Research Fellow - Geosciences Department (CNS)

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Amherst, MA, USA 🇺🇸

Job no: 517161
Work type: Senior/Research Fellow (Amherst Only)
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Geosciences
Union: Non-Unit Exempt
Categories: Research, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hiring a research fellow to help with hydrogeological reviews to comply with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements and Massachusetts Drinking Water Regulations in protecting groundwater quality and quantity. The work is being conducted in collaboration with MassDEP.

Essential Functions

The hydrogeological reviews will involve:

  • Review of new source approvals including pumping test evaluation, consideration of boundary effects, impacts to surface waters and wetlands, and groundwater model parameter evaluation.
  • Review of zone II delineations including evaluation of the 180-day travel time envelope, selection of model parameters, discretization of the geology into appropriate hydrostratigraphic units and application of suitable boundary conditions.
  • Review of groundwater discharge permits such as proper evaluation of mounding effects, knowledge of soil conditions, application of appropriate hydraulic parameters.
  • Identification of potential contamination threats.
  • The specific content of these reviews may be expanded or changed through discussions with MassDEP.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • BS or BA in geology or environmental science with course work in hydrogeology.
  • An understanding of field methods in hydrogeology such as pumping tests, tracer tests, slug tests, determination of aquifer parameters.
  • A basic understanding of groundwater modeling – model parameterization, boundary conditions.
  • An aptitude for quantitative analysis.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Professionalism and ability to work collaboratively.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Graduate degree in geology, hydrogeology, or related field.
  • Education or training in soil descriptions and evaluations.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience in government agencies.
  • Professional experience or training in water resources management or regulatory activities.
  • Technical skills: Excel, groundwater modeling software (Modflow and related GUIs (GW Vistas, Groundwater Modeling System, and Visual Modflow).

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment.

Work Schedule

  • Flexible, 35 hours per week.
  • Temporary position from January 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023.
  • Extension beyond June, 30, 2023 dependent on funding.

Salary Information

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Salary range: $35,568 – $50,000.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  t is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Dec 23 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:





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