Research Associate II (Hydrogeology)

University of Delaware

Newark, DE, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 498929
College / VP Area: College of Earth & Ocean Envir
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Research & Laboratory, Full Time



The mission of the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) includes research, exploration and service. Statutory charges include the following: systematic investigation of the geology of Delaware; exploration and research pertaining to the water, mineral, and other earth resources; preparation of reports and maps presenting its findings; and provision of factual information and advice to the officials and citizens of Delaware. Under the general direction of a senior investigator, the Research Associate II will independently perform basic data collection and applied research in the hydrogeology of Delaware. The salary for this position is supported by State, Federal and external grants and sources.


Conducts multi-disciplinary investigations and monitoring of groundwater occurrence and use. Independently collects and analyzes hydrogeologic data from DGS records and other State and Federal agencies. Independently collects complex scientific data through on-site acquisition of data and review of existing publications. Catalogs, queries, and performs routine and ad hoc quality control checks on the data using the DGS computerized management information systems. Maintains and works with complex relational databases and geodatabases for data collection and analysis and prepares accompanying maps and reports. Analyzes spatial distribution of data points and performs statistical investigation of spatial data. Uses and develops computer-aided data logging, drafting, and geographic information systems software to complete these duties.  Schedules, coordinates, and supervises field crews of investigators, students, and sub-contractors collecting data on soils, sediments, aquifer hydraulics, water quality, hydrostratigraphy, and water levels.¿ Coordinates with investigators and administrators of other University departments and outside agencies involved in this and other similar projects to collect and disseminate data and findings of research and service efforts.  In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, prepares proposals (grants and contracts) to support research projects and service efforts. Prepares technical reports and maps for publications, presentations, and submission to funding agencies. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Degree in geology, environmental science, or other related field preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of borehole geologic and geophysical methods including knowledge of drilling equipment used to install groundwater monitoring wells, and for collecting subsurface geologic samples. 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills. Knowledge and proficiency with PC-based (Windows) database management, and geographical information software. Course work in geographic information systems, numerical methods, and hydrogeology desirable.
  • Knowledge of geologic and hydrogeologic units of the Delaware Coastal Plain preferred.
  • Ability to interact and work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals, including personnel at the University and the general public.
  • Interest and aptitude for learning new technologies, software and equipment.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.


  • Possession of a driver’s license with the ability to operate vehicles legally in Delaware.
  • Position requires work inside at a computer workstation and in a sample processing and examination laboratory as well as regular physically demanding work outside in hot/cold/wet conditions, including lifting equipment of up to 50 pounds.

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Applications close: Open until filled