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Research Engineering Technician II (RET II), UMKC Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy, 74656

University of Missouri Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Sep 5, 2023

Job Details

Hiring Department

Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy

Job Description

The Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy within UMKC is looking to hire a Research Engineering Technician II (RET II). In this role, the successful candidate will support multiple aspects of research and development needs. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated creativity and versatility in designing solutions for complex electrical and computational problems; a curiosity and willingness to learn new methods, systems, and technologies; strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to guide less experienced team-members; strong self-motivation; the ability to work independently as well as on a team; and, capability to organize and execute on parallel assignments according to aggressive deadlines, while maintaining safety as top priority. Experience with laboratory instrumentation, computer interfacing, Matlab/Python programming, and data analysis are a plus.

The ideal team member will demonstrate :

· A passion for solving high-impact, real-world problems

· A direct, pragmatic, problem solving approach for mission-critical applied research

· The ability to operate in agile and dynamic working environments as a core team player and independent individual

· Creativity and versatility in designing, prototyping, and validating solutions for complex electrical and computational problems

· A curiosity, openness, and willingness to learn new skills, methods, systems, and technologies

· Effective verbal and written communication skills to inform and guide team-members

· Excellent organizational skills to prioritize and execute on both long-term and short parallel assignments


Work with the RF Material Measurement team to:

o Identify deficiencies and propose solutions for operational and technical needs of ongoing research activities

o Independently procure materials, parts, and instrumentation based on a solid understanding of the research objectives

o Design, build/fabricate, install, and/or repair sensitive technical equipment and components

o Independently collect and analyze experimental data

o Develop strategies to reduce systematic error

o Automate input/output feedback loops to optimally explore complex experimental parameter spaces

o Provide guidance and solutions for data collection in situations that are atypical or occur infrequently

o Provide a timely response to the needs of ongoing work, related assemblies design, and implementation

· Writing of technical summaries and/or reports as requested

· Professional interactions with students and peers through verbal and written communications

· Presenting at and meeting with students, staff, and faculty to discuss design and operation of parts and systems

· Continuous professional development and ability to complete required training

· Maintaining a safe and secure work environment

Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and at least 3 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired; and,

· Ability to hold and maintain a United States security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

· B.S. degree in mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering or 5 years of experience in a research and development environment or equivalent. Experience can come from a research institution or from research and development within an engineering or technical business where suitable experience was spent developing and testing designs and prototypes

· Experience collecting, plotting and summarizing experimentally derived data, from commercial and/or custom-built instrumentation;

· Experience or certification in soldering and electronics/electrical repair or installation;

· C++, python, Matlab, or equivalent programming experience;

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);

· Currently/recently hold/held a United States security clearance.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$19.47 - $27.38 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

UMKC offers a competitive salary, affordable medical and dental plans, 403(b) savings plan, and University paid long-term disability and life insurance benefits. For full benefit details, visit:

Application Deadline

Open until filled, review of applications to begin immediately.

Other Information

Full time, Monday–Friday, 8 am – 5 pm or comparable. Culture of flexibility is supported.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.



The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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