Electric Power Systems Laboratory Research Associate

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Energy Institute is operated under the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at Colorado State University. The Institute builds on the long history of work in energy at CSU and is intended to foster greater collaboration among energy faculty across all eight colleges with broad access to new facilities for faculty and industry partners. This position resides at Powerhouse Energy Campus (PEC), an energy focused campus north of CSU main campus. This is an industrial working environment. The Institute is dedicated to providing safe, secure, and sophisticated facilities for university investigators and industry partners to collaboratively research clean energy in all facets of society.

Position Summary

The Electric Power Systems Laboratory Research Associate will be the primary engineering point of contact for the Small Village Microgrid Laboratory and provide engineering expertise as a resource in support of the Senior Research Associate for all associated programs and projects. This position will develop and conduct experiments relating to small power systems, including both AC and DC powered microgrids, building energy systems, power electronic equipment, and other small power equipment.

Required Job Qualifications

  • BS in a Science or Engineering field
  • Journeyman or higher electrical license
  • Strong knowledge of electrical industry standards and code including ability to safely wire building scale electrical circuits both AC/DC
  • Demonstrated knowledge with electrical and data infrastructure
    -Experience selecting components
    -Provide high quality engineering documentation (circuit one-lines, bills of material, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience with:
    - Low voltage industrial control systems and wiring
    - Data acquisition and processing of data
    - Extensive knowledge of power systems engineering principles, standard practices, and industry standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with range of personnel in research setting
  • Physical capability to lift up to 75Ibs on a daily basis.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities under tight deadlines
  • High level of computer mastery (MS Office Suite)
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to use expertise and experience to make judgment calls under pressure
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scientific programming language such as MATLAB
  • High degree of efficiency and accuracy

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category SVM Laboratory Test Cells Operation Duty/Responsibility

Responsible for the daily operation of the small village microgrid laboratory test cells and supporting equipment

Knowledge and maintenance of all small village microgrid laboratory test cells equipment

Responsible for inventory of consumables during laboratory testing (calibration gases, pressure and temperature sensors, cabling, etc.)

Percentage Of Time 40 Job Duty Category SVM Test Cell Duty/Responsibility

Design and fabricate electrical test apparatus employing knowledge and expertise in safe and relevant engineering principles

Conduct experiments, analyze and interpret test data, provide recommendations to Senior Research Associate for design changes in products being tested.

Document test results, procedures, and laboratory configurations.

Provide accurate project cost and scope of work estimates to sponsors.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category General Electrical and Research Support Duty/Responsibility

Assist as needed in the installation of new research equipment including but not limited to controls, wiring, sensors, lighting, pumps, valves, etc.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

Supervise undergraduate and graduate students as needed

Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses the required and preferred qualifications, a current resume, a single PDF document which contains all your combined license/certifications, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License

Search Contact Kristine Bennett; kristine.bennett@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.