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Research Technologist

Apply now Department: 3670020070 Chemistry
Job no: 511855
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Department of Chemistry is hiring a research technologist (machinist). This position designs, constructs, tests and repairs novel scientific apparatus and instruments and also designs and modifies research laboratories. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design, construct and test novel scientific apparatus for use in both teaching and research laboratories by employing common methods of metal or plastic machining, welding, 3D printing.  
  • Work with faculty, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students to design and construct apparatus for research needs. 
  • Maintenance of physical infrastructure and equipment
    • Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair commercial and home-built apparatus.
    •  Design and make modifications to cabinets and fixtures in research and teaching laboratories
  • Assist in setting up laboratories
  • Assist in interactions with University Facilities personnel

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

The College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalize communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate degree with advanced courses in instrument design and construction
  • Two or more years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Precision machine tool training
  • Training and experience in classical machining techniques on lathe and mill for machining of metals, plastics, and graphite.
  • Knowledge of CAD software and methods
  • Ability to work with students in fabrication of apparatus for advanced scientific research projects

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter indicating past work history and how it is relevant to the qualifications listed above,
  2. Current resume,
  3. Names and contact information for three professional references.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

$45,000 - $ 50,000 annual salary ($21.63 - $ 24.04 per hour)

Review of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position has been filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.



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