Local recruitment: Research Engineer II (Center for Water Research)

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 2947776

Business Unit: University of North Dakota

Location: Grand Forks

Posted: 02/15/2023

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Department: Geology & Geological Eng

Close Date: Open Until Filled

Position Information


The College of Engineering & Mines at the University of North Dakota (UND) is accepting applications for an experienced research engineer or scientist to support the newly established North Dakota Center for Water Research (CWR). The vision of the CWR is to pursue new frontiers in water research and education that enables the development of new integrated knowledge of hydrologic science and water resources and the next generation of water resources experts and workforce.

To realize this vision, the UND CWR has established the following mission:

  • Facilitate the coordination of multidisciplinary water education, research, and development activities in partnership with UND campus units, other NDUS campuses, and federal, state, tribal, and industrial partners.
  • Provide a well-trained workforce cognizant of the issues facing water agencies and industry today and in the future by engaging students in education that is focused on the technical, social, political, environmental, and economic needs of the worldwide community.

Develop an inter-disciplinary water-related research portfolio aimed at developing partnerships and collaboration with industry and tribal, state and federal agencies and solving the twenty first century’s water-related problems and issues.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, annual & sick leave in addition to 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND’s great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

The Research Engineer II position exists so that CWR can hire and retain an engineer or scientist with the ability to perform high-level research activities, formulate a research plan, set up a research program to meet the needs of a client/project, write major grant proposals and manage the projects that result from these proposals.

  • Conduct laboratory, pilot, and field studies for sponsored research
  • Perform experimental and modeling activities associated with sponsored research
  • Preparation of reports and presentations for work conducted or to be conducted.
  • Work with students, staff, and faculty to complete projects.
  • Develop research data and technical write-ups for proposal opportunities
  • Be the lead or principal investigator on funded projects

Required Competencies

  • Record of success as a researcher with demonstrated ability to:
    • Formulate a research plan
    • Set up a research program to meet the specific needs of a client
    • Independently write research reports and journal publications
  • Strong writing/communication skills

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s Degree or higher in Geological or Environmental Engineering or related field, OR, Bachelor’s Degree in Geology or Environmental Geoscience or Environmental Engineering with over 5 years of related work experience
  • Experience/thesis work includes, but is not limited to:
    • Cold Region Hydrologic Modeling
    • Water quality analyses
    • Nutrient export modeling
    • Deep knowledge of the water issues in the Northern Great Plains
  • Hands-on experience and skill in an operating laboratory and experimental research equipment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software – Word, PowerPoint, Visio, Excel
  • Successful completion of Criminal History Records Check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Geological or Environmental Engineering
  • Knowledge of modeling software such as MATLAB or similar
  • Experience writing proposals to funding agencies

Minimum Hiring Salary/Position Classification

$75,000+; exempt; benefited; full-time

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

To Apply

For full consideration, all application materials must be fully submitted by 11:59PM on the closing date.

Additional Information

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All information listed in this position announcement will be used by Human Resources, the Hiring Department, and EO/Title IX for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three or more finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic. Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status as part of the application process. This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 showing character of service or NGB 22 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at UND.edu. You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58202.





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