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Research Assistant

Apply now Department: 3670045100 Institute Environmental Resrch
Job no: 514529
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Term)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Engineering, Research / Scientific / Grants
Pay Grade: 06B

About This Role:

The Institute for Environmental Research (IER) at Kansas State University is seeking to hire a full-time Research Assistant for the Testing Services Program.  The primary focus of the Testing Services Program is on evaluating the thermal performance of textiles.  Specifically, the responsibilities of this position include:

  • Receiving, unpackaging, and labeling test samples
  • Conducting thermal manikin tests on sleeping bag systems, clothing systems, bedding systems, and personal cooling systems.  Sleeping bag tests involve dressing a 40lb. supine manikin in a bag system, and may require pushing, pulling, and partially lifting the manikin for up to 4 test changes per day.
  • Conducting hot plate tests on fabrics, batting systems, and camping mattresses
  • Weighing samples and measuring other properties, such as packing volume of sleeping bags.
  • Entering data and managing test photo files.
  • Packaging and arranging return shipping of test samples

This position requires standing, bending lifting, and carrying up to 25lbs.  Approximately 10-20% of the time is spent at a desk/computer in the office, with the remainder spent working in the lab.  It is a full-time, hourly position.  Start date is negotiable but March 2023 is preferred.

Why Join Us:

The Institute of Environmental Research (IER) in the College of Engineering is an interdisciplinary research center for the study of the thermal interaction of people and their environment.  It is one of the few university facilities n the world with controlled climatic chambers and supporting instrumentation necessary to study the factors that affect human comfort.  IER is internationally recognized as a leading laboratory in the field. 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:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.


What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • U.S. citizenship is required (needed for military contracts involving product testing)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in a science-related science field
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Basic computer skills (e.g., be able to set up spreadsheets and graphs using Microsoft Excel, and type documents and tables using Microsoft Word)

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Application
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$23.00 – $26.00 per hour

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

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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