NIOSH Workplace Health Branch

Location: Pittsburgh PA

The Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking applicants for a Mechanical Engineer position in the Noise Control Team (NCT) of the Workplace Health Branch (WHB). The mission of this team is to eliminate hearing loss in the mining industry. The team has been highly effective in delivering noise control technologies that have been commercialized to deliver significant reduction in noise exposure. With multiple well-equipped laboratories, WHB provides an excellent environment for outstanding work and high productivity. This is an opportunity to work as part of a highly skilled and dynamic team providing “real world” solutions that directly affect workers lives.

The WHB is performing research on reducing noise-induced hearing loss among mine workers through engineering noise controls and other workplace changes. A critical element of this research is evaluating the effectiveness of the noise controls though field studies on noise reduction and developing effective noise controls in the laboratory. This vacancy is for a researcher who will be involved in the experimental and analytical research components of the development and evaluation of noise control technologies. This individual will also participate in research tasks culminating in publications and workplace interventions.


Major duties will include:

  • Collection of laboratory and field data on noise controls and noise exposure.
  • Interaction with field site and equipment manufacturer personnel to obtain agreements on test protocols, equipment modification, and other program requirements. Excellent interpersonal communication skills are required.
  • Design and implementation of field and laboratory test programs is an important part of the duties associated with this position.
  • Analysis of data using appropriate statistical and other analytical techniques and reporting on these results is a major component of this individual’s duties.
  • Preparation of scientific and technical reports for publication.


Ideal candidates will have a Master of Engineering degree or higher and demonstrated experience in noise and vibration measurement and analysis. Specialized knowledge of noise control of industrial equipment is a plus.

For more information, contact Hugo Camargo, Workplace Health Branch, 412-386-6158, or at


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