Job Summary

The PARI Quality Assurance Engineer is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of project specific quality assurance programs in accordance with the quality requirements defined by contract terms and conditions. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a ground-breaking, innovative new initiative with the Purdue Applied Research Institute! This individual will work with the project technical team to develop and implement the quality assurance portion of all activities and deliverables including but not limited to: (i) engineering, (ii) design, (iii) procurement, (iv) fabrication / construction of all components, (v) assembly / installation of all components, (vi) testing (including calibrations of instrumentation and associated systems and the maintenance of such records), (vii) data processing, (viii) reporting, (ix) development of computer models, (x) assessment and reporting of results. 

This person will collaborate with project managers and project principal investigators (PIs) regarding project timelines, deliverables, budget, and resolution of quality concerns and issues while anticipating and communicating next steps. This person must utilize quality-engineering expertise to help guide decisions and best practices throughout project durations.

About the Purdue Applied Research Institute:
At PARI we create leading-edge solutions for complex problems in national security, global development, and technology. Established in 2021 by The Trustees of Purdue University, the Purdue Applied Research Institute is the non-profit applied research arm of Purdue University. PARI co-creates solutions and builds on the deep research strengths of Purdue’s faculty, students, and staff to solve dynamic challenges for the United States Government, industry, and non-profits. PARI partners to advance applied, interdisciplinary, and translational research in three divisions: National Security and Defense, Global Development and Innovation, and Technology Acceleration, including Digital Innovation in Agrifood Systems Lab (DIAL).


  • US Citizenship
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering discipline, preferably mechanical or civil engineering discipline 
  • Five (5) years of experience in Quality Control or Quality Assurance roles, writing quality plans for testing projects and cases
  • Excellent understanding of quality standards
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop reports and presentations 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with attention to detail
  • Must be adaptive and flexible to change
  • Must be comfortable with some level of ambiguity and fluctuating responsibilities


  • Leadership experience 
  • Experience with the implementation, certification, and operation of an ISO 17025 quality management system 

Additional Information: 

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines
  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary 
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contribution Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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