Automation Systems Engineer III/IV - Digital Agriculture Innovations Team
Iowa State University
Location: Boone, Iowa
Internal Number: R13249
Automation Systems Engineer III/IV - Digital Agriculture Innovations Team
Professional & Scientific
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelorâs degree and 5 years of related experience
BS degree in Agricultural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or a similar field. Experience with software development and testing including Matlab and Simulink. Experience with applying data analysis to solve engineering problems. Experience with sensors, automation, and/or robotics.
The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team within the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University is accepting applications for Engineering III/IV positions which will provide technical leadership in the areas of Sensing, Automation, and Robotics for mobile vehicle systems. The ISU Digital Agriculture Innovation Team (www.isudigitalag.org) consists of professional staff and graduate students who work closely with agricultural industry partners to develop innovative technology solutions for agriculture. The team has a strong innovation record with over 30 patents and licensed technologies.Â
Daily responsibilities of this position will include:
Senior-level software development for sensing, automation, and/or robotics using Matlab and Simulink Interfacing and analysis of sensor data including the development of algorithms to filter and extract performance metrics from dynamic signals.
Direction and oversight of the application of statistics and data science in dynamic automation systems.
Development of fully functional prototypes of sensing, automation, and/or robotic mobile vehicle systems. Includes design and implementation of system architecture and communications interfaces (CAN Bus, Ethernet).Â
This work will be completed in a highly collaborative team environment.Â The successful candidate:
Demonstrates the ability to work independently.
Manages and completes projects within a specified timeline.
Communicates effectively and provides technical leadership
Ensures a safe working environment
Possesses excellent communication and organizational skills and has a detail-oriented personality Is a motivated self-starter and possesses the ability to conduct, document, and communicate research methods and results in the area of software development for sensing, automation, and/or robotic systems.Â
This position provides strong work diversity in a welcoming environment. Candidates who are detail-oriented, organized, and value being on a strong team are encouraged to apply.Â All staff members are expected to interact collegially and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality, integrity, and ethics. The Digital Agriculture Innovations Team offers multiple opportunities for career growth and technical development for its employees. These are three-year term positions, with expectation for renewal based on availability of funding and will be hired as an Engineer III or IV depending on candidate's experience. Multiple positions are available and recruitment will be ongoing until positions are fille
Engineer III: PS811
Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience.
Engineer IV: PS812
Bachelor's degree and 8 years of experience
Engineer III Level Guidelines â¢ Senior-level position possessing high-level professional and/or technical skills working independently under minimal supervision to support ISUâs mission and department or work unit goals â¢ Applies senior-level professional knowledge and expertise to work requiring greater latitude â¢ Solves moderately complex problems and regularly exercises judgment to determine appropriate action â¢ Regularly exercises judgment to resolve problems and determine appropriate action on a broad set of issue and problems. May provide recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices â¢ Responds to complicated inquiries, provides training, and provides direction to lower-level staff â¢ May provide supervision for one to two other staff (i.e., leads a small work team) â¢ May lead projects for which well-defined practices and procedures may not exist â¢ Provides guidance to students
Engineer IV Level Guidelines
â¢ Expert-level position possessing advanced professional and/or technical skills working under limited or no supervision â¢ Applies high-level professional knowledge and expertise to focus on ISUâs mission and meeting division, department or work unit goals â¢ Solves complex issues using highly-developed problem resolution skills â¢ Regularly provides recommendations regarding problems/issues outside the bounds of defined procedures and practices â¢ Utilizes high-level professional knowledge and expertise to provide guidance, recommendations, and set standards related to strategy, policy, and mission â¢ Leads projects of moderate to high scope and complexity with broad impact â¢ May provide supervision to other department staff (i.e., leads a small work team)
Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
November 30, 2026
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
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Why Choose ISU? Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as: â¢ Retirement benefits including defined benefit and defined contribution plans â¢ Generous vacation, holiday and sick time and leave plans â¢ Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa) â¢ Life insurance and long-term disability â¢ Flexible Spending Accounts â¢ Various voluntary benefits and discounts â¢ Employee Assistance Program â¢ Wellbeing program â¢ This job may also be eligible for flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours and a hybrid working environment.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.