Research Engineer

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Research

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

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.

Essential Functions:

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
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, 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.
Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent plus 5 years experience

Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is $61,193.60.  Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover Letter
Three letters of recommendation



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