Principal Research Scientist/Engineer I,II,III,IV,V,VI,VII (Huntsville)



Position Details

Requisition Number S239P Home Org Name Engineering Administration Division Name Samuel Ginn Col of Engineering Position Title Principal Research Scientist/Engineer I,II,III,IV,V,VI,VII (Huntsville) Job Class Code HU01A-F Appointment Status Full-time Part-time FTE Limited Term Yes Limited Term Length 2 year limited term appointment, continuation of employment will be contingent upon availability of funding Job Summary

This is a pool posting for future vacancies in this job classification. Applications will be considered active for a period of six months from the posting date

These Openings are in Huntsville, AL

The Auburn University Huntsville Research Center ( AUHRC ) and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are seeking candidates for multiple positions of Principal Research Scientist/Engineer VI/ VII in anticipation of securing contract funding in multiple areas of engineering and science to include fields such as modeling and simulation; systems engineering and integration; cyber security engineering; critical infrastructure protection; advanced manufacturing; additive manufacturing; materials science and engineering; assured position, navigation and timing; propulsion systems and project management on multiple programs funded by government and private industry. These positions will be located in Huntsville, Alabama and will report to the Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering. The successful candidates may also work with leaders of other units such as Auburn’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, Cyber Research Center, National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, and the Huntsville Research Center to identify and develop potential research sponsors in the strategic focus areas of Auburn University research.

Major responsibilities include providing technical expertise, through the various Auburn programs in subjects such as those listed above directly to government and industry sponsors.

The successful candidate will provide technical support for one or more of the following types of activities:

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to senior leaders in government and industry related to subjects such as cyber security threats and subsequent threat mitigation strategies and methods.

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to senior leaders in government and industry related to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure systems (energy, water, transportation, food, commerce, etc.).

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to industry and government sponsors in the broad areas of modeling, simulation, and systems engineering and integration.

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to senior leaders in government and industry related to additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and advanced materials.

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to senior leaders in government and industry related to vehicle dynamics and assured position, navigation, and timing.

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to NASA and industry senior leaders in payload integration including requirement definition and verification / validation of potential exploration payloads.

Provide Subject Matter Expertise to NASA and industry senior leaders in development and integration of NASA’s launch vehicles and exploration programs.

Collaborate with the nation’s community of industry, government, and academia on national policy and technology that affects various defense, aerospace, manufacturing, and related industry sectors along with federal, state, and local government agencies.

Essential Functions

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

Conducts contract research and creates progress and final reports as necessary; provides technical management of research contracts and oversees the content and timeliness of contract deliverables.

Develops research proposals and budgets.

Coordinates research opportunities between Auburn University faculty and staff, local government agencies, and private industries.

Initiates and cultivates relationships with agencies and industries in order to build research and educational programs for Auburn University.

Establishes and grows research funding for Auburn University by pursuing local opportunities.

Interfaces with Auburn University faculty and staff to build an in-depth knowledge of on-campus research capabilities.

Candidate may supervise employees but supervision is not the main focus of the job; responsibilities could include training, mentoring, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion or other employment decisions.


Education Level PhD from an accredited institution Field of Study

Engineering, science, management information science ( MIS ), or related technical field.

Years of Experience Level I no experience Area of Experience

Engineering and research practices and principles or science-based programs

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Level II- 2 years of professional experience;

Level III - 4 years of professional experience;

Level IV- 6 years of professional experience;

Level V- 8 years of professional experience;

Level VI- 10 years of professional experience;

Level VII -12 years of professional experience;


Education Level Field of Study Years of Experience Candidates with a Bachelor's or Master's degree may substitute relevant experience toward the PhD requirement at the rate of two (2) years relevant experience per year of required education Area of Experience

Engineering and research practices and principles or science-based programs

Requirements for Additional Job Levels
Minimum Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of contracts, grants, budget, accounting, and finance principles is required. Technical knowledge in advanced systems engineering or cyber security related research projects and programs is required.

Minimum Technology Skills Minimum License and Certifications
Desired Qualifications

Extensive experience with government agencies or industry in engineering or science-based applications. Additional years of combined experience in planning, directing, executing, and integrating the work and resources of government agency/industry projects or programs; experience in business planning and development including developing key strategic partnership and relationships with Industry, government and research Institutions; excellent interpersonal communications skills.


Salary Grade H32 Salary Range $68,700 - $282,600 Job Category Engineering Working Hours if Non-Traditional List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position Posting Date 05/22/2020 Closing Date EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants Quick Link for Internal Postings http://www.auemployment.com/postings/7188 Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Curriculum Vitae
Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
    • AU Employment website
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    • Listserv
    • HR email
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    • Other
  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have a PhD from an accredited institution in Engineering, science, management information science (MIS), or related technical field?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you possess in engineering and research practices and principles, or science-based programs?

    (Open Ended Question)



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