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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.

Our current job openings are below.

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Western Research Institute (WRI), a leading research and technology development company located in Laramie, Wyoming, seeks a Post Doc to join the Asphalt & Petroleum Technologies Business Unit.

Brief Description of Duties: Develop and lead projects in the design, characterization, and testing of asphalt materials (binders and asphalt aggregate mixtures). Characterization includes physical (rheology, mechanics, thermal analysis), chemical (chromatography, spectroscopy) and physical-chemical (microscopy). Primary focus will be on physical characterization dealing with an emphasis on rheology of binder and some mixture testing. Prepare and contribute to reports for publication and/or presentation to clients or the professional community. 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 projects/programs. Responsible for routine maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of laboratory instruments and equipment.

The position is intended to grow into a full-time Lead position that will entail marketing and project development activities. These activities includes initiation, development and management of contacts and contracts with clients and to meet deadlines within budget.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD degree in civil engineering, materials science, chemistry or chemical engineering and experience in 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.

Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have strengths in critical thinking, innovation, development of scientific hypothesis and research planning, problem solving, strong technical skills and a commitment to results and organization, strong work ethic, management skills, proposal writing (NCHRP experience is a plus), communication skills with clients and partners and a good team spirit.

Position is available immediately and open until filled. Email resume and cover letter to Michelle D. Holmes, HR Manager, Western Research Institute, 3474 N. 3rd Street, Laramie, WY 82070. E-mail address: mholmes1@uwyo.edu.

WRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Holmes
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources
307/721-2222