Engineer 1
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH

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POSITION OBJECTIVE

Under general supervision, perform specific engineering aspects of an ARPA-E sponsored research program on the iron flow battery. The objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate a slurry electrode for a de-coupled all iron flow battery for large scale energy storage. The engineer will be largely responsible for planning and executing experiments to develop the foundation to make go or no-go decisions to further develop this technology. The research is aligned with the energy thrust of the university and the Case School of Engineering.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Work closely with the co-principal investigators in planning and executing experiments that directly relate to understanding the technology performance and its limits of performance.

Analyze data, develop correlations, and compare to similar results for the literature.

Prepare written and oral reports on the results and place them in context of program’s goals and milestones.

Design and implement automated test equipment in response to the program needs for life-cycle testing.

Revise economic estimates of the technology incorporating new data as it becomes available, and work with suppliers to develop price estimates for components.

Maintain the laboratory inventory of materials required to conduct the research plan. Assist the co-principal investigators in tracking expenditures to ensure the project remains on schedule and on budget.

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Practice safe laboratory working habits and will maintain the laboratory housekeeping and safety conditions.

Work with students.

Plan travel.

Give tours of the lab and give presentations on occasion.

Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS

Department: The incumbent will be discussing research approaches and results with faculty and staff on a continuous basis. The incumbent will have frequent contact with department staff regarding purchase orders and travel arrangements. The incumbent will have moderate contact with other department staff and faculty researchers on collaborations and sharing of equipment.

University: the incumbent will be in moderate contact with purchasing, facilities and maintenance, and Safety Services.

External: The incumbent will be in occasional contact with sponsor technical program manager and infrequent contact with administrative functions.

Students: Incumbent will be in contact and collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students on a continuous basis. The incumbent will be supervising undergraduate student researchers.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

The incumbent will be supervising undergraduate student researchers.

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: 0 to 3 years of experience.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor degree in engineering.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Basic understanding of chemical engineering and chemistry.

The position requires basic laboratory skills and hands-on laboratory work.

Good communication and interpersonal skills will also be required.

Ability to think clearly about hypothesis, experimental data, and how to address technical questions through an appropriate design of experiments.

Familiarity with Labview programming for data acquisition and control of experiments is required.

A basic understanding of flow battery technology would be desirable but not essential.

Must be able to use spread sheets and present results in understandable formats.

Must be able to work with others and be collaborative.

A basic understanding of inventory control is desired but not essential.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbent will be working in a chemical laboratory. Light lifting of equipment and packages will be required. Proper use of goggles and safety equipment will be required. Long hours may be required to prepare, set-up, and monitor experiments. Occasional weekend monitoring of experiments may be required. Some travel may be required to visit vendors and/or sponsor.

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Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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