Engineer I (Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy)

11.05.2022 hccgKC Careers
Company: UMKC
Job ID: 41260
Location: UMKC Volker Campus

Hiring Department: Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE)

The mission of the Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE) at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), is to improve the quality of life by bridging academia with industry to address wicked problems. MIDE is a fast-growing research institute founded to solve real-world problems by synthesizing physics and engineering principles with a pragmatic, results-driven, and collaborative philosophy.

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Job Description

MIDE is seeking an multidisciplinary and versatile Engineer I to support research and development activities in pulsed power, directed energy, unmanned aerial systems, and computer science. Experience in solid-state switching technologies, pulse forming networks, pulsed power electronics, computational electromagnetics, high-voltage and RF circuit design/layout architecture, and standalone/arrayed antenna design is a plus. This position requires a solid foundation in electromagnetic, power electronics theory and application. Hands-on experience is vital and required.


The ideal team member will demonstrate:

  • a passion for solving high-impact, real-world problems;
  • a hands-on, pragmatic problem solving approach for mission-critical applied research;
  • the ability to operate in agile and dynamic working environments as a core team player and independent individual;
  • creativity and versatility in designing, prototyping, and validating systems and components for complex technologies;
  • a curiosity, openness, and willingness to learn new skills, methods, systems, and technologies;
  • effective verbal and written communication skills to inform and guide team-members; and,
  • excellent organizational skills to prioritize and execute on both long-term and short parallel assignments.


Duties/ Responsibilities:

  • Work with pulsed power and RF systems R&D teams to design, integrate, and develop technologies and systems including:
    • design of pulsed power, RF, and directed energy components and systems;
    • mitigation techniques for high power EMC;
    • packaging, mounting and integration of RF components within a system;
    • communications, controls, and data acquisition of system and system components;
    • Testing, analyzing, and disseminating RF systems in a variety of scenarios
    • troubleshooting RF and pulsed power systems
  • Documenting progress and status including but not limited to technical reports and briefings as required.
  • Work and communicate well within one or more teams.
  • Strong communication, both verbal and written, and organizational/time-management skills.
  • Interface with multiple engineering and non-engineering cross-functional team members.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering with emphasis in testing, circuits, and design
  • At least 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain a United States security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, or related field plus minimum of 1 year of experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong organizational philosophy to optimize deliverable timelines to sponsors
  • Design and integration of mechanical and electrical components and systems.
  • Knowledge and ability to use design and simulation software such as COMSOL, Monte-carlo simulation frameworks, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Altium, and SPICE.
  • Existing Secret clearance or ability to obtain an interim Secret clearance prior to start date.

Full Time/Part Time

Full Time, benefit eligible



$56,472 – $74,456.  Salary to commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

UMKC offers a competitive salary, affordable medical and dental plans, 403(b) savings plan, and University paid long-term disability and life insurance benefits. For full benefit details, visit:


Full time, on-site, Monday–Friday, 8 am – 5 pm or comparable. As a results-orientated organization, MIDE supports flexible schedules. Expect occasional travel for research collaborations, conference attendance, and offsite briefings.

Application Deadline

Open until filled, review of applications to begin immediately.

Apply Online

Please visit our website for position descriptions, minimum qualifications, and info on how to apply.

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