Research Professional 3 – UMD Civil Engineering

University of Minnesota
July 11, 2021
Duluth, MN
Job Type


The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required Qualifications:
• BA/BS plus at least four years of experience or advanced degree and two years of experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years.
• Must be able to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis and more than 50 pounds occasionally.
• Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets, and computer aided design.
• Ability to convey clear directions to students and faculty when doing laboratory activities.
• The ability to assess potential budget impacts of purchases and activities.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Associate's or vocational/technical school degree in a related engineering field. (Minimum of 10 years verifiable field experience may be substituted for the required education.)
• Master's or Bachelor's degree in engineering
• Ability to comprehend and implement engineering principles.
• Demonstrated record of safety training and experience leading training sessions.
• Experience in welding, cutting and grinding of metals to fabricate various tools and equipment.
• Experience with hydraulic systems, dust and vapor contact, and electro-mechanical repair and troubleshooting.

Disclaimer Statement: The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this postiion, with or without notice.

About the Job

The Department of Civil Engineering is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week), continuing Civil Service Research Professional 3 (job code 8352P3).

This position will oversee the activities in the Civil Engineering Department's research and teaching labs. The individual in this position will be responsible for procurement, setup, and maintenance of equipment and materials needed to facilitate teaching and research activities with undergraduate students, graduate students, research staff, and faculty. The individual in this position will assist faculty with laboratory research and teaching needs to provide a robust academic experience for students by ensuring that all equipment is serviced and functional, all teaching assistants receive proper training, and all equipment is operating properly. The individual in this position will take the lead on departmental field and laboratory safety needs, establishing, updating, and maintaining safety protocols, leading training of all users on departmental equipment, and ensuring the field and laboratory safety protocols are followed. The individual will work with faculty and staff to design, fabricate, and maintain special use equipment and tools that enhance the capabilities of the department. This includes drafting working drawings either by hand or utilizing CAD programs. This position is responsible for working with students, faculty, and staff to maintain laboratory cleanliness, laboratory organization, and organization of general-use tools. The individual in this position will assist with on-campus civil engineering outreach functions, student chapter clubs with various events and competitions, and field-based research activities.

Major Job Duties:
Maintain and oversee departmental laboratories, including lab and field equipment (60%):
• Coordinate laboratory activities to optimize Departmental functions. Setup and dismantle laboratory equipment for teaching, research, and outreach.
• Purchase, setup, maintain, calibrate, repair, and inventory Departmental equipment.
• Gather quotes to review competitive pricing and quality for the purchase of new equipment.
• Coordinate with Facilities Management to maintain equipment function and meet required standards. Determine whether repair requires vendor support or internal support and coordinate the proper maintenance activity.
• Perform the duties of the Departmental Research Safety Officer (RSO) by providing personal protective equipment and training in the safe operation of tools and equipment. Maintain lab safety manuals, training records, and standard operating procedures. Process hazardous waste disposal in accordance with policy and regulations.

Assist faculty with special use equipment (20%)
• Design, fabricate and maintain special use equipment and tools.
• Draft working drawings either by hand or utilizing CAD programs.

Manage materials and consumables (10%)
• Procure materials and consumables needed in the laboratories.
• Properly dispose of materials and consumable supplies after use.
• Coordinate delivery of goods and services for the department. Provide or coordinate shipping and receiving activities.
• Maintain laboratory cleanliness, laboratory organization, and organization of general-use tools.

Other departmental job duties (10%)
• Assist with on-campus civil engineering outreach functions and events.
• Assist student chapter clubs with various events and competitions.
• Assist with field-based research activities.

About the Department

The Civil Engineering Department is housed in a multi-million dollar building with state of the art classrooms and laboratories for structural, materials, geotechnical, water resources, and environmental disciplines. UMD is a mid-sized regional comprehensive public University of about 12,000 students located along the shores of Lake Superior. The Civil Engineering department was established in 2008 and is a part of the third largest college (the Swenson College of Science and Engineering) in the U of M system. The department has close connections with local industries and government agencies and its applied curricula has attracted a growing number of undergraduate and graduate students since its inception. More information can be found at: .

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply, go to and search for job ID 341671. Submit the application with cover letter and CV/resume in pdf format. Applications missing any of these documents may not be reviewed.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota Duluth by the start date. Final candidates may be asked to provide additional information.

Completed applications will be reviewed beginning July 26, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Please send any inquiries to Kim Becker at 218-726-6444 or

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact MSRS or PERA for any eligibility limitations.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD) consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.

UMD is a regional comprehensive land- and sea-grant state university, one of five coordinate campuses within the State of Minnesota system and with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. SCSE is the largest college at UMD comprising approximately 3200 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, 180 faculty, and 80 permanent staff. The college includes the science departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the ABET-accredited departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. There are significant opportunities for fostering existing and creating new ties with local, regional, and national industry stakeholders.

Situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, the city of Duluth offers an enticing selection of adventures for four season outdoor enthusiasts as well as a rich variety of cultural opportunities. Metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul is less than three hours south of Duluth.

A dynamic city on a hill situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth was named Outdoor magazine's Best Outdoors Town in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior -- the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth, and the Duluth Traverse, an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town. In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a truly wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing. It mixes its historic small-town feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings.

Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the head of beautiful Lake Superior. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually, for a $780 million economic impact. More information about Duluth can be found at .

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