This position has primary responsibility for the structural research and testing work of the TallWood Design Institute. The TDI Structural Testing Coordinator (STC) will work closely with researchers and students in a collaborative manner to carry out scholarly activities that extend our knowledge of the performance of structural wood products and systems. Leveraging a strong knowledge of structural testing, the incumbent will make independent day-to-day decisions regarding key elements of research, methodology, analytical protocols, and experimental procedures, and will promote a culture of innovation by proposing, creating and implementing new protocols for lab analysis and experimental methodology.
During the course of his/her work the STC will design, assemble, troubleshoot, and supervise a wide variety of structural testing experiments, and will operate and maintain an inventory of related scientific apparatus and lab equipment. The STC will also provide support for the advanced fabrication research, demonstration and teaching activities of the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab. The incumbent will model and promote the highest standards in safe operating practices for industrial laboratory settings.
The TallWood Design Institute, hosted at the Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, in collaboration with the OSU College of Engineering and University of Oregon College of Design, brings together a one-of-a-kind collaboration that includes the top wood science, timber engineering and architecture programs in the U.S. to focus on development of innovative wood products and building systems. The Institute actively partners with building design professionals, engineers, building contractors and wood products manufacturers to carry out applied research, create education and training programs, and support product development and testing of structural wood building materials and systems. In support of the Institute’s mission, the College of Forestry is building the 14,200 sq. ft. A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, which will house wood products fabrication machines and a large structural testing facility and will open in May 2019. This position will support the activities of the lab, primarily structural testing and structural engineering research.
30% – Design Work, Configuration of Research Equipment
- Working with faculty members, graduate students and industry collaborators as appropriate, design and cost out structural testing experiments and identify equipment requirements at the proposal/project design stage.
- Design and develop data acquisition systems, hardware and software systems to meet project needs, including testing and documenting systems. Use computer software including spreadsheets, word processing, statistical analysis and graphics programs to analyze and draw conclusions from the data collected, prepare reports and presentation materials. Collaboratively or independently prepare reports, author or co-author scholarly publications, and present scientific findings at workshops and conferences.
- Implement design, estimate cost, procure materials, construct and/or supervise construction and provide quality assurance for the complex false work and forming systems required for construction of large and full-scale, multifaceted wood structures and wood building components. This includes column/cap beam connections, abutment/girder interfaces and composite beam/column/deck systems.
- Implement design, estimate cost, procure materials, fabricate or supervise fabrication of and provide quality assurance, construct and/or supervise construction for all required test support systems, including high force steel guidance and lateral restraint systems necessary in maintaining linear displacement of test articles.
- Implement design, fabricate and/or install guying systems, post-tensioning fixtures and chairs. Install slip-critical bolted connections for the attachment of hydraulic load application to test article, including torque-tension calibration of high strength fasteners utilizing pressure load cell.
- Implement design and fabricate or have fabricated, utilizing a variety of materials, fixtures and brackets required for various test instrumentation devices, including linear potentiometers, load pressure and displacement transducers.
- Oversee modifications to hydraulic systems as required for rapidly changing parameters of experimental research projects, including start up and shut down of main station controls and control distribution via multi-station valve system.
- Monitor and maintain hydraulic pump and electrical generator systems and large-scale, dynamic servo-hydraulic actuator test systems.
30% – Laboratory Duties
- Coordinate the planning, design, construction, setup, testing and breakdown of all research projects. Allocate manpower, laboratory space and equipment, working closely with the Technical Manager. Independently create protocols for lab analysis and processes.
- Oversee laboratory development, accommodating the introduction of new faculty into the experimental test facilities by setting up suitable space and research test equipment, and also by identifying and procuring new laboratory support equipment and maintenance of laboratory resources including infrastructure, test equipment and support equipment, working with the Technical Manager.
- Work with the Technical Manager to schedule and coordinate the simultaneous activity of multiple projects.
- Operate equipment in the laboratory as necessary to support research projects and training and education activities
- Coordinate and enforce safety programs, providing a safe environment for all laboratory personnel, ensuring all equipment is in safe working order, and work with the Technical Manager to provide training as required for all laboratory personnel.
20% – Conduct experiments
- Working alone or with faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate assistants, and other pertinent researchers, set up, operate, and collect data for experiments involving wood and construction engineering materials and systems. Travel to remote areas to carry out, support field research/testing, and supervise data collection as required.
20% – Supervision
- Responsible for directing, supporting, and providing daily instruction and oversight of the laboratory activities of graduate assistants, undergraduate student employees and industry collaborators.
A Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, Civil or Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent field.
Two years of experience designing, fabricating, testing, operating and maintaining new, experimental equipment, instruments, and systems in a research laboratory or similar setting.
Experience using hydraulic pumps and actuator, AutoCad or Solidworks, and Labview or similar data acquisition software.
Knowledge of fabrication materials and construction methods for wood and metal, and machine shop experience.
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Experience working with diverse user groups such as undergraduates, graduate students, high school interns, industry collaborators and trainees.
Experience providing safety training and enforcing safety rules in a lab environment.
A demonstrable commitment to creating and promoting a healthy and equitable working environment in which diversity is valued.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Experience with design and evaluation of electronic instrumentation including strain, force, temperature and pressure measurement.
Previous research experience in a university environment.
Ability to operate woodworking equipment such as planer/molder, rip saw, chop saw, CLT press and CNC router (experience is preferred; however training can be supplied if necessary).
Experience with preparation of scholarly articles and presentations related to structural engineering research and testing, and presenting them in person.
Experience supervising the hands-on technical research of students and graduate students.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
- This position is required to work in a lab/manufacturing environment with large machinery, with some office/computing work.
- The ability to lift up to 60 pounds of project materials is required.
- This position typically works an 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. work schedule. However, evening and/or weekend work may be required to meet project deadlines.
- The ability to travel as needed to meet with industry partners and other external stakeholders is required.
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number P02916UF
Starting Salary: $67,620 - $70,000
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 06/15/2019
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 04/15/2019
Full Consideration Date
Closing Date 05/15/2019
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
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You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
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This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
|Job Title:||Structural Testing Coordinator|
|Opening Date:||April 15th 2019|
|Closing Date:||May 13th 2019|
|Job Type:||Research, Technical|