Position Openings

Research Technician

Job Summary

To design, fabricate, install, and maintain highly specialized and unique research items.  Assist students and faculty in the development of
working models , display items and research equipment for classrooms and laboratories.


Design, fabricate, install, and maintain highly specialized and unique research items. Meet with faculty, post doctoral research associates, and graduate students to review design specifications, provide advice on engineering materials for use, and obtain information on manufacturing options.  Obtain and review technical specifications on new research equipment items and inform the faculty of choices, advantages, disadvantages, and participate in the equipment selection process.  Follow the purchasing regulations to help order items and issue proper inventory identifications.  Responsible for supervision of planning, coordinating, and reviewing work of others in the department shop. Responsible for supervision and training of student technicians to support the educational and research activities of the Department.  Using personal knowledge and principles of applied electronics, mechanical systems and operation and maintenance of technical and scientific instrumentation, supervise or assist students, graduate students, and faculty in the development of working models, display items, and research equipment necessary for meeting classroom and research laboratory-requirements.  Install, maintain, and operate new and unique research and teaching laboratory equipment and precision instruments using machine tools, computer controlled machines, and integrated circuitry.  Consult with faculty concerning purchase of new and surplus equipment. Recognize potential safety hazards in research laboratories, instructional laboratories, and shop facilities.  Supervise or perform corrective or preventative maintenance to insure a safe and functional academic department.  Instruct shop personnel, undergraduate students, and graduate students in the operation of laboratory equipment, safety regulations and appropriate procedures. Serve as Shop Manager for both the department shop.  Complete other duties as directed by the Department Head.  Respond to requests for assistance from the office staff.      


Required Education:
Associates degree – Engineering Technology Required B.S. degree preferred

Required Experience:
2-4 years

Other Requirements:
Two Years of experience in laboratory procedures and analyses.  Education in natural science and/or engineering may be substituted for experience as determined relevant by the agency. 

Physical Requirements:
Lathe, Milling Machines, Electric Welder, Gas Welder, Power Saws, Fork Lift, Drill Press, Structural Testing Machines of various types and Metal Brakes. 

This position requires moderate physical exertion to manipulate heavy specimens and/or unwieldy components and furniture.

Preferred Qualifications:
Appropriate certificates from short courses, seminars, etc., indicating knowledge in the areas of shop skills, testing and instrumentation could be substituted for a portion of the experience preferred.  The ability to cooperate and communicate with others, self-discipline and motivation.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references to ce@engg.ksu.edu

Requisition No. 5550
Salary $47,000-$55,000 annually

Contact Information

Civil Engineering Department
1701C Platt
Manhattan, KS 66506