U.S. nationals: Water Quality Modeling Research

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Vicksburg, MS, US


The Environmental Laboratory (EL) provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. Headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization. The EL staff consists of problem solvers who use research, development, experimentation, special studies, and technical support to address the needs of national and international business development partners. Partnering with Federal and State agencies, academia, and the private sector, the EL uses its distinctive technical capabilities to resolve complex, multi-disciplinary environmental sustainability problems. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will develop their water quality modeling skills along side a team of engineers and scientists examining harmful algal bloom responses to the nutrient conditions and management practices of inland lakes. The ideal candidate will have an interest in the areas of water quality data assessment, statistics, limnology, and water quality modeling. Project activities include assessing historical water quality and reservoir operations data sets, statistical trend analysis, literature review, development and integration of novel nutrient and organism kinetics relationships into water quality modeling codes, and experimental applications of water quality models to USACE reservoirs.  

This appointment is a full-time twelve month research appointment, with the possibility to be renewed for additional research periods. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.

Participant Benefits

Participants will receive a stipend to be determined by USACE. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location.  Other benefits may include the following:

  • Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.

  • Relocation Allowance

  • Training and Travel Allowance

Nature of Appointment

The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency.  Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following skills: 
-Comfort working in MS Excel 
-Fluency in R or another data analysis language such as Python or MATLAB 
-Knowledge of manipulating databases, data streams, and/or large datasets 
-Familiarity with GIS or geographical tools such as Google Earth 
-Success in documenting technical work 

Fields of specialty include but are not limited to: 
Environmental Engineering 
Civil Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Statistics and Data Science 
GIS and Geography 

Candidates must have obtained master’s degree or be able to supply a positive recommendation from their advisor if currently a student. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (20 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (15 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-S&E (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (17 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years of age