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At WRI, you’ll find an environment where career achievement is paired with the best of Rocky Mountain living. Laramie is a relaxed college town with unmatched access to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the West. 

Lead Scientist/Engineer — Western Research Institute in Laramie, WY seeks an individual to develop and lead projects in the characterization and formulation of asphalt binders. Characterization can be both physical (rheology, mechanical testing and thermal analysis), chemical (chromatography, spectroscopy) and physical-chemical (microscopy), with an emphasis on physical. Prepare or contribute to the preparation of reports for publication and/or presentation to clients or the professional community. Make positive contributions to marketing and project development activities. Initiate, develop and manage contacts and contracts with clients. Contribute to or direct the preparation, presentation, and follow-up of major-scale proposals. Develop solutions to complex problems. Manage the research and support personnel assigned to specific program/project area. Manage projects to meet deadlines and within budget. Responsible for routine maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of laboratory instruments and equipment.

Requires a PhD degree in civil engineering, materials science, chemistry or chemical engineering and 3-5 years of experience in asphalt research and project development or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge was acquired. Must be able to work efficiently in a team environment, be self-motivated, autonomous and work under a variety of challenging research conditions. Strong written and oral communication skills and a positive outlook are essential.

The preferred candidate will have strengths in critical thinking, innovation, development of scientific hypothesis and research planning, strong technical skills and a commitment to results and organization, strong work ethics, management skills, communication skills with clients and partners and a good team spirit.

Please submit resume and WRI application by March 10, 2017 to Human Resource Manager, Western Research Institute, 3474 N. 3rd Street, Laramie, WY  82072. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

WRI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Contact :
Candace G. Sheaffer
Human Resources Manager

(307) 721-2222
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