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University of Michigan
  • Position Number: 1732101
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Position Type: Science - Computer Science

Research Area Specialist Senior / Intermediate

Job Opening ID: 181560
Work Location: Ann Arbor Campus
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
Organizational Group: College Engineering
Department: Industrial & Operations Engin
Posting Begin/End Date: 12/04/2019 12/18/2019
Salary: $81,000.00 $90,000.00
Paid Time Off:
Career Interest: Research

How to Apply
IOE and the C4E work to make workplaces and organizations safe, efficient, productive and enjoyable. We are dedicated to gaining and sharing a better understanding of how tools, technologies and work practices affect health and performance and how they can be improved through human-centered design.

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary
The Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE), in conjunction with the Center for Ergonomics (C4E), is seeking a qualified candidate who possesses the skills described below to support faculty and students in a research and teaching setting.

Salary ranges:

Research Area Specialist Senior: $81,000-90,000

Research Area Specialist Intermediate: $68,000-77,000

The primary job function will be to support experimental studies conducted in simulated environments, both software-based (e.g., flight and driving simulators, and augmented reality) and physical environments with motion capture and force measurement (e.g., optical motion capture, inertial sensing, force transducers and load cells). The candidate will be working with faculty and students on research in areas including autonomous vehicles, aviation, health, mobility and robotics.

This will include the following responsibilities:

  • Design and develop simulation environments, both software-based and physical mockups.

  • Develop software for graphical user interfaces and communication protocols for data acquisition to monitor signals and implement algorithms.

  • Support hardware and software selection and procurement, oversee installation and maintenance, and develop and implement safe use policies and procedures.

    Required Qualifications*
  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in engineering, computer science, or related technical disciplines and at least 2 years of experience related to engineering lab work in a research setting.

  • Proficiency in programming languages/operating systems such as: C++, LabView, Matlab, ROS

  • Proficiency in CAD, instrumentation electronics, sensors, data acquisition systems and microcontrollers (e.g., Arduino, Rasberry Pi), signal processing.

  • Ability to assess competing priorities, manage workflow and meet operational deadlines with minimal on-site supervision.

  • Proven ability to work independently, function as a member of a team, and build effective working relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work on open-ended problems and requirement definition.

    Desired Qualifications*
    • Minimum proficiency in metal machining
    • Demonstrated research and project management skills and experience
    • Knowledge of University policies and procedures
    • Willingness to learn new software languages and packages as needed

    Underfill Statement
    This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

    Additional Information
    Michigan Engineering's vision is to be the world's preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: .

    The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University's comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic planalong with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environmentcan be found at:

    Application Deadline
    Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.

    The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting.

    This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

    U-M EEO/AA Statement
    The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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