Research Engineer Associate/CAER

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Job TitleResearch Engineer Associate/CAERRequisition NumberRE24653Working TitleDepartment Name40550:Ctr For Applied Energy ResWork LocationLexington, KYGrade Level46Salary Range$49,254-81,266/yearType of PositionStaffPosition Time Status Full-TimeRequired Education


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Physical Requirements

Standing or walking with objects up to 25lbs; Sitting at computer workstation for extended periods; Repetitive motion tasks; Job-related travel
Exposure to: Risk of injuries from use of equipment on the job; Loud noises; Hazardous chemicals and fumes including waste; Temperature extremes; Burns; Cuts/Punctures


Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and occasional evenings and weekends.

Job Summary

Over the past 30 years the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research [CAER] has built up an outstanding research program directed to high-value carbon materials, including polymer-derived fibers and composites. CAER is staffing up its materials program and seeks one or more research engineers at the Assistant, Associate, Senior or Principal levels. The engineer will join a team primarily responsible polymer solution spinning process trials to produce polymer precursor fiber, followed by its conversion to high strength carbon fiber. The engineer will be involved in precursor fiber spinning, oxidation, and carbonization processing. Additionally, the engineer will work closely with the overall team, conducting a variety of fiber characterization techniques including SEM, x-ray scattering, density, thermal and mechanical analyses.
Applicants for the research engineer position will preferably have experience in materials, chemical (or related) engineering, including experience in solution spinning and/or other polymer processing techniques, process control systems, materials characterizations, safety and engineering; strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated record of teamwork, adaptability, innovation and initiative; and the ability to work well with all levels of personnel throughout CAER’s laboratories.

There are currently 4 Research Engineer positions available with in CAER. One each at the Assistant, Associate, Senior and Principal levels. We encourage you to review and apply for each position that you would like to be considered. One application will not be considered for all 4 openings.
To review and apply for all 4 positions, reference the following job numbers:
RE24651 – Research Engineer Assistant/CAER
RE24653 – Research Engineer Associate/CAER
RE24668 – Research Engineer Senior/CAER
RE24676 – Research Engineer Principal/CAER

Skills / Knowledge / AbilitiesDoes this position have supervisory responsibilities? NoPreferred Education/Experience


Deadline to Apply10/25/2020University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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    Posted: 10/6/2020
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