Minimum Qualifications

  • To qualify for the Research Engineer I level: Bachelor’s degree plus one year of experience is required
  • To qualify for the Research Engineer II level: Bachelor’s degree plus three years of experience or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required
  • To qualify for the Research Engineer III level: Bachelor’s degree plus five years of experience or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required
  • Knowledge of safety standards and requirements in electrical laboratory environments
  • Strong oral and written English communications skills and an ability to work within a team environment and oversee engineering design and testing
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple job tasks under strict deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experience in the field of power electronics and grid tied power converters
  • Experience with circuit simulation and PCB design tools (e.g. LTSpice, Altium, Matlab, PLECS)
  • Experience with FPGA and microcontroller coding and embedded system design
  • Experience with 3D CAD design of mechanical systems and thermal modeling and simulation
  • Experience working with internal combustion, fuel-cell, or electric vehicles, vehicle system retrofits, and vehicle CAN bus messaging
  • Experience working with electric power systems (e.g. building and equipment electrical system design, power system analysis and simulation)

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Names and contact information for references to be submitted at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile

3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

SELECT is a multi-university industry funded research center led by USU. Resources at USU include the state-of-the-art Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) Research Facility and Test Track, the USU Power Electronics Laboratory (UPEL), and the Utah Transportation Center (UTC). Facilities at the EVR include a quarter mile electrified test track, microgrid with 128 kW solar array, 100 kWh energy storage, and real-time hardware in the loop simulation capability, a high bay research facility with 750 kW utility service, vehicle lift and vehicle dyno, and bidirectional AC and DC power supply and battery system testing equipment.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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