Senior Research Engineer I

Updated: about 20 hours ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Senior Research Engineer I

Agency

Texas A&M Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Why work for Texas A&M Engineering?

Who we are

Texas A&M Engineering is a large employer in the great and growing cities of Bryan/College Station, offering thousands of career opportunities in a wide variety of fields. We are deeply committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce that embraces our core values of respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and service. Texas A&M Engineering offers competitive salaries, full benefits, an extensive support network, and above all, an enriching and highly collaborative working community that is deeply passionate about our vision for higher education, research, and public service.

Job Description

Purpose:

The research focus for this position is in the broad area of large-scale electric power systems with a particular focus on cyber-physical system modeling, analysis, and response, on high-fidelity static and dynamic electric grid simulations, and testbed emulations. Examples of simulation research include power flow and stability analysis. The research has a particular focus on power system optimization, simulating and analyzing the impacts of high impact low frequency events including hazards due to natural disasters as well as accidental and malicious events of a cyber-physical nature. The research in cyber-physical power systems has a strong focus on realism and accuracy of its models and the utility of its results to transfer into practice and transform the industry. It includes modeling and visualizing the mechanisms of failure of these systems as well as their risks and impacts, such as cyber-originated threats and severe weather on the power system.


The Senior Research Engineer I independently develops and applies new advanced knowledge in scientific research and engineering principles and practices, in broad areas of project assignments, industry and government stakeholders, and related fields. The Senior Research Engineer I represents the supervisor’s team and projects in the group’s information dissemination, outreach, and technology transition activities. Examples include conferences and workshops, to share and receive feedback on our research in agile discussions with stakeholders, to resolve important questions and to plan and coordinate work. The Senior Research Engineer I devises new approaches to the problems encountered and he/she widely applies complex system principles, theories, and concepts in the specific field. The Senior Research Engineer I demonstrates autonomy, independence, clear communications, and leadership as he/she works closely with the supervisor and her team on solving complex problems of diverse scope, where analysis of situations and data is paramount. The Senior Research Engineer I exhibits creativity, foresight and mature judgment in conducting research programs/projects.


The Senior Research Engineer I independently applies advanced knowledge of scientific research or engineering principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields. Represents the project in conferences to resolve important questions and to plan and coordinate work. Devises new approaches to problems encountered. Uses a wide application of complex principles, theories and concepts in the specific field or fields. Works on extremely complex problems of diverse scope where analysis of situations or data requires evaluation of intangible variance factors. Exhibits creativity, foresight, and mature judgment in conducting research programs/projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Carries out complex or novel assignments requiring the development of new or improved research or
    engineering techniques and procedures associated with large-scale electric grids and their security and
    resilience as coupled cyber-physical critical infrastructure. Work is expected to result in the development of
    new and refined models, processes, products, and/or scientific methods and approaches.
  • In a supervisory capacity, plans, develops, coordinates, and directs a large and significant project, or several
    small projects with numerous complex features; may require the use of sophisticated project planning
    techniques.
  • Provides mentoring and training of research staff (graduate students); uses national network to identify high
    caliber research talent.
  • Develops and evaluates plans and criteria for a variety of projects and activities to be carried out by others.
    Assesses the feasibility and soundness of proposed tests, products and equipment when necessary data are
    insufficient or confirmation by testing is advisable.
  • Provides ideas to improve organizational efficiency at all levels of the unit/department.
  • Presents invited papers; primary author or key contributor on major reports, products, papers, presentations,
    and peer reviewed journals.
  • Serves as engineering lead resource, and provides guidance to industry engineers working in collaboration
    with the Lab. Generates periodic reports and provide recommendations on methods which support the long-term
    goals and visions of the Lab.
  • Plays a key role in the acquisition of research funding; identifies sources of new contract funding and directs
    the preparation of proposals and presentations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

What we need:

  • Master’s degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Six years of related experience.

Work Location:

  • Main Campus – College Station, TX.

About Electrical and Computer Engineering:

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University leads advanced research in several important national and global areas for the betterment of humanity. Areas of research include power and power electronics, information systems, computer architecture, analog and mixed signals circuits, biomedical imaging, and photonics and semiconductors, with ML/AI infused in several of these research areas. Situated conveniently in the hub of the Dallas–Austin–Houston technology triangle, the department collaborates closely with key players in healthcare, computing, telecommunications, energy, and semiconductor manufacturing sectors. It also benefits from its proximity to and engagement with the Army Futures Command and the facilities and test-beds available at the Texas A&M System’s RELLIS Campus. With strong support from Texas' robust manufacturing sector and its economy, the department has numerous opportunities to engage in exciting interdisciplinary research partnerships that are shaping the future educational and research landscapes. These partnerships include collaborations and engagement with the Texas A&M Data Science Institute, the Global Cyber Research Institute, the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and the Smart Grid Center.

Texas A&M Engineering provides an outstanding benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Competitive health benefits.
  • Generous paid vacation, sick time, and holidays.
  • Vision, Dental, Life, and Long-Term Disability insurance options.
  • Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS), a defined benefit retirement plan with 8% employer contribution.
  • Additional Voluntary Retirement Programs: Tax Deferred Account 403(b) and a Deferred Compensation Program 457(b).
  • Flexible spending account options for medical and childcare expenses
  • Robust free training access through LinkedIn Learning plus professional development opportunities.
  • Tuition assistance https://engineering.tamu.edu/information/esac/educational-assistance-programs.html
  • Wellness program release time offered to employees to promote work/life balance.

Helpful Applicant Information

Required Materials for Application:

  • Resume/CV
  • Three work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor/former supervisor.
  • Letter of interest

Compensation Philosophy:

  • Recruit and retain high-performing workforce through competitive compensation and career development including career pathing, coaching and skills development.
  • Offer total rewards, flexible benefits, professional development, performance recognition and work-life balance.
  • Ensure resources are readily available and utilized to attract and retain the highest quality researchers, faculty, and staff.  

Employment Eligibility Verification

  • If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in delay of start date.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.



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