Research Engineer I

Utah State University

Logan, UT, USA 🇺🇸


The Utah Water Research Laboratory at Utah State University has an opening for a research engineer to join our hydraulics laboratory team. The selected candidate will work with faculty principal investigators on highly variable physical hydraulics modeling and testing research projects in the hydraulics lab. The selected candidate will report to the UWRL hydraulics lab manager.


  • Assist in the layout and construction of hydraulic projects in the laboratory, including engineering of the sizes, scales, and locations of physical hydraulic models.
  • Manage or co-manage hydraulics construction projects and testing as well as any personnel working on those projects. They will coordinate the schedule of personnel, space, equipment, and water allocations with the lab manager in order to meet the technical and timing requirements of multiple projects.
  • Perform experiments, and direct others in the performance of experiments, needed to produce the hydraulics data required by research and testing projects.
  • Help the lab manager train faculty, students, and laboratory technicians in the proper use of instrumentation and procedures for hydraulics data collection.
  • Work closely with clients visiting the lab.
  • This person will have a large role in safety training and keep all safety training documented while updating the UWRL Safety plan when needed. Serve on the UWRL Safety Committee.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in civil or mechanical engineering with courses related to fluid mechanics and hydraulics.
  • Experience with engineering, construction and construction methods.
  • Experience using measurement instrumentation.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate well (both written and oral).
  • Experience in the preparation of technical reports and papers.
  • Experience managing people working in a laboratory setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Hydraulics laboratory experience.
  • Technical knowledge of pumped and gravity-fed pipeline systems.
  • Experience with Froude modeling and related hydraulic model design and construction.
  • Training and experience in pipeline design and layout, pipeline fabrication, and test component design and fabrication.
  • Knowledge of hydraulics instrumentation including transmitters, ultrasonic flow meters, magnetic flow meters, Venturi flow meters, differential producers, and knowledge of Hart protocol and the ability to troubleshoot and identify instrumentation problems.
  • The ability to prepare and interpret model/pipeline design drawings needed for hydraulic projects.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Be prepared to respond to the following questions during the application process:
    • Please describe in 2 to 3 sentences why you are applying for this position.
    • Please describe in 4 to 6 sentences what makes you well qualified for this position.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Salary based on experience plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Utah Water Research Laboratory conducts collaborative water and environmental research in Utah and throughout the world to advance innovative solutions, promote scientifically informed policy and management decisions, and train tomorrow’s leaders. UWRL researchers are successful because of the support received from staff. We value diversity, creativity, loyalty and hard work, and are committed to justice, equity, inclusion and environmental stewardship, and welcome applicants that share these values. We have high standards and hire exceptional people.

The position is funded by hydraulic projects completed at the UWRL and employment is dependent on the availability of private, state, and federal funding.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

*updated 11/2022





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development