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Iowa State University Technical Project Specialist I in Ames, Iowa

Position Information:

Position Title:Technical Project Specialist I

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor's degree

Preferred Qualifications:Degree in Agricultural Systems Technology, Agricultural Engineering, or related field.

Experience with common agricultural equipment.

Experience with test fixture design and construction, including CAD and basic welding metal fabrication skills.

Experience with 12V wiring systems including electrical power, sensors, electronic data acquisition wiring.

Experience executing engineering tests and collecting data in agricultural environments.

Job Description:

The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team within the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University is accepting applications for a Technical Project Specialist I who will be responsible for supporting agricultural machinery testing and evaluation programs. The ISU Digital Agriculture Innovation Team (www.isudigitalag.org) consists of professional staff and graduate students who work closely with agricultural industry partners to develop innovative technology solutions for agriculture. The team has a strong innovation record with over 30 patents and licensed technologies.

Example of Duties

  • Experimental equipment and test fixture design and fabrication. Including design of mechanical parts using CAD and fabrication of parts using standard metal fabrication tools.

  • Electrical wiring and verification testing of prototype equipment and instrumentation. Including designing wiring harnesses, assembly and testing of harnesses, verification of sensor reading using basic digital multimeter equipment, and validation of data files.

  • Design of basic hydraulic systems. Including selection, installation, and verification testing of hydraulic systems.

  • Execution of prototype equipment test plans to produce high quality research data. Including developing test plans to meet program requirements, managing physical test execution and related logistics, and documenting test results.

  • Sharing results with team partners through written and oral communication. Including engaging in team meetings and preparing materials for external clients.

The successful candidate will

  • Manage project scope and schedule and demonstrate strong independent leadership and time management skills

  • Supervise undergraduate students to support project activities

  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently

  • Complete projects within a specified timeline

  • Communicate effectively and provide technical leadership

  • Ensure a safe working environment

  • Possess strong problem solving skills

  • Have effective time management skills

  • Possess excellent communication and organizational skills

  • He detail oriented

  • Be a motivated self-starter and possess the ability to conduct, document, and communicate research methods and results

This position provides strong work diversity in a welcoming environment. Candidates that are detail oriented, organized, and value being on a strong team are encouraged to apply. All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, integrity, and ethics. The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team offers multiple opportunities for career growth and technical development for its employees.

Level Guidelines• Individual contributor position with developing professional and/or technical skills working under immediate to general supervision• Grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode• Works on problems and issues of somewhat limited scope• Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained• Responds to inquiries and issues, escalating to manager or higher level workers as appropriate• May lead projects of limited scope and complexity• May provide guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:May 14, 2023

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS807

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email employment@iastate.edu or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: November 30, 2021

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R7002

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