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STEM Workforce Development Associate

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Applications are submitted by directly emailing: careers@integer-tech.com

Job Description

STEM Workforce Development Associate

What
We Do

Integer Technologies is an applied research and product development company founded by scientists and engineers with a passion for technology and national security. We perform R&D on next-generation systems and technologies for the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies. We are hardware and software developers with experience turning research into impactful products for military and commercial applications. Our core portfolio of research includes projects in controls and automation of maritime vessels, uncrewed systems, maritime perception, digital engineering, and advanced manufacturing. We are a startup founded for the purpose of putting research into action. Our mission is to create a safer world by translating scientific discoveries into reliable products that address urgent national security needs… at the speed of relevance. 

Our unmanned systems portfolio includes work on critical enabling technologies for more reliable, more intelligent, longer-duration, and cyber resilient unmanned systems. We are actively developing a new perception system that automatically detects objects on and just below the surface of the water by fusing sensor data from multi-spectral cameras and radar using reliable and validated machine learning algorithms. Our power & energy systems portfolio includes work supporting the DoD’s the electrification of platforms beginning with Navy ships. Applications include hybrid and electric propulsion systems, autonomous controls, and integration with mission systems to achieve ultra-fast power system response.  

Integer’s model includes partnering with universities to develop long term collaborative research efforts for the Department of Defense that serve to not only advance the state of the art for critical technology, but also build a robust pipeline of STEM students who understand the DoD’s mission sets and challenges. In support of this goal, we are launching efforts to grow the diversity and strength of the STEM and DoD workforce. These projects include partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI) to increase their defense research capacity and building roadmaps for the Navy identifying ways their funding can build a stronger workforce.  

About the
Role

The STEM Workforce Development Associate requires passion and drive to help the Navy continue to build a robust, diverse, and enduring cyber and STEM workforce. This role requires coordination with Integer’s cyber physical systems research team, as well as the ability to interface with stakeholders at university and in government to identify gaps in workforce and research capacity, conduct outreach and awareness building events for the STEM and cyber security workforce, and construct university-industry engagements that strengthen the employment pipeline for STEM students joining the naval research and development enterprise.  

The STEM Workforce Development Associate will also work with Integer leadership to develop roadmaps for government partners outlining approaches to increase the diversity and strength of the naval workforce. This will require identifying challenges with current and past approaches, identifying how to improve those approaches, and articulating those findings to the government. The STEM Workforce Development Associate requires the ability to understand challenging science and engineering topics and the mindset to tackle workforce diversity questions with both a human story qualitative approach as well as a quantitative and results driven approach. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Work with Integer and our University partners to develop approaches to build research capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI). 

  • Identify ways to strengthen HBCU/MSI STEM programs and improve the pipeline from those institutions to careers that support the broader Naval Research and Development Enterprise. 

  • Organize outreach and awareness events, industry-academia partnership building efforts, and student recruitment events. 

  • Support Integer’s cyber-physical systems research team with collaborative research projects with university partners. 

  • Meet with stakeholders from academia, government, and industry to identify gaps in current STEM and DEI investments and develop approaches to fill those gaps. 

  • Work with Integer to develop a roadmap articulating how Navy research and development investments can be structured to fill identified gaps and improve the diversity and strength of the STEM workforce. 

  • Support annual updates to the roadmap based on tracking of various projects sponsored by the DoD and Navy.

Core Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoD Secret Clearance. 

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of experience relevant to the primary responsibilities outlined above.

  • Experience or exposure to university research apparatuses, and the challenges universities face with respect to workforce development. 

  • Experience working in workforce development or diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. 

  • Experience organizing large (30+ person) events, collecting information from attendees, and extracting outcomes.  

  • Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.  

Additional
Desired
Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field (e.g., data science, computer science, computer engineering). 

  • Experience or exposure to the cyber security field and a general understanding of the technical problems the industry faces. 

  • Experience with quantitative/data-driven approaches to research. 

  • Some experience with general purpose or computational programming languages (e.g., Python, MATLAB).  

  • Experience working with Navy or Department of Defense customers. 

Company
Benefits

  • Integer fully covers medical, prescription, vision, and dental insurance costs for the employee and dependents. Meaning Integer standard plan pays 100% of health insurance premiums for your entire family from a well-known national insurer, saving its employee’s thousands of dollars annually. 

  • Relocation assistance available. 

  • Base salaries which exceed local & national industry averages. 

  • Year-end performance-based bonuses. 

  • 401(k) with company matching that vest immediately; no funny business. 

  • Paid Vacation 

  • Paid Sick Leave 

  • Paid Holidays 

Company Perks

  • Startup culture with the stability of a large company. Integer’s business plan has years of time phased contracted work, alleviating the would-be risk from a traditional small company. 

  • Direct access to company leadership, prioritization of people over process, and a stellar team with a shared desire for personal and professional growth.  

  • Friendly atmosphere where people enjoy not only their work and what they're creating but enjoy helping each other as well.   

  • Bottomless Coffee! 

Integer Technologies is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please let us know. In keeping with our culture and values of growth and open-mindedness, we at Integer Technologies believe in the inherent benefits of a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment. Trust, inclusion, openness, and diversity of perspectives are paramount for our team to perform at its peak.

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