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Iowa State University Bridge Engineering Researcher in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Bridge Engineering Researcher

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience

Special Required QualificationsDrivers License

Preferred Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Structural, or Construction Engineering; or related field

Bridge engineering education or experience

Experience with or exposure to construction practices, work sites, equipment, and tools

Job Description:

InTrans is currently seeking candidates for a Bridge Engineering Researcher. This position will be classified as a Research Scientist III.

The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) is a $16 million research organization at Iowa State University that includes 15 centers and programs. InTrans conducts transportation-related research and outreach, and addresses the education and workforce development needs of future transportation professionals. This position will work as a key member of the Bridge Engineering Center (BEC), regularly interacting with local, state, and federal agency sponsors while conducting applied bridge-related research.

This is a one-year, fixed term position with the expectation for renewal based on funding availability.

This position will require occasional travel, mostly within the state of Iowa.

SummaryResponsible for the oversight, completion, and reporting of on-site and laboratory bridge-related research in cooperation with other BEC personnel and project sponsors.Example of Duties

  • Executes research work plans in the areas of innovative bridge materials, novel bridge construction approaches, bridge evaluation using field collected data, structural analysis by finite elements, laboratory testing of bridge components and entire bridge systems, field testing of structures, and interpretation of structural performance based upon available information. The successful candidate will be comfortable with working in a structures laboratory and on a construction site installing and operating data collection instrumentation.

  • Writes reports summarizing project status and results. Assists in creating and giving presentations to project sponsors and other interested individuals. Formulate demonstrations where beneficial.

  • Develops, maintains, or works toward professional licensure by attending local, national, and international professional and academic conferences. Stays abreast of current applications of new technology to bridge engineering with the specific goal of creating cutting edge research opportunities.

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. on an on-going basis without sponsorship.

Level Guidelines• Senior-level position possessing high-level professional and/or technical skills working independently under minimal supervision to support ISU’s mission and department or work unit goals• Applies senior-level professional knowledge and expertise to work requiring greater latitude• Solves moderately complex problems and regularly exercises judgment to determine appropriate action• Regularly exercises judgment to resolve problems and determine appropriate action on a broad set of issue and problems. May provide recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices• Responds to complicated inquiries, provides training, and provides direction to lower-level staff• May provide supervision for one to two other staff (i.e., leads a small work team)• May lead projects for which well-defined practices and procedures may not exist• Provides guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:July 21, 2025

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS810

Application Instructions:To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following: 1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter If you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485. Why Choose ISU? Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: • Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans • Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) • Life insurance and long-term disability • Flexible Spending Accounts • Various voluntary benefits and discounts • Employee Assistance Program • Wellbeing program • Iowa State offers WorkFlex options for some positions. WorkFlex offers flexibility on when, where, and how you do your work. For more information, please speak with the Hiring Manager.

Original Posting Date: June 11, 2024

Posting Close Date:June 24, 2024

Job Requisition Number:R14832

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a welcoming, global, and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Campus community members have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and are committed to engaging with each other respectfully as outlined in the university's Principles of Community (https://www.iastate.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/principles-community) . Iowa State recognizes that diverse intellectual and philosophical perspectives are vital to innovation, critical thinking skills, and a dynamic academic community that fosters the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu .

If you have questions about the application process please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email employment@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources (https://www.hr.iastate.edu/careers/compensation) website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.

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