Visiting Scientific Specialist (Water Resources Engineering)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, IL, USA 🇺🇸

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.   Learn more at

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ISWS is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Water Resources Engineering to administer research activities of the Survey by developing, planning, directing, and conducting basic and applied research as it relates to water resources hydrologic modeling, water-energy nexus, and water supply planning in the Watershed Sciences Section.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with PI to prepare hydrologic modeling of water resources in Illinois and beyond
  • Use hydrologic modeling to research water-energy nexus usage across the state
  • Study water supply usage, drainage, and recharge within individual watersheds and relationship between watersheds in the region
  • Research and test various water resources engineering platforms and modeling programs for optimum results
  • Work closely with hydrologists to develop, calibrate, validate and maximize efficiency through hydrologic models to assist water supply studies
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline

Required Qualifications:

Education:  Masters Degree in Civil Engineering, Agriculture, Earth Sciences/Engineering, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position.

Experience: A minimum of 2 years experience programming with Python and/or other computer languages. Must have proficiency in watershed hydrologic modeling such as SWAT or HSPF models and the use/creation of databases. Experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and GIS tools.

Preferred:  Strong programming skills with Python and other computer languages. Strong quantitative and statistical analytical skills. Experience writing peer reviewed journal papers.

Valid Driver’s License

Knowledge requirements:  Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fastpaced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Ability to apply analytical and scientific thinking to define and solve problems.


This is a visiting full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and a programmatic need.  The starting date is negotiable and salary is commensurate with experience and skills.


Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references must be received by July 6, 2022  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. 

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jon Freiman at [email protected] or 217-244-2687. 

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College Name or Administrative Unit: NP
Category: Research
Title: Visiting Scientific Specialist, Water Resources Engineering – IL State Water Survey, PRI (160276)
Open Date: 02/23/2022
Close Date: 07/06/2022
Organization Name: IL State Water Survey