Research Engineering Technician II, Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy, 76698

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 20, 2021

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

Hiring Department

Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy(KMIDE)

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 for a counter unmanned aerial vehicle group. 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.Duties - Design a long term cost effective laser solution for OSPRES source development - Troubleshoot and identify improvements in optics and optical designs based on skills and experience with lasers and optics - Help to define short term solutions to laser needs and requirements - Organizing and performing highly complex/skilled work in designing, constructing, installation, and/or repair of technical equipment and components - Independent collection and analysis of experimental data as requested - Performing equipment installation/commissioning, preventative maintenance, and troubleshooting - Providing guidance and solutions for data collection in situations that are atypical or occur infrequently - Provide a timely response to the needs of ongoing work, related assemblies design, and implementation - Identifying deficiencies and proposing solutions for operational and technical needs of research activities - Independently procuring materials, parts, and instruments based on solid understanding of the needs and objectives of the research - 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 2 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 and at least 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 home built instrumentation;
  • Use of high voltage or high power measurement equipment
  • Compact pulsed power systems test and evaluation
  • Antenna patter and power measurements
  • Prior experience in picosecond time scale measurement equipment
  • Experience or certification in soldering and electronics/electrical repair or installation;
  • Strong LabVIEW, C++, python, or equivalent programming experience;
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint);
  • Currently/recently hold/held a United States security clearance.
Full Time/Part Time

Full Time


Salary $19.47 - $27.38 hourly

UMKC offers a competitive salary, affordable medical and dental plans, 403(b) savings plan, and University paid long-term disability and life insurance benefits. Full benefit details may be found at:


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

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled

Application Instructions

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.


The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area and the only public research university in our community. We offer more than 125 academic areas serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states and 85+ countries. UMKC grads are everywhere! And they’ve gone on to find success throughout the Kansas City community and beyond.

UMKC has a strategic plan with five pillars: provide exceptional student learning, success and experience; become a thriving discovery enterprise; transform our community and region with impactful engagement; foster an environment of invigorating multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion; and develop a strong and resilient people, process and physical infrastructure.

We are building a community in which we support each other, learn from each other and grow together. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for students and the university.

UMKC is proud to be one of this region’s premier institutions of higher education and our people are our most valuable asset. To deliver on our goals, we are committed to helping all UMKC Kangaroos become their best selves while striving for excellence in everything they do.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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UMKC Statement on Diversity

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion .

Roos Advocate for Community Change

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Annual Report

Multicultural Student Affairs

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