Staff Research Associate (9613C) Job 27532 - PRC

San Francisco
Aug 16, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Staff Research Associate (9613C) Job 27532 - PRC
About Berkeley
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 9/11/19

Departmental Overview
The University of California Pavement Research Center carries out leading-edge research on a wide range of pavement-related issues. With facilities at both UC Davis and UC Berkeley, the UCPRC provides field and laboratory data, analysis, tools, recommendations, and knowledge to practitioners and decision-makers that include Caltrans, FHWA, FAA, CalRecycle, CARB, and local governments in the areas of:
  • Environmental impacts of pavements
  • Pavement asset management
  • Pavement design, materials selection, and construction quality

    The Staff Associate Researcher will contribute engineering, technical and organizational assistance to the operation of the Materials Laboratory of the UC Pavement Research Center located in Richmond, CA. The Center researches the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of pavements. Experiments include analyses of component materials, design structures, and new ways of testing materials, including the use of prototype equipment. This position will learn and apply proficiency in standard laboratory practices as well as AASHTO and Caltrans procedures to test pavement materials and fabricate pavement specimens.

    100% Duties will include:

  • Preparing concrete and asphalt laboratory samples and specimens according to experimental protocols.
  • Maintaining inventories of materials and specimens and performing quality checks.
  • Under direct supervision, the position may assist in engineering and mathematical analysis of experimental data, using spreadsheets and statistical software.
  • Field sampling and testing of pavements and pavement materials.
  • The position is expected to learn and apply safe laboratory and shop practices.
  • Will work independently after training and may lead student employees.

    Required Qualifications
    *Must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience, preferably in civil engineering.
    *Familiarity with equipment in a laboratory setting.
    *Cooperative, highly motivated and team-oriented individual with strong organizational and problem-solving skills, attention to detail and thoroughness in work product, who will keep industry-standard records.
    *Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of faculty, staff, students, researchers (both domestic & international), and industrial partners while demonstrating tact and diplomacy are also necessary as the job will require working in a group environment with frequent interruptions.
    *Proven ability to take initiative in implementing, maintaining, and improving lab and office operations.
    *Proven ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
    *The capability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
    *Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    *Excellent work ethic.
    *Proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel.
    *Willingness to learn new laboratory techniques and procedures is essential.
    *The candidate must adhere to all campus and EH&S safety policies.

    Preferred Qualifications
    *B.S. or above in Civil Engineering, or a related field.
    *Previous experience managing multiple projects minimum of one year.
    *Experience in managing databases.
    *General knowledge of UC system as well as of University policies and procedures.

    Salary & Benefits
    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

    *The hourly salary range designated for this position: $21.36 - $25.49; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

    How to Apply
    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

    Conviction History Background
    This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

    Mandated Reporter
    This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

    Equal Employment Opportunity
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