Assistant Research Scientist (2 positions available) via AAAS

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, US

Job Description:              

Arizona State University’s Future H2O initiative invites applications for 2 assistant research scientists in the field of Hydrology to begin in 2017. The scholars will work with Future H2O Director Dr. John Sabo, ASU’s Decision Theater, ASU’s Center for Assured and Scalable Data Engineering (CASCADE) and faculty members in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and School of Earth and Space Exploration and contribute to Future H2Os program area in Data-Driven Corporate Water Sustainability. 

This program area aims to develop data-driven decision support tools that assist our private sector partners in scoping, strategizing and designing corporate stewardship projects in large river basins across the world.

Research hydrologists will be expected to work on applying or developing land surface hydrology models and/or continental scale water quality models for the purpose of building scenario-based tools that help prioritize interventions in space and time that maximize basin scale outcomes. 

We are particularly interested in recruiting scholars who have experience modeling the impacts of wetland creation/restoration, forest management and fire-related sediment loading, non-point source pollution and hydrologic connectivity. Research scientists or engineers will model future scenarios that allow companies to visualize opportunities for corporate water stewardship including large-scale restoration projects. Data from these modelling exercises will feed into a flexible data analysis and visualization platform that will help companies strategize and enhance corporate-corporate collaboration in freshwater conservation and restoration.

The primary responsibility of the two positions will be in the application of a macroscale hydrologic model (e.g., Variable Infiltration Capacity model) or a large-scale water quality model (e.g. SPARROW or other similar approach). 

Essential Duties:             

•             Macroscale hydrologic modelling. 

•             Processing, handling, manipulation and visualization of large datasets from remote sensing, reanalysis products and geographical databases.

•             Scientific computing, including use of cluster computing resources.

•             Contribute to the design of application programming interfaces, model coupling efforts, and data analytics and visualization.

•             Disseminate results in presentations and scientific publications.

Minimum Qualifications:            

•             Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in Hydrology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or related quantitative field by the start date of the appointment. Applicants who have not yet completed their doctorate must indicate the date the degree is expected.

•             Applicants must have training or experience in one or more of the following disciplines:  hydrology, civil and environmental engineering or scientific computing.

•             Evidence of ability to conduct independent research, to collaborate across disciplines, and to publish research results.

Desired Qualifications:

Demonstrates experience in one or more of the following skills:

•             macroscale hydrologic and hydrodynamic models (such as Height Above Nearest Drainage, Variable Infiltration Capacity model, Ca-Ma-Flood) 

•             data-driven water quality models (e.g., regional SPARROW or similar macroscale hydrodynamic or sediment transport model);

•             programming skills in scientific computing languages (e.g. FORTRAN, C/C++) required for models listed above as well as scripting languages such as Python, Matlab and R;

•             visualization of complex spatial data in ArcGIS or similar geographical information system.

Department Statement:              

The Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development is committed to Advancing Research, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. We seek research funding, support faculty researchers, nurture partnerships with external partners, promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and share what we learn with the community and the world. We make discovery possible.

Future H2O is ASU’s umbrella water research initiative, housed in Knowledge Enterprise Development. More information on the project is available at Follow us on Twitter:

ASU Statement:              

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines.  ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check:        

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent up successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply:

Application deadline is 11:59PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Applicants must submit the following to [email protected]:

1.            Cover letter explaining how prior experience and qualifications are appropriate to the job activities.

2.            Statement of research accomplishments. Applicants should describe experience and goals related to the program, highlighting strengths of the applicant’s experience. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their dedication to solving sustainability problems through research and scholarship, capacity to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams, and excellent communication skills. Special emphasis will be placed on candidates who explain how their research would both benefit from and advance ongoing activities in the area of public-private partnerships to solve sustainability problems, who strongly integrate the pursuit of knowledge about earth science and modelling with end users outside of the ivory tower.

3.            Curriculum Vitae or resume.

4.            Letters of recommendation. Provide the name, phone number, address, and e-mail address of three references.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.