Engineer I

17.04.2024 hccgKC Careers

Company: UMKC

Job ID: 48495

Location: Kansas City

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Hiring Department

Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy

Job Description

The Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE) is seeking a multidisciplinary and versatile Engineer I to support research and development activities that span 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/or standalone/arrayed antenna design is a plus. These positions require a strong foundation in engineering design, manufacturing, and testing.


The ideal team member will demonstrate:

  • A passion for solving high-impact, real-world problems
  • A direct, 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 solutions for complex mechanical, electrical, and/or computational problems
  • 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
  • Excellent organizational skills to prioritize and execute on both long-term and short parallel assignments



  • Work with pulsed power and RF systems R&D teams to design, integrate, and develop technologies and systems including:

o    Simulation and design of pulsed power, RF, and directed energy components and systems

o    Development and implementation of mitigation techniques for high power EMC

o    Packaging, mounting, and integration of RF components within a system

o    Communications, controls, and data acquisition of system and system components

o    Testing, analyzing, and deploying experimental RF systems in a variety of scenarios

o    Troubleshooting, maintaining, and providing technical support for RF and pulsed power systems

  • Documenting progress and status including, but not limited to, technical reports and briefings as required
  • Maintain safety, security, and compliance requirements
  • Interface with multiple engineering and non-engineering cross-functional team members
  • Travel to visit team members, customers, and attend conferences is expected
  • Assist team members and execute other duties as necessary


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering with emphasis in testing, circuits, and design
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and a strong organizational philosophy to optimize deliverable timelines to sponsors
  • Ability to hold and maintain a United States security clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, or related field plus minimum of one year of experience
  • Design and integration experience of mechanical and electrical components and systems
  • Prior experience with design and simulation software, such as Solidworks, AutoCAD, COMSOL, Ansys HFSS, Altium, and SPICE

Anticipated Hiring Range

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

Application Materials

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of five references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.

Note, you must provide a description of job duties for each Work Experience entry on your application. Please carefully review the application instructions section of our Careers page prior to submitting your materials.

Application Deadline

Open until filled, review of applications to begin immediately.

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Other Information

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.


About UMKC

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area and the only public research university in our community. We offer more than 125 academic areas serving more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states and 85+ countries.

UMKC has a strategic plan with five pillars: provide exceptional student learning, success, and experience; become a thriving discovery enterprise; transform our community and region with impactful engagement; foster an environment of invigorating multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion; and develop a strong and resilient people, process and physical infrastructure.  We are building a community in which we support each other, learn from each other, and grow together. The successful candidate will have a genuine enthusiasm for students and the university.

For more information about UMKC, visit

About MIDE

The Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy (MIDE) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a fast-growing research institute founded to solve real-world problems by synthesizing physics and engineering principals with a pragmatic, results-driven and collaborative philosophy. Whether it’s restoring health and wellness in the urban food-desert, or developing state-of-the-art anti-drone technologies to protect our cities or troops, we’re on it.

The team is growing and we have an outstanding opportunity for an Engineer I. You would work with us in solving wicked challenges in defense, energy, and health by transitioning fundamental solutions requires a team of highly specialized, knowledgeable, and passionate individuals who seek answers to hard questions in a collaborative environment with world-class research organizations from coast-to-coast.

For more information about the history of MIDE and our diverse team, visit

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

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