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Technical Specialist

WVUIC is seeking applications for a Technical Specialist with experience in technical contact and developing programs to conduct testing work in engine testing activities, develop and perform testing in all phases including planning, project task development, report writing, presentations, and publications.

Job duties include:

  • Acts as lead technical contact and develops programs to conduct testing work in engine testing activities within the  Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions
  • Works directly with staff to initiate, conduct, analyze, and solve analytical, experimental, and computational problems.
  • Develops and performs testing in all phases including the planning, project task development, report writing, presentations and publications.
  • Supervises the daily activities of lower level engineers, technicians, graduate students, undergraduate students and temporary employees working on testing projects; manages and documents the daily work schedules of the hourly staff; assists in conducting annual performance reviews of the lower level engineers, technicians and classified staff.
  • Directs project schedules, travel arrangements, and staff assignments; interacts with representatives of the participating agencies in order to coordinate logistics and schedules and interprets and develops detailed written test plans to be followed by engineering and technical staff during the project.
  • Drafts contract deliverables and cost estimates, directs testing projects, writes project reports, and submits technical publications and supervises support staff and students in those endeavors.
  • Performs as a member of the testing team, communicates with outer team members and identifies and implements experimental and computational testing needs with scheduled deadlines.
  • Performs quality control and documentation related to engine dynamometer testing programs, per CAFEE guidelines.
  • Performs and oversees technical troubleshooting and hands-on problem solving relating to associated programs.
  • Monitors and assures workplace safety including ensuring that hazardous chemicals, fuels and gases are properly labeled, stored and inventoried according to guidelines established by the West Virginia University Department of Environmental Health and Safety; monitoring the condition of facilities and equipment to insure that they are in safe operating condition; monitoring the activities of staff and students working in the laboratory facilities to make sure they are following safety procedures.


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline;
  • 1-3 years of experience in the area of engine dynamometer operation related to exhaust gas emissions control and measurement; OR An equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Competent technical and operating skills utilizing Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, MATLAB, Python and other related software programs.
  • Ability to organize staff and align tasks to meet program deliverables.
  • Technical Skills-Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; pursues training and development opportunities; committed to continuing self-education; assesses strengths, weaknesses, and shares expertise with others.
  • Problem solving – Gathers and analyzes information, identifies problems, develops alternatives, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics and works well in groups as well as individually to resolve matters timely manner.
  • Internal & External Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional matters with objectivity and openness; responds promptly to needs and requests for service and assistance; meets commitments and dates, notifies others if change occurs; provides, solicits and applies feedback; and builds goodwill through balanced contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
  • Quality Control and Assurance- - Strives to maintain the highest degree of quality in results and work product; pays careful attention to details in conducting experiments, repeating procedures, measurements and testing; strives to follow established protocols and standard operating procedures carefully and without fail.
  • Communications – Demonstrates effective oral and written communications skills in interacting with faculty, engineering staff and co-workers. Demonstrates group presentation skills, participates in meetings, listens and gets clarification, is responsive and speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations. Writes and edits clearly and informatively, varies style to meet needs, presents numerical data effectively, and able to read and interpret written information.
  • Organizational Support – Aligns work and develops strategies to meet organizational goals; seeks to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; and upholds organizational expectations and values.
  • Cooperation and Responsiveness – Responds promptly to needs and requests from faculty, engineering staff and supervisors; meets commitments and dates, notifies supervisors and engineering staff if problems or difficulties occur; and builds goodwill through balance of contributions, positive approach, respect and support of others.
  • Self-Management – Responds to management direction and is self-motivated to complete directed task; resourcefully adapts to change in work environment and circumstances; responds well under pressure and manages competing demands; takes calculated risks, asks for and offers help when needed; exercises discretion and sound judgment; is tactful responsible for own actions.
  • Management Skills – Capable of managing and supervising others, motivate employees through constructive encouragement; capable of resolving conflicts tactfully; has a proactive approach to management.
  • Safety – Performs all work functions with safety as a high priority for both themselves and their co-workers; promotes a safe working environment through verbal communications and through their own actions; promptly brings to the attention of faculty, engineering staff, supervisors and co-workers any safety related concerns; follows all safety standard operating procedures of the CAFEE, and the West Virginia University Innovation Corporation; utilizes common sense where a standard operating procedures are not available or have not yet been developed.


Please send CV or resume to Ross Ryskamp at

WVU Innovation Corp is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


The West Virginia University Innovation Corporation (WVUIC) is a research affiliate of West Virginia University (WVU) based in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVUIC researches and prototypes strategies for improving defense capabilities by aligning innovations, investments, and incentives in academia and industry with unmet needs in the national security and public safety communities. WVUIC is dedicated to building collaborative partnerships and solving the nation’s most difficult national security and public safety technology challenges.

WVUIC’s mission is to solve emerging government and industry challenges by delivering innovative applied research and technical solutions through an agile non-traditional approach. Our innovative business approach directly connects emerging industry and government challenges with WVU’s academic resources and leading-edge technology.

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