Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week:
Technical Level 8
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To provide support of the academic mission of Western University and the Faculty of Engineering through the utilization of the wind engineering expertise residing in the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory and through maintenance and improvement of the research infrastructure for wind engineering.
The Research Engineer will be responsible for planning, executing and evaluating commercial wind tunnel projects at the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory and will oversee and manage the logistics and technical quality of the projects with particular expertise in bridge aerodynamics. The incumbent will apply their expertise and knowledge to the design, development, and modification of models, equipment, tools, or other parts to support project goals. The Research Engineer will be responsible for assisting with proposal development, leading projects, ensuring they remain within budget, and for communicating with clients. The incumbent will also provide supervision, support, and guidance to the project team regarding project design, as well as approaches to utilizing required equipment and tools to ensure that timely, innovative research project outcomes are achieved. In addition, the Research Engineer will leverage opportunities to enhance the technical capability of the laboratory through marketing initiatives and development of new areas of research.
- Master’s degree in Engineering, Engineering Science, Aerodynamics, or Structural Engineering disciplines
- PhD in a Wind Engineering related discipline is preferred
- Professional Engineer (P.Eng) registered in Canada is preferred
- Membership(s) in Professional Societies is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 5 years’ work experience in wind engineering field with specialty in bridge aerodynamics
- Experience serving professional clients
- Experience with structural dynamics and analysis of wind tunnel data
- Experience planning in a research environment, preparing and executing wind tunnel tests, and managing projects
- Working knowledge of experimental wind tunnel methodology and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with proven utilization in various wind engineering fields (including bridge aerodynamics)
- Knowledge of wind tunnel methodology and overall technical ability in wind engineering related fields; ability to complete model design and test preparations
- In-depth knowledge of techniques for planning, managing and coordinating multiple projects, with competing priorities that involve a variety of stakeholders
- Demonstrated ability to perform wind engineering related research
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of detail and data to prepare reports
- Demonstrated ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems with a sense of urgency in resolving issues and getting tasks completed
- Ability to write clear, concise and accurate technical reports and procedural documentation related to wind engineering and structural dynamics
- Ability to understand customer needs and expectations and provide excellent customer service to directly and indirectly satisfy expectations
- Strong oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on proposal development and presentation to clients and management
- Ability to perform outreach with new clients and open new innovative fields of wind engineering business
- Project management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously from conception to completion within tightly prescribed timelines
- Ability to handle details with a high degree of accuracy and to organize and prioritize a high volume of work to meet deadlines
- Self-driven, independent thinker who is highly motivated and possesses an intrinsic passion for quality outcomes
- Advanced computer programming skills using Matlab and using Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project) required
- Ability to delegate work and provide team members with clear direction and support in meeting their objectives
- Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
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