Senior Research Engineer- Fire & Explosion

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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BLST - Test It

At UL, we know why we come to work.

The UL Solutions Fire R&D team is seeking a candidate for a technically rewarding position at the Northbrook, IL, USA location. The successful candidate will perform laboratory-based and theoretical research work to advance UL's service offerings and address customer needs, focusing on fire and explosion hazards. Such hazards include novel refrigerant and other flammable gases, and explosion hazards related to stationary and portable energy storage systems. This role is best suited for an individual who thrives within a highly collaborative work environment and one who is adept at written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills.


Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:


  • Utilize knowledge of engineering concepts to research tasks including test method development, apparatus development, and various applied research tasks
  • Conduct research using physical and computational test methods ranging from bench scale to full scale
  • Conduct literature reviews to analyze data and test results to determine causes of problems and develop solutions
  • Develop project proposals and lead research projects
  • Perform measurements with wide range of instrumentation and understand the principles of operation to ensure appropriate application and calibration
  • Stay ahead of changing technology and industry trends by reading academic journals and industry publications
  • Write technical reports and present content to a variety of venues
  • Research focus to include deflagrations, battery hazards, as well as traditional fire protection engineering


What makes you a great fit


  • Positive and collaborate work ethic
  • High degree of curiosity and problem solving skills to address technical challenges
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including research reports, white papers, journal articles and conference proceedings for a variety of audiences
  • Ability to manage projects of short and long term scale with a focus on customer and industry needs for both internal and external customers
  • Ability to participate and lead hands on laboratory work; working knowledge of modeling/simulation tools useful if paired with hands-on abilities

What makes you a great fit:

  • Advanced degree in chemical, fire protection, or mechanical engineering, or other related discipline plus 7 years related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research projects and communicate results through technical writing and presenting
  • Established ability to build and maintain working relationships with technical and business colleagues, both within and outside the organization. 
  • Demonstrated experience in deflagration testing, battery fire research, and analysis of fire phenomena
  • Direct or relevant experience with fire- and explosion-related hazards of lithium-ion batteries (and/or other energy storage technologies), renewables, and/or flammable refrigerants preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain theoretical and applied engineering skills
  • Proficiency with MS office as well as data acquisition software 
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

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