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#111878 R&D Engineer 3

Extended Deadline: Wed 1/19/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/23/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/4/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 10/5/21.


The UC San Diego Structural Engineering Department is currently comprised of approximately 25 faculty, 5 researchers, 500 undergraduate students, 150 graduate students, and 33 staff members. The Structural Engineering Department offers BS, MS and PhD degrees with specializations in the areas of civil structures, geotechnical engineering, computational mechanics, aerospace structures, and structural health monitoring/nondestructive evaluation. The department is home to the world-class Charles Lee Powell Structural Engineering Laboratories, Caltrans Seismic Response Modification Device (SRMD), and the Englekirk Structural Engineering Center (ESEC). Through these facilities, our faculty and researchers have access to some of the most innovative and productive research infrastructure in the world.

Under general supervision of the SRMD Laboratory Director, the incumbent will provide expertise in support of the operation, development, design, instrumentation and coordination of all aspects of structural testing. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, operation of servo-hydraulic equipment and data acquisition systems, using specialized engineering design methods to assist in the design of test setups, performing shakedown testing, assist in calibration and validation of testing equipment to allow qualification testing and performance characterization of structural systems and components, processing of generated test data for inclusion in written reports t to Principal Investigators and clients.

Exposure to occasional loud noises, vibrations, heat, dust, and allergens due to construction activities while conducting materials and structural testing.

  • Must be willing to work outside of regular working hours (evenings & weekends) as required in support of research projects.


  • College graduate and educational level of at least a B.S. degree or higher in an engineering field or five years of engineering experience in managing, leading, designing, planning, development and construction in a complex structural engineering testing site.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with engineering principles and methods to independently perform the full range of engineering professional design work. Extensive knowledge and experience with hydraulic, mechanical, and electrical aspects of servo-controlled closed loop hydraulic systems. Extensive knowledge in the design and application of real time data acquisition systems and data processing

  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Extensive experience in structural engineering, construction safety, and large-scale structural testing, including the design and analysis for both static and dynamic loading.

  • Experience in rigging, moving, placing and securing heavy loads with overhead bridge crane and forklift.

  • Good knowledge of PC operating systems including Windows 10. Ability to program with Matlab and National Instruments lab view.

  • Demonstrated organizational and decision-making abilities to prioritize competing work assignments in order to meet deadlines and adherence to quality standards.

  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Ability to write clear and concise reports.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions. Ability to communicate effectively with lab personnel, researchers, faculty and outside customers. Ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with both internal and external constituencies; readily assess complex challenges and barriers and recommend effective resolutions.

  • Ability to lead and influence others.

  • Knowledge of laboratory and shop safety procedures with regard to handling of hazardous/dangerous materials and equipment. Skilled in the operation of machine tools including lathe, milling machine, drill press and saws. Familiar with measuring systems, including calipers, micrometers and dial gages. Familiar with use of cutting torch and arch welder. Major work in structural, mechanical and/or electrical engineering preferred.


  • Background Check required.

  • Hold a valid California Driver's License.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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