Research Associate

University of Texas-Austin
Austin, TX, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Doctorate
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ASAP

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Job Description:

To lead and conduct interdisciplinary, applied research in the areas of water resources management, particularly related to floods in Texas, but expandable to other regions in U.S. and globally, depending on funding. We are seeking a researcher with experience in water resource management using one or more of the following technical approaches: numerical modeling of river basins at regional scales, familiarity with remote sensing (e.g. Soil Moisture Active Passive), and use of ground-based monitoring data (e.g. soil moisture monitoring network, groundwater level data). Applications can include a new statewide flood plan for Texas, hydrologic and hydraulic inputs to flooding, flood mitigation in urban and rural settings, and environmental flows.

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General Notes

The position is located in the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) of the Jackson School of Geoscience at The University of Texas at Austin. The incumbent will serve as an expert Hydrogeologist or Hydrologist in surface water hydrology, groundwater-surface water interactions, and processes contributing to changes in surface flows related to floods and droughts. We are seeking a researcher who can provide input to local, state, and federal agencies involved in water resource management using one or more of the following technical approaches: numerical modeling of river basins at regional scales, familiarity with remote sensing (e.g. Soil Moisture Active Passive), and use of ground-based monitoring data (e.g. soil moisture monitoring network, groundwater level data). The Bureau specializes in solving both applied and basic research questions. The Bureau has access to considerable physical and numerical assets to address complicated scientific questions, including the Texas Advanced Computing Center, geophysics equipment, an in-house advanced lidar system, substantial monitoring capabilities (e.g., Texas Soil Observation Network), already in place and in operation for years, strong collaboration with the Center for Space Research at UT, and a broad array of collaborators at the state, national and international levels.

Responsibilities

  • Perform fundamental and applied research in the areas of water resources management, particularly related to floods.
  • Obtain research funding in water resources related research from state and federal agencies, foundations and private companies.
  • Foster relationships with research sponsors and partners at state agencies, such as the Texas Water Development Board and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and river authorities to design research projects.
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other outlets.
  • Present research results at national and international professional meetings, technical conferences, and at sponsor-held meetings.
  • Provide service to professional societies, the Bureau of Economic Geology and the Jackson School of Geosciences. Serve on committees as needed.

Required Qualifications

Completion of a Ph.D. in hydrology, hydrogeology, geology, soil science, or civil engineering, or Master’s degree with five years of experience. Proven record in conducting in-depth research in water resources, particularly linked to surface water and flooding; ability to work with multiple data types and multidisciplinary collaboration within and outside the Bureau; publication record commensurate with experience; proven ability to develop funding for new projects, in close coordination with project sponsors and funding agencies; excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and deliverables; interest in working in scientific teams and willingness to adapt to changing research programs, project needs, and funding sources.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

More than the minimum years, with specialized experience obtained in either the private or public sectors related to water resources, emphasizing surface water hydrology and the following approaches: numerical modeling of near-surface hydrologic processes, including interacting with National Water Model group; data analytics, data wrangling, statistics and scripting; familiarity with HPC environments; working knowledge in and ability to develop machine learning algorithms in various programming languages; experience with a variety of climatic settings; familiarity with large-scale models (e.g. NLDAS, etc.); use of scientific equipment to collect and analyze hydrologic data; design and execution of scientific investigations; develop data that feed into ecosystem services, particularly with aquatic biology.

Salary Range

$75,000 + depending on qualifications