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Staff or Assistant Research Scientist, Hydrologist

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Qualified individuals interested in this position must apply online. To ensure full consideration, your application package should be received by October 10, 2017 and must include:
  1. Completed online faculty profile/application
  2. A cover letter detailing your career interest in this position, how you meet the qualifications highlighted in the announcement;
  3. A current curriculum vitae;
  4. Contact information for three professional/work-related references, to be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant permission
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Position Information

Posting Number F054
Position Title Staff or Assistant Research Scientist, Hydrologist
Location Las Vegas, NV
FTE 100%
Position Summary

The Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) seeks a junior-level Staff or Assistant Research Scientist, Surface Water Hydrologist to be located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The successful applicant will work with DRI research personnel to perform hydrologic studies with an emphasis on analysis and modeling of surface water hydrology and hydraulics in both ephemeral and perennial flow systems in arid environments, primarily within the state of Nevada and the southwestern U.S. This work includes: performing flood assessments; delineation of regulatory floodplains; hydrometeorological analysis; forensic studies of flood damage; and hydrologic, hydraulic, and sediment transport modeling, including two-dimensional hydraulic modeling. Additional work may include support of other environmental work involving surficial processes; sediment and contaminant transport studies; and occasional field and instrumentation support for surface water hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, and soil physics related projects.

The successful applicant will be directly involved in all aspects of scientific research, to include: design of experiments; collecting, managing and analyzing hydrologic and other environmental data; and report writing. Some travel will be required. Staff and assistant research scientists may present results in project reports, conference proceedings, and/or peer-reviewed journal publications.

The Division of Hydrologic Sciences conducts a wide variety of hydrologic and environmental research that often involves complex, high-quality data collection. This research can range from the routine to cutting-edge and involve work in every type of hydrologic environment. Along with superior technical skills, DRI is seeking an individual who brings innovation and a sense of scientific inquiry to their work. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in related scientific/environmental disciplines to solve problems and improve our understanding of hydrologic environments and processes. As DRI is a soft-money research institute, ultimately the successful candidate will be expected to develop research funding opportunities through interactions with colleagues.

Required Qualifications
  • U.S.A. citizenship is required and the ability to obtain a security clearance is mandatory.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in hydrology, civil engineering, or related field if the latter had an emphasis on, or direct application to, activities described above.
  • The equivalent of two years full-time professional experience relevant to the activities described above.
  • Experience with hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.
  • Experience with standard hydrologic/hydraulic modeling software.
  • Experience with hydrologic/hydraulic and environmental data compilation, quality assessment, and analysis; and report writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain quality, safety, and control standards.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstration of vested interest in their work.
  • Team player with diverse interests and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Nevada driver’s license or ability to obtain one by hire date.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with arid environment hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, including alluvial fan hydraulics.
  • Experience with advanced hydrologic/hydraulic modeling software, including 2-dimensional modeling.
  • Experience with ArcGIS/ArcMap analyses, particularly related to hydrologic/hydraulic and environmental analyses.
  • Demonstrated experience with hydrometeorologic and other data analysis.
  • Experience with sediment and contaminant transport analysis.
  • Experience with geologic or geomorphic map interpretation.
  • Demonstrated skills in the design and implementation of hydrologic/hydraulic and environmental field experiments.
  • Demonstrated field experience in remote locations.
  • Experience with acquisition of surface water and sediment or contaminant samples.
  • Experience with installation and maintenance of field instrumentation related to the above activities.
  • Experience with geochemical laboratory studies and water-quality monitoring experience.
Conditions of Employment / Physical Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required and the ability to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance is mandatory. Please note that subsequent re-investigations may be required.
  • The successful candidate will be offered the position contingent upon passing a mandatory test for the absence of any illegal drugs (as defined in 10 CFR 707.4) as well as satisfactory credit, criminal and background investigations. Participation in an ongoing random drug testing program is also required
  • Some travel for field projects, typically in the southwestern United States, will be required.
  • Must have the ability and willingness to work in inclement weather including high temperatures for extended periods and lift heavy equipment and samples (50 lbs).
Salary Information

DRI salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is eligible for DRI’s benefits package and relocation assistance. For more information about Faculty benefits visit:

Note to Applicants

The individual who is offered and accepts this position must provide, within 30 working days of his/her start date of the position, a copy of the transcript(s) of the highest degree he/she acquired, as awarded by an accredited institute as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

EEO Statement

DRI is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability (whether actual or perceived by others) or military status or obligation, and veteran status in employment, programs, and activities. It is further required that DRI take affirmative action in all employment matters to ensure that our policies and practices are non-discriminatory.

Posting Detail Information

Position Type Research Faculty
Open Date 09/11/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents