Research & Development Engineer 2

University of California-San Diego

San Diego, CA, USA 🇺🇸


Payroll Title: RSCH AND DEV ENGR 2


Hiring Pay Scale: 59,700 – 92,000 / Year

Worksite: Remote

Appointment Type: Contract

Appointment Percent: 100%

Union: Uncovered

Total Openings: 1

Work Schedule: 8 hrs/day

Filing Deadline: Wed 3/8/2023

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UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

  • This is a 2-year contract position. However, the contract will be renewed annually.
  • This position offers a remote work arrangement. The position will be located and working in Northern California campus (Sonoma Water).

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 02/27/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 03/08/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under direction of a Principal Engineer, the incumbent will apply water resources engineering principles to assist in the development and evaluation of Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) at projects sites and the development decision support tools to assist in the implementation of FIRO. Work assignments completed by incumbent will be of moderate scope and require adequate knowledge of numerical modeling and analysis of reservoirs and managed river systems, practical knowledge of computer coding, and good communication skills.


  • Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity. Working knowledge of water resources engineering principles and methods to assist in a full range of professional water resources engineering studies and evaluations.
  • Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.
  • Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner, to assist in identifying any challenges or barriers.
  • Practical knowledge of computer coding in Python and other languages for the analysis of data and the development of hydrologic simulation models.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.
  • Position will be located and working in Northern California campus (Sonoma Water).

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Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 – $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 – $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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