Research Associate 1, GAB at University of Miami

Posted in Other 13 days ago.

Location: Miami, Florida

Job Description:

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Transforming Lives

The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.

The College of Engineering has an exciting opportunity for a full-time Research Associate 1 to work in the Coral Gables Campus.

The Research Associate 1, GAB supports research activities for the assigned division by conducting laboratory experiments on assigned research projects. Moreover, the incumbent operates with the goal of advancing his/her expertise through continued education, training, and research.


  • Understands and interprets research protocols and procedures.

  • Participates in the publication and reporting of significant results.

  • Maintains an overview of relevant research findings.

  • Ensures all research is undertaken according to good research practice.

  • Keeps abreast of current publications relative to methods, techniques, and developments within the area of research.

  • Collects, prepares, analyzes, dissects, and evaluates specimens.

  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment. Performs a variety of routine assays, tests, and studies.

  • Performs calculations to complete research test results, collects data, and performs statistical analysis of laboratory results.

  • Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.



Bachelor's Degree in relevant field

Certification and Licensing:

Not Applicable


Minimum of 2 years of experience in structures and materials laboratory in civil or mechanical engineering

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Skill in completing assignments accurately and with attention to detail.

  • Ability to analyze, organize and prioritize work under pressure while meeting deadlines.

  • Ability to process and handle confidential information with discretion.

  • Ability to work evenings, nights, and weekends as necessary.

  • Commitment to the University's core values.

  • Ability to work independently and/or in a collaborative environment.


Department Specific Functions

Review, update and develop quality documents used in laboratory activities including but not limited to:

  • Technical data sheets, process sheets, work sheets, work instructions, standard operating procedures, training forms and procedures, summary tables.

  • Follow the quality system and ISO 17025 requirements as delegated or as applicable based on laboratory activities conducted.

  • Reviews and validates the requirements of test methods used in laboratory activities including standard and non-standard test methods, ensuring the necessary data and observations are recorded.

  • Perform internal checks and calibrations of instrumentation as needed.

  • Performs sampling of test samples as needed based on applicable requirements.

  • Advises on regulations and guidelines related to equipment maintenance, as necessary.

  • Applies standard operating procedures and follows relevant documentation for compliance with internal policies and laboratory regulations/guidelines.

  • Advises on technical procedures, techniques and equipment, and maintain conformance with specific operational standards. Coordinate workflow of experimental test projects, scheduling and setting priorities.

  • Maintains updated the daily progress of research projects and other laboratory activities.

  • Reviews and organizes technical data generated from testing activities.

  • Reviews and updates technical documents to meet standard test requirements Support SML manager with technical and administrative activities pertaining ISO 17025: 2017 accreditation requirements.

  • Ensures continuous improvement of the SML activities. Communicates on a continuous basis with SML manager.

Department Specific Qualifications


Bachelor's degree in a Civil Engineering of STEM related area required

Certification and Licensing:

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Experience with NDT, MTS, NI and other testing equipment, instruments and data acquisition and testing techniques.

Minimum two years of laboratory experience in the area of civil and structural engineering materials.

Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes:

  • Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data.

  • Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems.

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

  • Able to convey information effectively.

  • Able to follow verbal and written instructions.

  • Strong analytical skills.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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Full time

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