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CIEST Engineering Project Manager

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 18, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Engineering, Other Science & Technology
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Center for Infrastructure, Energy, and Space Testing (CIEST) at CU Boulder, in affiliation with the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) department, is seeking candidates for an Engineering Project Manager position to support a 3-year Department of Energy research project targeting state-of-the-art restoration technologies for critical infrastructure. Administered under the Advanced Research Projects-Agency (ARPA-E), REPAIR will establish a framework of physical testing and modeling to enhance the performance and longevity of existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure. This project will span multiple universities and intersect with stakeholders across gas utilities and regulatory agencies to translate the developed knowledge and technologies into engineering practice.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are
A successful applicant will join a multidisciplinary research team of engineers utilizing the broad testing capabilities of CIEST, which includes the Geotechnical Centrifuge, Structural Dynamics, and Materials Testing Laboratories. Under common management, the Center makes its outstanding testing capabilities and research personnel available to academic, government, and industry users from a wide variety of engineering and earth science fields.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Direct operations of an applied research project to ensure scientific milestones and impact are achieved in accordance with sponsor expectations.
  • Advise PIs and Department Research Administrators (DRAs) in the execution of Statements of Work (SOW), establishment of a critical-path, project budget, and project outcomes.
  • Act as the primary resource for PI in drafting stakeholder communication plans, annual reports, and event management.
  • Act as a primary contact for university, regulatory and government partners, and proactively communicate project risks/obstacles to internal leadership and external stakeholders; develop appropriate risk mitigation strategies and plans.
  • Manage the cost and schedule aspects of the project in coordination with PI and technical teams. In addition, ensure project operations are compliant with university policy and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee performance of multiple subcontracts and vendors. This includes coordinating operations between subcontractors spanning multiple time-zones and creating a culture of inclusion for all scientific and administrative partners.
  • Implementation and oversight of laboratory safety procedures and associated training of staff and students.
  • Oversight of project/laboratory operations, working with staff and students to complete project milestones.

What You Should Know

This position is secured for one year with a possible extension based on performance and the availability of funds.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $65,000 - $80,000 annually.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements
Be engaged. Be collaborative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution.
  • 5 years of Project Management experience in engineering or construction projects, academic/industry research, or related experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work and communicate optimally and professionally with diverse groups of students, researchers, industry representatives, and faculty.
  • Attention to detail, workmanship, quality, efficiency, and safety procedures.
  • Ability to identify / establish / and manage critical path activities.
  • Customer-service oriented approach for managing internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated high-level administration and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work within a complex, dynamic, matrixed structure across colleges and university administration.
  • Curiosity and interest in engineering problems and associated academic research.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate degree in structural, materials science, geotechnical, electrical, mechanical, aerospace, computer science, or other engineering disciplines.
  • PMP or similar credentials.
  • Experience with programing and operation of servo-controlled hydraulics including high-speed dynamic and/or shake table applications.
  • Instrumentation, electronics, and programing experience with various sensors, data acquisition, and/or signal processing including experimental design and interpretation.
  • Software experience in LabVIEW, MatLAB, MTS suites, Excel, CAD, Solidworks, DIC, etc.
  • Basic understanding of FAR, Uniform Guidance and relevant OMB Circulars.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Optional: Proof of Degree
    • If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for one reference who will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Questions about CIEST or the job? Contact: Brad P. Wham, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor and Managing Director of CIEST:

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Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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