Job ID: 191514

Research Engineer/Scientist

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

  • Aug. 1, 2022
  • Research Engineer/Scientist
  • Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    Socorro, NM
  • Nov. 15, 2022
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Planetary Sciences
    Physics - General
    Atmospheric Sciences

Job Title:  Research Scientist/Engineer:

Position Description: Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (at New Mexico Tech) invites applications for a permanent, full-time Research Engineer/Scientist to start in late 2022 or early 2023. Successful candidates are expected to conduct and support scientific research on instrumentation, lightning, thunderstorms, and lightning protection. Duties include designing, constructing, and debugging custom instrumentation with applications in atmospheric sciences and atmospheric electricity. Maintaining, upgrading and operating existing instrumentation in support of local and remote field programs is also needed.  The fitness to work for sustained periods in difficult weather and at high altitude is required.   You may supervise students or junior staff who are supporting research or engaged in independent research.

The position requires a BS or equivalent degree in physics, electrical engineering or atmospheric science and broad experience with custom scientific instrumentation. Advanced degrees in any of the above fields are preferred. Much independence is granted in this position and applicants with advanced degrees are welcome to act as PIs and attract additional salary with up to 50% of their time.


About Langmuir Laboratory: Langmuir Lab is a unique mountain-top facility established by the National Science Foundation in 1963 and specializing in atmospheric electricity. The mountain is equipped with a suite of custom sensors including a lightning mapping array, lightning interferometer, field mills, and slow/fast antennae. It is also the only currently-operating facility in the US that can trigger lightning. Custom structures include a 19,000 square foot Lab and Annex, a Balloon Hangar, and two 20 foot diameter underground “Kivas” at the highest point in Socorro County.


About NMT Physics and Socorro: Langmuir Lab has historically been closely associated with the NMT Physics department. NM Tech continues to top the College Factual rankings for the Best Values for a Degree in Physics. Tech sends a higher fraction of its students on to graduate work than almost all other public institutions in the US. The physics department has 12 full-time tenured faculty and offers undergraduate specializations in atmospheric physics and astrophysics, as well as robust research and graduate degrees in those areas and in physics instrumentation.

NM Tech is a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution, and roughly 1/3 of our faculty and majors are female. The department and campus is small and collegial with roughly 1300 undergraduates and 500 graduate students in science and engineering. Socorro is a town of 9000 people one hour south of Albuquerque. It provides low cost of living (median home price < 50% of US average) and surprising amenities for a town of its size.


Application Details: For full consideration please apply by October 5, 2022.

We anticipate closure of application period on November 30, 2022. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae (with names of 3 potential references) and a statement of instrumentation experience and research interests (where applicable) . Materials should be sent to (c/o Rosa Jaramillo) and also copied to search committee chair ( -- put RSE2022 in subject line of e-mail). For additional information please see the Langmuir's web page at For more information see: , or contact the search committee chair.

Benefits: Excellent benefits (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, and a generous retirement plan.


Regional Attractions: New Mexico Tech is located in Socorro, in the scenic Rio Grande River Valley of central New Mexico, 75 miles south of Albuquerque and its many attractions, and 139 miles south of Santa Fe. Nearby mountains and desert canyons provide opportunities for excellent hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Socorro along a major north-south flyway, offers some of the best birding in the USA.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity: NMT is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. NMT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Contact Information

  • Rosa Jaramillo
    Human Resources
    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    Physics Department
    801 Leroy Place
    Socorro, NM 87801
  • 575-835-5423

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