Research Technologist

May 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position:

Coordinate with faculty, students, and technologist regarding instrumentation for test setups and operation of testing equipment.  Oversee care, maintenance, setup calibration and operation of experimental instrumentation for both on and off campus labs as well as classroom demonstrations.  Create and maintain laboratory equipment and chemical inventory and maintain Civil Engineering department asset list.  Develop laboratory equipment training program for the safe and proper use of research equipment.  Driving to and from work sites and occasional pickup/delivery of miscellaneous items and equipment. 


The Department:  Established in 1907, the Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University has a rich tradition of teaching excellence coupled with interdisciplinary and collaborative research. The department offers an ABET accredited BS degree, as well as MS and PhD programs, and participates in the university’s off-campus master’s degree program.  The department currently has 15 faculty positions, enrolls approximately 300 undergraduate students and 70 graduate students.  Active research and teaching programs exist in the areas of environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation/materials, and water resources engineering.  The department is currently housed in a new, state-of-the-art building (Fiedler Hall) with excellent laboratories for research and teaching. Related opportunities exist to work with industry in the Kansas City area at K-State's Olathe Innovation Campus. Several centers and multidisciplinary programs exist to facilitate collaboration ( The department has nationally recognized ASCE and Chi Epsilon Student Chapters. Additional information is available at

 The University: The department plays an integral role in K-State’s College of Engineering, which is the largest and most comprehensive engineering college in Kansas with a strong commitment to diversity and enrollment of approximately 3,876 undergraduates and 472 graduate students ( The College of Engineering is undergoing rapid expansion and will be hiring 35 additional faculty over the next five years.  K-State is a Land Grant University and is designated a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Intensive Institution and has been ranked among the top state and private institutions of higher education in Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars since 1986. Current enrollment is over 24,000 students.  K-State has been selected as the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF); this $1.25 billion research facility will provide research infrastructure to protect the country’s food supply and agriculture economy.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's Degree in related field (or work equivalent). Must have two or more years of relevant work experience. Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with computerized equipment control and data acquisition, ideally in the application of experimental testing Proficient in Word and Excel 2 years of experience in materials testing or associates degree in a related field Valid driver’s license BS or MS preferred Experience with MTS Experience in testing engineering materials Physical Activity:

Working in a laboratory setting.  Considerate care for testing equipment and precision instruments.  Position requires moderate physical exertion to manipulate heavy and unwieldy components. Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit cover letter, resume`, and contact information for three references.

Screening of Applications Begins:

June 12, 2017

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$34,071 to $57,921 $16.38-$27.85/hr

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.