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UL, LLC Fire Protection Research Engineer III in Northbrook, Illinois

At UL, we know why we come to work.

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. UL 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!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

UL's Fire Testing division in the Northbrook, IL facility is looking for an individual to perform engineering work in a Research organization. The work includes project design, hazard identification, product safety considerations, and generate documentation necessary to produce test standards. Individual will work in a team environment. Activities include:

  • Assist in conducting studies and analysis to determine the feasibility of various engineering approaches.

  • Help to define concepts and criteria to resolve challenges in current testing / certification programs or develop new program.

  • Participate in the planning of and conducting experiments to apply engineering of scientific knowledge 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.


  • Identifies fundamental knowledge needed to enhance UL’s industry and standards position and support the strategy of aligned categories.

  • Applies diverse engineering concepts to new technology and product systems to resolve specific research tasks. Exercise 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.

  • Analyze product data and laboratory test results to determine causes of product safety challenges and develop solutions, and evaluates technical specifications and factors related to process or design objectives.

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

  • Author technical reports, develop and make presentations and participate in standards writing projects.

  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree in Fire Protection, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics or other related technology discipline plus generally two years of direct related work experience.

  • Demonstrated general knowledge of engineering disciplines, possession of and ability to maintain engineering academic and applied knowledge and skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with peers, and work directly with Research Engineers, Scientists and other team members in order to complete a project from start to finish. Willingness to work hands on in the lab.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to interface with clients directly and effectively.

  • Self-starter, quick learner, and eager to be hands-on. Creativity and curiosity are personal attributes which lead to success in this position.

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:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

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UL is committed to hiring and retaining a qualified diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


Job ID2020-18416

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Job CategoryEngineering