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Our current job openings are below.

Project Leader

Western Research Institute seeks a Project Leader 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), mostly industry oriented. 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 rheological and thermal properties of binders 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 multi-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.

An experienced Project Leader will assume marketing and project development activities. Such activities include initiation, development and management of contacts and contracts with clients and design of project outlines and budgets.

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), public speaking in front of large audiences, communication skills with clients and partners and a good team spirit. Experience in the industry is a big plus.

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.


Contracts Coordinator

Western Research Institute seeks a Contracts Coordinator to join our team.

Brief Description of Duties:

Collaborate with project managers to develop, negotiate and review proposals, non-disclosure agreements, contracts, awards, sub-awards and related matters. Facilitate the development and analysis of documents, including interpretation of contract terms and conditions, contractual rights and obligations, contractual risks and suggestions for potential mitigation of risks, particularly related to intellectual property and insurance. Provide training and support for project managers.

Facilitate compliance with federal laws and commercial contracts as well as rules, regulations, policies, procedures, methods of operation and contractual, legal, and regulatory requirements.

Administer awards, contracts, subawards, and subcontracts through the entire life cycle, from the pre-award phase to the close-out phase. Set up accounts and maintain records.

Maintain familiarity with evolving laws and regulations as they relate to contractual matters and communicate changes to project managers.

Serve as the organization’s resource person regarding export control laws, policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and three years of work experience with contract compliance, technical writing, and legal terminology or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must understand federal and commercial contracts and be familiar with the concepts of intellectual property and trade secrets. Must be detail-oriented and willing to work in a collaborative environment with strict deadlines. Strong written and oral communication skills and a positive outlook are essential.

Preferred Qualifications:  Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field with coursework in legal or paralegal studies and experience with complex federal contract compliance. Experience with export control laws and procedures is a plus. The preferred candidate will have the willingness to serve as a proactive force and source of proposals.

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. Closing Date: June 18, 2021.



WRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, contact:

Michelle Holmes
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources