Associate Specialist in Water Resources Management and Engineering

University of California-Merced
Merced, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The VICELab at UC Merced directed by Dr. Joshua Viers, is looking for a self-motivated and qualified Specialist in Water Resources Management and Engineering. The candidate is expected to use his/her professional expertise to make scientific and scholarly contributions to our lab.

The main goals of this position include developing and implementing integrated watershed modeling approaches aimed at quantifying impacts to hydropower generation and operations, and downstream ecosystems, in response to changing climatic conditions, and collaborating with a team of water resource engineers and watershed scientists to develop climate change adaptation strategies for California. Also to engage in all aspects of study design and execution, including data acquisition; statistical analysis, modeling and interpretation of results; programming and software development; preparation of manuscripts, report, and proposal; and presentation of findings at conferences and outreach events. Other responsibilities extend to the occasional training of students and staff in the scientific method and specific modeling techniques; preparation of proposals for scientific research funding; and communication and engagement with collaborators globally.

Qualifications: Highly self-motivated individuals who have demonstrated the ability to conduct scientific research with strong written and verbal communication skills are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have obtained a Master’s degree in Water Resources Management Engineering or a related field. Experience in water resources modeling (e.g., SWAT, HEC-x, WEAP, VIC, OpenAgua, Pywr) is required. Evidence of experience in programming (e.g., Python, Matlab, R, C#), geospatial analysis, optimization, team science, and stakeholder engagement is also required. A PhD is preferred.

Interested applicants are required to submit 1) curriculum vitae, 2) cover letter, and 3) a list of two references with contact information including phone number and e-mail address; this will be submitted through the Recruit system.
Salary is based on the University of California Academic Salary Scales. Review of applications will begin on July 1 with a final closing date of July 30.

The University of California, Merced is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, students and staff. The University is supportive of dual career couples.

Please contact Dr. Joshua Viers at for additional information.

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is strongly committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is well equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California and nationwide. The campus has a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and surrounding area. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (