Faculty Research Assistant or Research Associate

  • Oregon State University, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Oct 13, 2023
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


Department: Sch of Mech/Ind/Mfg Engr (EMM)

Position Title: Faculty Research Assistant

Job Title: Faculty Research Assistant or Research Associate

Appointment Type: Academic Faculty

Job Location:  Corvallis

Benefits Eligible: Full-Time, benefits eligible

Job Summary: 

The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, Faculty Research Assistant or Research Associate position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head.

Appointment at the Faculty Research Assistant or Research Associate rank is anticipated; however, appointment at a promoted rank may be considered depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.

The purpose of this position is to support and conduct research in advanced materials and manufacturing for energy and aerospace (AMMEA) applications. The AMMEA research group at Oregon State University leads several research projects funded by DoD, NASA, Department of Energy, NSF and other agencies that explore new approaches to voxel-based microstructure and property control through laser-based additive manufacturing technologies for application to technologies in energy, aerospace, and propulsion. The instruments needed for this research are both standard systems (as received) and prototypes that are modified on-site to perform unique and enabling experiments. The position allows work to be conducted and completed on research contracts awarded to the university in the area of AMMEA. Duties will include performing and assisting in process development and operation of laser-based metal additive manufacturing, plasma and propulsion testing, and material evaluation. These duties will include research with instruments such as laser measurement, laser calibration, vacuum systems, power and plasma systems, and material evaluation; and will include efforts related to quality control analysis, safety procedure documentation, custom modifying of the mechanical and electrical component of the instruments and their maintenance, training and supervising students and other workers, as well as maintaining robust relationships with instrument vendors by integrally working as part of team (both vendors and researchers/users). Additionally, this position will also develop new ideas and methods in metal additive manufacturing processes, plasma and material testing and evaluation, assist in grant proposals development, and co-author publications and manuscripts.

Why OSU?:

Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit: https://oregonstate.edu/about


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities:

60% Conducting Research:
Collaborate with faculty and researchers to develop fabrication and additive manufacturing processes, plasma and propulsion testing, material evaluation, laser-based and other instrument operation, quality assurance, general lab and safety practices to develop capabilities that contribute to new knowledge in the scope of AMMEA. Operate experiments, instruments, and data acquisition as well as perform data analysis and interpretation to help draw research conclusions. Lead quality control/safety procedure documentation, maintenance, and custom modifying of the mechanical and electrical component of the instruments.

30% Training and leading work for student researchers:
Assist in training and work closely with student researchers. Provide advice and instruction in the abovementioned research areas and lab practices. Train both undergraduate and graduate researchers on scientific and engineering instrument use and maintenance.

5% Supporting the PI in developing safety procedure:
Assist PI and student researchers in safety procedure enhancement and working with OSU Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) department in documenting and establishing the safety operational procedure (SOP).

5% Supporting the PI in scholarly pursuits:
Identify scholarly results to be used in education; conduct literature searches; acquire resources (for purchasing and testing); author portions of publications or presentations to peer scientists; contribute to scientific manuscripts and grant proposals.

Pay Method: Salary

Pay Period:  1st through the last day of the month

Pay Date:  Last working day of the month

Link to Position Description: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.



Preferred and Required Qualifications

What You Will Need:

  • The candidate may have the following combination of degrees in Engineering (Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical or related fields) and experience:
      • At the Faculty Research Assistant Rank: MS degree with +3 years of relevant experience; or a BS degree with +5 years of relevant experience.
      • At the Research Associate Rank: PhD in a relevant area


  • Experience working with electronic system modification and integration (e.g., laser measurement, calibration, and integration of electronic/mechanical systems, thermal camera, power supplies, PLCs, PCBs).
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, communicate and collaborate with suppliers, manufacturers, and researchers to troubleshoot systems as part of a team.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • PhD with +3 years of experience or a MS degree with +5 years
  • Experience with digital twin, software data transport, database management, and data transport from the machine to various data ingestion points
  • Experience with vacuum systems, power systems, custom diagnostics, diagnostics (e.g., scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction), plasma and/or propulsion systems, and data acquisition systems.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in mechanical/electrical systems that are relevant to laser-based metal 3D printing, with an emphasis on process development and troubleshooting of CNC machine tools and laser-based metal additive manufacturing machines.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

  • Work in a manufacturing and aerospace laboratory environment
  • Able to lift, position, and carry heavy parts up to 45 pounds.
  • Able to stand for 3 hours at a time.
  • Able to work in a laboratory that may exhibit temperature extremes (10-15°F above or below 70°F).
  • Willing to work flexible hours to complete time-sensitive projects (may require after-hour and weekend engagement).


Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Posting Number: P07327UF


Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11/30/2023. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae

2) Cover Letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Diversity Statement: After reviewing the OSU mission statement at http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/oregon-state-university-mission-statement   and the emphasis on diversity, please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity 

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:
Somayeh Pasebani

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.


Apply Here: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/144011


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