Researcher (Oklahoma Water Survey)

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK, USA 🇺🇸

Organization: Civil Eng. & Environmental Sci

Job Location: Oklahoma-Norman-Norman Campus

Schedule: Full-time

Work Schedule: See schedule in Description

Salary Range: Targeted salary $55,000 depending on experience

Benefits Provided: No 

Required Attachments: Resume, Cover Letter 

Job Description


This position is a full-time, 1-year term appointment in Norman, Oklahoma. Interested candidates should submit applications as soon as possible. The individual(s) selected for this position will primarily work with water projects across Oklahoma with the Oklahoma Water Survey at OU in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. Responsibilities include: coordination of water research projects, including coordination of student and staff tasks and project deliverables; contributes to writing proposals, technical reports and documents to support research publications; installs and maintains field equipment at remote research field laboratory sites; collects and processes water data/samples; computes and interprets hydrologic-related data for preparation and inclusion in reports, databases, graphs, and charts; attends, participates and/or leads project and research meetings with public and private stakeholders/cooperators. Candidates should be comfortable working in all weather conditions, and regularly involves visiting remote laboratory field sites with potential exposure to natural hazards.

Job Duties:

  • Research project oversight. Monitors the progress of tasks and develops schedules and plans to complete research projects within a scheduled time frame.
  • Writes sections of proposals, technical reports and documents to support research publications and presentations. Contributes to dissemination of project outputs through presentations at meetings and conferences.
  • Computes, interprets and reviews water-related data for preparation and inclusion in reports, databases, graphs, and charts.
  • Collect and process water samples and/or data.
  • Install, monitor, and maintain equipment at field sites.

Job Requirements


Required Education: Bachelor Degree AND:

  • or equivalent in Environmental Science, Water Science, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geography, Geology, or other science or engineering related fields and 3 years of related job experience or equivalent.


  • Ability to communicate well (verbal and written) and build rapport quickly with students, staff, and faculty
  • Basic math skills
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Ability to communicate well and to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Technical writing skills
  • Knowledge of research methodologies and techniques
  • Project management experience
  • Knowledge of specialized terminology (e.g., scientific or technical)
  • Ability to accurately read and understand written materials and instructions
  • Detail-oriented for accuracy of data and information
  • Strong initiative to solve problems
  • Able to work well with interdepartmental teams and initiatives
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including proficiency with Excel spreadsheets


  • Driver’s license required to travel to field sites and regional meetings and conferences

Advertised Physical Requirements:

  • Physical stress or discomfort includes, but is not limited to, odors, greasy, inky or dirty materials, extreme temperature, irritating noises, heavy lifting, stooping, standing, bending, climbing or sitting with no relief and safety hazards.

Departmental Preferences:

  • 3 years of project management experience in a water-related discipline including coordination of field site setup and project oversight.
  • Strong writing and speaking skills (English)
  • Experience in public speaking and communicating with funding agencies and cooperators.


  • No Supervisory Duties


  • Depends on research being completed. Days, nights, and weekends. 

Hiring contingent upon a Background Check? Yes

Special Indications: None 

Job Posting: Sep 13, 2022





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