Research Engineer

Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division

GS-07F-6087P

QUALIFICATIONS:   A research engineer must have satisfied the requirements of the entry-level engineer position and have two years of technical experience or its equivalent. A Master's degree plus one year of experience, or a Doctorate with no experience is considered equivalent. The individual should demonstrate a meaningful level of technical accomplishments. Completion of the SwRI promotion and project management courses is desirable.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs work involving conventional investigations within an engineering specialty; designs experiments, surveys, structures, software, and equipment applying standard scientific and engineering theories, concepts, and techniques and for which precedents have been established. Tests materials and engineering and scientific designs for conformance to specifications. Conducts process and analytical studies and models scientific phenomenon and problems using available engineering software. Identifies ideas for new projects, participates in their promotion, and contributes to improving project and promotional work processes. Establishes working relationships with clients consistent with project and promotional opportunities; prepares, presents, and follows up on research proposals; prepares and presents research reports to clients, and leads at least two successful proposals during tenure. Supervises or coordinates the work of drafters, technicians, and other technical and administrative support staff assigned to specific projects. Serves as phase manager on major projects and as project manager on projects of limited scope and complexity, and demonstrates the ability to meet project/phase technical costs and schedule objectives. Presents, publishes, or co-authors at least two technical papers during tenure. Develops proficiency in writing and verbal presentation skills and mastery of computer software common to technical field or specialization. Obtains professional engineering registration or other similar credentials. Develops expertise in working in, and organizing project teams. Deals regularly with other researchers throughout the Institute. Maintains membership in at least one professional society and seeks opportunities to participate on technical committees.

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