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Chief Scientist


Shoreview, MN, US, 55126

Who Are We?
TSI provides trusted measurement, application guidance, and data analytics solutions that enable our global customers to make informed decisions.  We are creating a better world by helping protect people, products and the environment, as well as by optimizing research and industrial processes. We hire curious, collaborative, and critical thinkers.  Explore TSI careers! 

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Chief Scientist at TSI

As a Chief Scientist you will play a leading role in the evaluation and the commercialization of technology across TSI’s portfolio of existing and emerging product spaces, and will serve as an expert resource for engineers and technical staff.  You will work with multi-disciplinary design teams to define technical requirements, determine feasibility, and lay out and maintain a technology roadmap for future products.  This person will also provide consulting across the organization to address problems and recommend solutions.


TSI develops a broad range of advanced instrumentation for many markets and applications.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the ability to lead, motivate, and guide an organization of talented technical people.  If you strive to make an impact and love working with the latest technologies, TSI is a company you need to explore.


What Will You Do?

In order to grow and build a successful career with TSI, you will be responsible for:

  • Supporting existing projects and contributing ideas to improve the company’s core competency in the areas of instrumentation design, electronic sensors, chemical and gas sensors, optical sensors, lasers, spectrometers, fluid measurements, particle counting and sizing.
  • Evaluating existing methods and developing improved methods for sensors, measurements and instrumentation especially related to “Internet of Things (IOT)” sensor to cloud support.
  • Participating on project teams and attending technical reviews offering insights on detection possibilities.
  • Keeping active in the fields of interest by reviewing literature, interacting with existing and potential collaborators, and networking with industrial and academic colleagues.
  • Periodically publishing papers and generating patent applications relating to the company’s measurement needs.
  • Working with leaders in the field to develop and implement advanced measurement techniques.  This can include working from published literature or directly with developers of licensed technologies.
  • Evaluating measurement concepts and algorithms for merit and demonstrate ability to convert theoretical concepts into cost-effective, manufacturable instruments.
  • Generating theoretical models to simulate instrument performance and guide system design choices.
  • Developing and executing feasibility, verification, and validation subsystem and system level test plans.
  • Performing hands-on lab work and mentoring technicians on performing tests, documenting test results, and providing a physics-based explanation of what is being tested.


What Do You Need?


  • PhD in applied physics, mechanical engineering or similar field from an established research institution and a minimum of 10 years of experience.


  • Strong understanding of metrology and sensor calibration
  • Basic knowledge of data analytics and sensor fusion techniques
  • Familiarity with gas measurement techniques and application (i.e. NDIR, electro-chemical, PID, GC, and FTIR).
  • Electro-optics and laser physics as applied to instrumentation.
  • Instrumentation design, electronic sensors, chemical and gas sensors, optical sensors, acoustic sensors
  • Software coding experience in C, C++, C# or similar language.
  • Experience using tools such as MATLAB, Python, R, or similar to generate multidimensional models and perform data analysis and visualization.
  • Understand problems and known solutions in detecting, sizing and counting aerosol/hydrosol particles.
  • Strong working knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer.
  • Familiarity with standard laboratory safety practices.
  • Experience serving as an expert resource for instrumentation development projects.
  • Demonstrated capability to lead and influence technical teams and individuals in addition to senior level management on technical direction


What Can We Give You?
At TSI, our employees are our most valuable assets, and we care about their health and happiness. In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a competitive benefits program to keep our employees and their family members protected and foster a healthy work-life balance. We celebrate and encourage diversity at TSI, and our benefits are no different.

Dress for your day: We want our employees to be comfortable at work and we know they are more productive when they’re comfortable. The dress for your day policy allows employees’ discretion to select appropriate dress for the business of each workday.

Free Beverages/On-site Cafeterias: Enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate each day at work. We also have two large cafeteria’s employees can eat lunch in, as well as an outside patio area that employees can enjoy during the summer months.


Benefit Offerings: Competitive medical insurance plans, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, 401K Employer Contribution, Flexible Spending Account, Education Assistance, and more.


Flexible Work Arrangement: TSI employees can expect to have work-life balance, vacation, sick time, 8 paid holidays, bereavement leave, maternity/paternity leave, and more.

All offers of employment in the U.S., where legally permitted, are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 19 (currently one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine + 14 days) to pass the pre-employment requirements. Individuals with medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption / reasonable accommodation from the vaccine requirement.


Legal authorization to work in the United States without the need for sponsorship.  We require proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 



TSI provides trusted measurement, application guidance, and data analytics solutions that enable our global customers to make informed decisions.  We are creating a better world by helping protect people, products and the environment, as well as by optimizing research and industrial processes.

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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