Research Engineer #357140

UMD   Coleraine, MN   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 8, 2023
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This position is responsible for overseeing engineering aspects of multiple research-related projects. Possesses in-depth engineering subject matter knowledge that is readily applied to project development and execution. Creates project plan in concert with team ensuring that resources and staff are in place to meet scope, schedule, and budget. Decisions are guided by policies, procedures, and business plans; and receive guidance and oversight from the manager. Required qualifications include a BA/BS in engineering or related field with at least six years of experience, or advanced degree with 4 years of experience. 

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in engineering or related field with at least six years of experience, or advanced degree with 4 years of experience. Applies knowledge and skills to a recurring task or activity with emphasis on precision and timeliness of execution. Additional specific required skills that must be proven are as follows:
    • Working experience as a project engineer.
    • Project management and supervision skills.
    • Familiarity with rules, regulations, best practices and performance standards
    • Ability to work with multidisciplinary projects.
    • Ability to communicate and work closely with team members in a research setting.
    • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, significant, projects and duties.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills; detail-oriented, strategic thinker, self-motivated and strong organizational skills.
    • Evidence of excellent written communication skills.


  • Mechanical engineering degree and Minnesota PE License.
  • Excellent knowledge of design and visualizations software such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks.
  • Advanced MS Office skills.
  • Evidence of excellent oral communication skills
  • Experience of collaborating and working effectively as a leader in a diverse and multidisciplinary team environment.

About the Department
The Natural Resources Research Institute was established by the Minnesota legislature in 1983 as an applied science and engineering research organization to inform state citizens and decision-makers while leveraging the power of the University of Minnesota. NRRI is guided by the forward-looking charter provided by the Legislature to foster the economic development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment.

NRRI’s mission is to deliver integrated research solutions that value our resources, environment, and economy for a sustainable and resilient future. We are a mission-driven, project-focused team working to create opportunities for natural resource stewardship.
With industrial-scale facilities in Duluth and Coleraine, MN, NRRI works across five strategic research platforms. These platforms address Minnesota’s soil, forest, water, and mineral resources:
1. Applied Ecology and Resource Management
2. Minerals and Metallurgy
3. Materials and Bioeconomy
4. Data Collection and Delivery
5. Commercialization Services

About NRRI Coleraine Labs:
Situated near Minnesota’s minerals and forestry resource-based industries, NRRI’s Coleraine Lab is a world-renowned center for minerals and biomass conversion and their connections to land, forest, and water resources. NRRI Coleraine possesses the facilities, equipment, and highly qualified staff to conduct applied research for private and public sector clients in Minnesota, North America and around the world. The lab has a wide range of equipment for conducting studies at both laboratory (grams/pounds) and pilot scales (tons). Laboratory and pilot scale capabilities include mineral characterization, mineral processing, metallurgy, and biomass conversion to energy and agronomic products.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


Coleraine , MN