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State of Minnesota Research Student Worker - Student Worker Para Prof or Student Worker Para Prof Sr in Maplewood, Minnesota

Working Title: Research Student Worker

Job Class: Student Worker Para Prof or Student Worker Para Prof Senior

Agency: Transportation Dept

  • Who May Apply : Open to all qualified job seekers

  • Date Posted : 03/18/2023

  • Closing Date : 04/07/2023

  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Transportation Dept / DOT-Metro-Central Off-AFSCME

  • Division/Unit : Materials / Materials & Road Research

  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift

  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday

  • Travel Required : Yes - occasional

  • Salary Range Student Worker Para Professional: $15.94 - $18.66 / hourly

  • Salary Range Student Worker Para Professional Senior: $17.31 - $21.10 / hourly

  • Classified Status : Unclassified

  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 207 - Technical/AFSCME

  • Work Area : Office of Materials/Maplewood Lab

  • End Date : 3 years from start date

  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt

  • Telework Eligible : No

  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities ( : No

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

**MnDOT does not sponsor applicants for work visas or Optional Practical Training Extensions for STEM Students. Individuals must be legally authorized to work in the US at the start of employment.

This position is located at the Office of Materials & Road Research in Maplewood. The position will work full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year.

This position assists MnDOT's Road Doctor in pavement scoping and evaluation efforts to support MnDOT district offices and the TPF-5(504) pool fund study. The position will require working with multiple Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technologies such as ground-penetrating radar (GPR), 2D-Accelerometer, LIDAR, and Thermal and video imaging devices to investigate surface and subsurface pavement conditions. This position will be involved in data collection, processing, reporting activities, and developing tools (i.e., templates, macros, scripts, codes) for automated analysis of extensive data. This position provides project and network-level engineering support to the district offices and explores and provides innovative solutions to actual MnDOT and partners engineering needs.

The position requires occasional travel to project sites within the state of Minnesota for data collection sessions, as the system is used to evaluate MnDOT-operated and managed roadways. These trips are mostly completed in a day, but occasionally they may take a couple of days and require staff to spend a night in a hotel.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be current students in a secondary, post-secondary, or graduate school. Other qualifications include:

  • Enrolled in an engineering, science, or mathematic/statistics program.

  • Experience with Microsoft computer programs, especially Excel and Word.

  • Ability to learn and apply statistical analysis tools to data sets.

  • Ability to learn the use of basic tools, machinery, and testing equipment.

  • Valid Class D Driver’s License.

  • Basic programing skills.

Applicants must be a student in a college/university, trade, or technical school. If a student is enrolled at a credit-granting institution he/she must carry at least six semester (nine quarter) credits. If enrolled at a non-credit granting institution or one that only offers one credit per class, a student must be taking two or more classes per semester/quarter. Any lesser credit (class) load shall be treated as a semester/quarter off. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least two courses or making progress on a dissertation. You will be required to complete an Education Verification form prior to appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of rational databases.

  • Knowledge of engineering materials and testing procedures.

  • Knowledge of MATLAB and Excel Macro programs.

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may work inside an office or laboratory, or outside exposed to the weather elements (both cold and hot). The employee is regularly required to sit; use wrists, hands, and fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talks or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The employee will occasionally drive a motor vehicle in off road conditions. Periodically, the employee will walk on even and uneven/sloping ground. The employee may work in high volume traffic zones in day and night time conditions. The employee will operate machinery and testing equipment (using vision and hearing) under varying temperatures. The employee will occasionally move up to 50 pounds by pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying. Periodically, the employee will push and/or pull carts, dollies and two wheel trucks. The employee must be able and willing to wear and/or use personal protective equipment to protect the head, eyes, hearing, respiration, visibility, and feet from injury.

Additional Requirements

Successful candidate must pass past-employer reference checks and criminal history check

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components: SEMA4 Records Check, Criminal History Check, Employment Reference Check, Driver’s License Check, Education/License Verification and Pre-Employment Physical.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . Please indicate what assistance is needed.