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UL, LLC Research Engineer III in Columbia, Maryland

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Underwriters Laboratories was founded 126 years ago in response to a rapidly changing world. Novel technologies needed to be understood, codified, and managed. We have contributed to these challenges by using applied research and by developing vital, consensus-based safety standards. We will continue to build upon and extend the core sciences and our unwavering commitment to public safety.

Underwriters Laboratories' global vision for the coming decade is to grow the breadth, depth and impact of our safety mission, especially in fundamental research for safety science. To do so, we will build upon our team of scientists and engineers to recruit and assemble a world-class faculty of resident and visiting scholars, safety advocates, standards experts, and business leaders who will collaborate to carry out our mission. Underwriters Laboratories is focused on emerging trends in five key program areas: Human Health, Fire Safety, Transportation, Energy, and Digital Society.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. Underwriters Laboratories stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

At the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), you will help advance fire research knowledge and develop cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. As our footprint continues to spread, we are currently looking for a Research Associate to join our team in Columbia, MD.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

Under general direction, performs engineering work in the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. including literature studies, experimental design, data acquisition, data analysis and the documentation necessary to execute comprehensive experimental studies. Assists in conducting studies and analysis to determine the feasibility of various engineering approaches. Defines concepts and criteria to resolve major problems in current programs or approaches. Plans and conducts experiments using the body of scientific knowledge on topics related to hazard based safety engineering. Projects require substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art engineering principals and theories and uses professional concepts and procedures to solve a wide range of research-based problems. Utilizes typesetting programs such as latex, open source computer programing for data analysis such as python and work sharing platforms such as GitHub to support research projects.


  • Identifies fundamental knowledge needed to enhance UL’s thought leadership and support the strategy of the Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

  • Applies intensive and diverse knowledge of engineering technology and systems engineering concepts to the specific research tasks. Exercises a high degree of judgment in formulating, evaluating, and correlating broad engineering research concepts and guiding the analysis of unique problems and developing new and improved techniques and methods.

  • Analyzes experimental data and test results in order to determine trends and develop solutions.

  • Stays ahead of changing technologies, in the field by reading journals and scientific publications, and attending academic conferences.

  • Plan, design and complete experiments as needed and document the results.

  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree in engineering, or other related technology discipline plus generally five years of direct related work experience.

  • Demonstrated general knowledge of engineering disciplines.

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain engineering based academic and applied knowledge and skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with peers and work directly with Research Scientists and other team members in order to complete a project from start to finish.

  • Excellent communication skills required.

  • Ability towear a respirator.

  • Ability to lift 50+ lbs. assisted and unassisted.

  • Ability to remain in a standing position for prolonged periods.

  • Ability work in extreme hot and cold temperatures.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.

  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.

  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.

  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

FSRI () advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Working in partnership with the fire service, research departments, and agencies, UL FSRI executes firefighter research and makes the results widely available to the global fire community. With a team of pioneering experts and access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment, and vast knowledge and insights, UL FSRI conducts and disseminates research and training programs focused on the changing dynamics of residential, commercial, and industrial fires and the impact they have on strategies and tactics throughout the fire service.

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Job ID2019-16515

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Job CategoryEngineering