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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume.

The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE), in conjunction with the Center for Ergonomics (C4E), is seeking a qualified candidate who possesses the skills described below to support faculty and students in a research and teaching setting.

The primary job function will be to support experimental studies conducted in simulated environments, both software-based (e.g., flight and driving simulators, and augmented reality) and physical environments with motion capture and force measurement (e.g., optical motion capture, inertial sensing, force transducers and load cells).

The candidate will be working with faculty and students on research in areas including autonomous vehicles, aviation, health, mobility and robotics.

Who We Are

The Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) at the University of Michigan College of Engineering is at the forefront of research using data science and analytics methods to improve industrial systems in business sectors including energy, healthcare, supply-chain logistics, and transportation.

IOE and the C4E work to make workplaces and organizations safe, efficient, productive and enjoyable.

We are dedicated to gaining and sharing a better understanding of how tools, technologies and work practices affect health and performance and how they can be improved through human-centered design.


  • Design and develop simulation environments, both software-based and physical mockups and integration of both software and hardware.
  • Develop software for graphical user interfaces and communication protocols for data acquisition to monitor signals and implement algorithms.
  • Support hardware and software selection and procurement, oversee installation and maintenance, and develop and implement safe use policies and procedures.

Responsibilities will also include outreach activities, EHS lab inspections, lab safety, training and working with students, facility update and maintenance, inventory/equipment tracking, purchasing equipment, and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in engineering, computer science, or related technical disciplines and at least 2 years of experience related to engineering lab work in a research setting.
  • Proficiency in programming languages/operating systems.
  • Ability to assess competing priorities, manage workflow and meet operational deadlines with minimal on-site supervision.
  • Proven ability to work independently, function as a member of a team, and build effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work on open-ended problems and requirement definition.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Proficiency and/or willingness to learn new software languages and packages as needed, such as: C++, Unity, LabView, Matlab, ROS
  • Proficiency in CAD, instrumentation electronics, sensors, data acquisition systems and microcontrollers (e.g., Arduino, Raspberry Pi), signal processing.
  • Minimum proficiency in metal machining
  • Demonstrated research and project management skills and experience
  • Knowledge of University policies and procedures

Additional Information

Michigan Engineering seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of the College of Engineering.

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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