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Research Associate

Research Associate


Oregon State University


Department: Sch of Mech/Ind/Mfg Engr (EMM)


Appointment Type: Academic Faculty


Job Location: Corvallis


Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $80,000 - $90,000


Job Summary:


The School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the School Head.


The purpose of this position is to conduct original research within the area of metals in extreme environments. The role includes performing independent research as part of a collaborative team and assists with the research, training, and mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students.


Why OSU?


Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!


Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.




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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.


Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.


Total Rewards Package:


Oregon State University offers a with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:

Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.

Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.

Retirement savings paid by the university.

A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.

Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.

Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.


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Key Responsibilities


60% Research and Publication/DisseminationConduct original and collaborative scientific research in the field metals for extreme environments. Analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions from data and provide reporting to summarize the progress and results of projects, which may be used for publication or other dissemination. Perform background research and literature reviews. Prepare conference and journal article drafts, edit manuscripts, respond to reviewer comments, and coordinate co-author edits and responses to reviewers. Assist in preparation of proposals for new research based on research progress/findings. Assist in preparation and editing of marketing and communication materials.


30% Laboratory Management and SupportManage and support metallurgical research laboratory including software/hardware integration and testing, safety compliance, procedure documentation, supplies purchasing, equipment maintenance, repair, and calibration services. Develop, document, and maintain standard procedures for experiments. Write equipment proposals. Assist with supervision and direction for undergraduate and graduate assistants and employees on research design, experimental procedures, lab operations, and equipment use.


10% Project Management and Other Duties as AssignedIndependently monitor the timely progress towards meeting technical milestones on projects, prepare reports for sponsors, and manage equipment/supplies budgets. Attend meetings with other project collaborators. Meet with scientists and coordinate information transfer, communication, and data sharing. Depending upon availability/need, teach up to one materials science course per academic year.


What You Will Need


• Ph.D. in Materials Science or related field

• Experience performing corrosion experiments

• Excellent written and oral communication skills


This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.


What We Would Like You to Have


• Ph.D. dissertation topic relevant to metals in extreme environments

• Publication and/or presentation of research in peer-reviewed journals or at conferences

• Experience with additive manufacturing of metals

• Characterization experience with scanning electron microscopy

• A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


Working Conditions / Work Schedule


Work in a laboratory environment, some work with chemicals. Occasional weekend work for travel to conferences may be required.


Special Instructions to Applicants


To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 5/29/2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.


When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:


1) Curriculum Vitae


2) Cover Letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) Statement of Research


You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.


For additional information please contact:


Julie Tucker


OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


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