Employment Opportunities

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 listed below.

Controller

Our team is comprised of creative, highly-skilled engineers and chemists who are engaged in research and technology development with both commercial and federal funding sources. The Controller is a key member of the management team, reports directly to the CEO, and leads all of our financial administration functions. WRI is a 501(c)(3) corporation

The primary responsibilities of the Controller include:

  • Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)

  • Maintain the integrity of general ledger data and prepare financial reports for the CEO and Board of Directors

  • Coordinate the financial audit process and work closely with the accounting firm

  • Maintain and evaluate system of internal controls to protect the assets of the Institute

  • Collaborate with the CEO and other key members of the management team to prepare the annual budget.

  • Manage the month end, quarter end, and year end closing processes and required reporting

  • Monitor revenue and expenditures and ensure adequate cash flow

  • Direct the accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, and payroll functions

  • Ensure compliance with relevant federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements

  • File all tax returns (not including 990) and financial reports in an accurate and timely manner

  • Engage with project leaders to help them design and monitor their project budgets

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or closely related field (Master’s degree preferred) with progressively responsible leadership experience in Accounting, Finance or related field. Experience with Deltek Costpoint and with managing multiple project accounts would be advantageous.

Individuals will thrive in this position if they have a passion for financial problem solving, a desire to engage in a team-oriented culture, are detail-oriented, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. Team members who excel in this position will have opportunities for growth.

Starting Annual Salary Range: $80,000 - $85,000

We offer a comprehensive benefit package, including generous paid time off, flexible schedules, and tuition waivers for one free class at UW each semester. Our package includes a retirement plan (with an 8% employer contribution after one year and options to contribute to a supplemental plan), insurance (medical, dental, vision, and life) and an employee assistance program.

Submit resume and cover letter to Michelle Holmes, Human Resources Manager, by email at mholmes1@uwyo.edu. The position is open until filled.

Lead Scientist

RenuMAT (Renewable Upcycling, Materials and Asphalt Technologies) Team. Our team is comprised of creative, highly-skilled innovators who are engaged in research and technology development. This position is for a senior team member who will be involved with chemically upcycling wastes or undervalued feedstocks to produce new sustainable materials for the asphalt industry.

Brief Description of Duties:

The focus of the Lead Scientist will include:

  • Generating new ideas and collaborating with the research team to expand research capabilities

  • Investigating new approaches for chemically upcycling wastes or undervalued feedstocks

  • Propose creative low-cost chemistries, experimental design and implementation

  • Chemical characterization of products through multiple methods, reaction mechanism investigations, and materials balance determination to help guide techno economic analysis and environmental impacts

  • Review literature, write reports, assisting in writing proposals, and authoring peer-reviewed publications (when appropriate)

  • Organizing and directing project activities and coordinating the efforts of a project team

  • Supervising, interpreting and reviewing the applicability and accuracy of data and providing feedback to clients and project staff

  • Planning, designing, coordinating, and controlling the progress of project work and communicating the progress to clients and senior management

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, or closely related field, with a strong background in synthetic organic chemistry or polymer chemistry. Experience in petroleum, coal, biomass, green chemistry, thermochemical/chemical conversion (liquefaction or extraction), asphalt or with producing asphalt products (or asphalt formation) is desirable.

Individuals will thrive in this position if they have a passion for innovation and problem solving, a desire to engage in a team-oriented culture, are detail-oriented, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills. Team members who excel in this position will have opportunities for future growth.

Starting Salary Range: $80,000 to $85,000 per year

We offer a comprehensive benefit package, including generous paid time off, flexible schedules, and tuition waivers for one free class at the University of Wyoming each semester. Our package includes a retirement plan (with an 8% employer contribution after one year and options to contribute to a supplemental plan), insurance (medical, dental, vision, and life) and an employee assistance program.

Submit resume and cover letter to Michelle Holmes, Human Resources Manager, by email at mholmes1@uwyo.edu. The position is open until filled.

WRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, contact:

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

Western Research Institute
3474 N. 3rd Street
Laramie, WY 82072

(307) 721-2011
(888) 463-6974 or (888) Info-WRI

You can contact WRI directly by phone (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. MST, Monday-Friday) at the numbers above.
Also, you are welcome to contact the appropriate WRI representative directly.

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