Research Engineer I

US-IL-Northbrook
Job ID
2017-5606
# of Openings
1
Job Category
Engineering

Overview

Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World. At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose – to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.

 

The successful candidate will have strong technical foundation in applying research expertise to real-world problems in safety science, simultaneously advancing safety science and improving UL’s business competitiveness. The Research Engineer will be flexible in learning and applying technical knowledge sometimes outside their area of expertise, regularly collaborate and engage with business leaders, technical and non-technical colleagues, laboratory staff, and outside customers and partners in industry, government, and academia. This candidate is expected to have an enthusiasm to work hands-on in the laboratory and show creativity in their technical work. They must be comfortable in speaking to diverse technical and non-technical groups located globally.

Responsibilities

  • Identifies fundamental knowledge needed to enhance UL’s industry and standards position and support the strategy of the aligned categories.
  • Serves as the primary source for fundamental engineering research, and acts as an in-house and outside consultant
  • Applies intensive and diverse knowledge of engineering technology and systems engineering concepts to the specific research tasks.
  • Exercises a high degree of judgment in formulating, evaluating, and correlating broad engineering research concepts and guiding the analysis of unique problems and developing new and improved techniques and methods.
  • Analyzes product data and laboratory test results in order to determine causes of problems and develop solutions, and evaluates technical specifications and factors related to process or design objectives.
  • Stays ahead of changing technologies, in the field by reading journals and scientific publications, attending academic conferences, writing and collaborating on original publications, and delivering presentations on research engineering topics.
  • Plans and conducts experiments to measure the body of scientific knowledge on topics related to hazard based safety engineering
  • Plan, design and complete initial and follow-up procedures as needed to test and validate results.
  • Collaborates with industry, academics and other research and development staff to apply the results of research used to develop new techniques, products, practices and UL Standards.
  • Maintain and develop extensive knowledge of current and new technologies for new products, as well as current needs and trends.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics (PhD preferred), with a specialization in circuit design, layout, and fabrication, microelectronics, or related field. Generally twelve years of experience in relevant field. Advanced degree in lieu of work experience will be considered, if research work was conducted during pursuit of degree. Preference is given to candidates with work experience that was gained in industry and/or electronic product manufacturing
  • Ability to independently design electrical circuitry using through-hole and SMT components, building BOMs, and getting prototype designs built critical for this role. Familiarity with manual electronics assembly techniques (soldering, testing, etc.) also critical to role.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, and complete complex research projects with minimal direct supervision. Demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully and enthusiastically with peers, management, clients, and other individuals to complete work in a reasonable timeframe
  • Demonstrated English-language writing and speaking proficiency. Ability to communicate technical ideas and tailor to the audience (engineers, managers, senior leaders, business staff, general public, etc.)
  • Comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment. Willingness and experience working hands-on in a laboratory environment
  • Experience in one or more of the following: electrical codes and standards, electrical equipment aging and degradation, battery charging systems and battery monitoring units (BMUs), camera optics and performance, electrical product failure and forensics
  • Preference is given to candidates with demonstrated peer-reviewed publication and presentation history; experience with patent submission process
  • Demonstrated ability to remain flexible
  • Proficient in SOLIDWORKS, Eagle, SPICE, or similar circuit design software. Proficiency in MCU utilization and programming (C or similar)

Grow and Achieve. Growth and development are part of our DNA. Our working environment is a launch pad for our employees to excel. Your growth will be supported with targeted development, rewards and recognition programs, so that you can maximize your potential.

 

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