Research Engineer III or Senior Research Engineer

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 068802 - CAVS Extension
Location: Lowndes County
Categories: Professional
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Position Function:

Mississippi State University is seeking a Research Engineer at their CAVS Extension satellite office located in the Golden Triangle area. The exact title and rank will depend on the candidate’s education and experience.

Salary Grade

Research Engineer III: 17
Senior Research Engineer: 18

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.  

Department Profile:

The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension (CAVS-E), headquartered in Canton, MS, maintains a strong interaction with industry and is focused on providing engineering services to manufacturing-based industries. Major activities include teaching professional development workshops, conducting on-site projects and technology transfer. The center's ultimate objective is to assist the state in technology based economic development through projects and training with MS companies.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

March 2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The individual serves under the general direction of the Director of CAVS-Extension located in Canton, MS. The following describes the general duties and responsibilities required of the position.

1. Perform engineering activities in support of industrial clients and the needs of other key public sector stakeholders to support expanding economic development activities within the state and region.
2. Candidate must have expertise in an engineering discipline with a strong emphasis on the application of engineering principles within the context of advanced manufacturers.
3. Knowledge and expertise in the application of Lean and/or Six Sigma principles in the manufacturing environment.
4. Manages multiple projects to successful completion. This includes the use of project and resource planning techniques to ensure projects are completed timely and efficiently.
5. Plans, schedules, conducts, or coordinates detailed phases of the work on major projects or provides a supporting role to others on projects.
6. Stays abreast of new technical methods and developments affecting the unit for the purpose of recommending improvements or developing new programs.
7. Develop and enhance relationships with potential clients including private industry, state, and federal agencies.
8. May initiate new project concepts and seek funding.
9. Develops technical proposals and makes presentations to potential customers/sponsors.
10. Participate in major funding proposal preparation.
11. Publish results, as appropriate, in technical reports, popular literature (e.g., business journals, economic development articles, and websites), and refereed publications (e.g., conference proceedings and journal articles).

Minimum Qualifications:

Research Engineer III
B.S. in engineering or computer science; Four years of professional experience in a related area; requires two years at previous level or equivalent.

Senior Research Engineer
B.S. in engineering or computer science; Six or more years of professional experience in a related area; requires two years at previous level or equivalent.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online at by submitting a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation; and a copy of your current transcripts. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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