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Research Associate - ELSYS - 1594

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

Atlanta, GA
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Title: Research Associate - ELSYS - 1594
JobID: 1594
Location: Atlanta, GA
Description: Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS): ELSYS delivers innovative products, research, and education, making positive and lasting impacts on our customers. Our mission is to solve problems and advance solutions to meet state and national objectives. ELSYS employs an “end-to-end” approach to developing electronic warfare and other electronic systems solutions. To learn more about ELSYS, please visit

In support of this mission, ELSYS seeks to hire a Research Associate/Scientist/Engineer. Primary job functions consists of research activities and procurement management as defined below.  Approximately 70% of the job function will be research activities and 30% will be procurement management.

Research Activities

  • Research and define sources for critical project components and subsystems per program requirements and applicable specifications
  • Generate requirements and specifications for product development and delivery
  • Create research products, including research reports, documentation and project deliverables
  • Conduct investigations of form-fit-function (FFF) replacements of components and subsystems with diminishing manufacturing sources (DMS)
  • Perform Analysis of alternatives (AoA) research and generate reports for components and subsystems with DMS issues
  • Manage and prioritize acquisition and delivery of materials and supplies required for projects
  • Coordinate with Project Directors (PD) to understand technical requirements, schedules, and critical program milestones
  • Support research management, including planning and execution of schedule, budget and program risk analysis
  • Conduct analysis of current Hardware/Software engineering processes, ISO 9001 gap analysis, and establishment of ISO 9001 compliant processes in support of quality and process improvements for the laboratory

Procurement Management

  • Maintain the GTRI Procurement Plan and update changes to procurement policy and procedures
  • Manage Lab procurement process and purchasing system
  • Interface with Accounting and GT Procurement to understand purchasing monetary limits and guidelines
  • Assist Project Directors in project close-out procedures including encumbered material disposition and project deliveries
  • Act as a liaison between Project Directors and other involved parties during order processing (Accounting, GT Procurement, Vendor, Warehouse)
  • Assist Project Directors with program procurement management and property tracking of components and subsystems required for sponsored program execution
  • Assist in the development of competitive bid documentation
  • Assist in the development of Sole Source and Sole Brand documentation


B.S., B.A., M.S. or M.A. (depending on position rank below)

 Research Associate I or Research Engineer I or Research Scientist I

Bachelor’s degree and up to 3 years of relevant experience.

 Research Associate II or Research Engineer II or Research Scientist II

A Master’s degree and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,

A Master’s degree and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor’s degree


  • US Citizenship
  • DoD Secret clearance or ability to obtain a clearance within six months after your employment with the Georgia Tech Research Institute begins.
  • BS or BA in a technical field and/or management/business administration


  • Must be able to work independently and with only general direction.
  • Experience with software tools used to coordinate projects, schedules, and engineering tasks.
  • Must have the ability to identify the right problems and act toward solutions (i.e. initiative).
  • Must have the ability to work with, and in some cases, direct and oversee tasking of technical staff in support of sponsor requirements.
  • Work well with others in a team setting
  • Work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Must be organized and multi-tasker
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities
  • Some understanding of simple accounting/finance
  • Experience in an acquisition and/or project management environment

If you have aspirations for an advanced degree, GTRI is an excellent choice.  Because GTRI is a research unit within Georgia Tech, we offer full tuition reimbursement if you pursue a Master's or Ph.D. degree at Georgia Tech. This is just one of many benefits that accompany employment at GTRI.


Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

Ranked as the #7 best public university, Georgia Tech provides a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs, all top-ranked by peers and publications alike, and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Degrees are offered through the colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

The strong academic work ethic at Tech is balanced by a collegiate atmosphere incorporating both intercollegiate and intramural sports, campus traditions, and some 400 student organizations.

Alongside their academic achievements, Tech students are also active in the community, earning a well-rounded education through community service activities.

As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.

There is no doubt that Georgia Tech stands out as a distinctively different kind of university, one that is eagerly encouraging and developing the revolutionary technologies of the 21st century.

Equipped with the extremely rich resources of an outstanding student body and faculty; strong partnerships with business, industry, and government; and support from alumni and friends, Georgia Tech is designing a future of global preeminence, leadership, and service.