Utah State University

Research Engineer Principal

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(3/5/2021 1:30 PM)
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# of Openings
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Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
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College of Engineering
ASPIRE Engineering Research Center
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The ASPIRE NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) at Utah State University (USU) has an immediate opening for a Research Engineer Principal with mechanical engineering experience. 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 of the Research Engineer Principal is to direct mechanical engineering for research projects in the areas listed above. Additional responsibilities include: manage engineering efforts with teams of graduate, undergraduate students and staff, advise and train lab personnel, develop engineering operation procedures, provide professional level documentation on projects, and work with lab management to monitor outputs and meet project deliverables.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.
  • At least 15 years of experience in related power electronics, power systems, electric vehicle and transportation infrastructures industries.
  • 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).
  • Knowledge with modeling software tools including: ANSYS (Fluent and IcePak tools), Solid Edge/Solid Works or similar design, thermal, and ventilation modeling software.
  • Experience working with internal combustion, fuel-cell, or electric vehicles, vehicle system retrofits, vehicle CAN bus messaging, and vehicle dynamometer testing.
  • Experience with EV infrastructure equipment including charging and wireless charging systems, specifically communication protocols, standards, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and controls.
  • Project management experience.
  • Understanding of electric vehicle infrastructure sound engineering practices and standards.
  • Ability to work with and/or preform component machining/fabrication (e.g. CNC operation).

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/ CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2. Contact information for 3 Professional References

3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted into a text box at the end of 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

ASPIRE ERC is a multi-University industry funded research center led by USU and funded through the National Science Foundation. 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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or 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, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of EducationOffice of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


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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