Research Scientist

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Kingston, NY, USA 🇺🇸

General Description

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) manages a system of 19 interconnected reservoirs that supply drinking water to over 9 million consumers in New York City and surrounding areas. We seek to hire a research scientist or research engineer who will contribute to our efforts to develop, test and apply models of this water supply system. NYCDEP’s integrated suite of climate, watershed, reservoir, and system operations models are used to investigate the effects of climate change, floods and droughts, land use change, watershed management, and reservoir operations on the NYC water supply. We have developed and applied one, two, and three-dimensional models which simulate hydrodynamics and the fate and transport of temperature, turbidity, eutrophication, and pathogens in our reservoirs. We are seeking a talented scientist or engineer to help us improve and enhance these reservoir models.

Position details:

  • Interviews with well-qualified candidates may begin as early as June 1, 2021. Interviews will continue with selected candidates who have applied prior to the closing date.  An offer may be made any time after June 1.
  • If the position remains unfilled, applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected, or until the closing date of August 1, 2021.
  • The position is currently open and is ready to be filled. It is funded through March 31, 2023, which we anticipate will be the end-date of the appointment. 
  • Location: NYCDEP office in Kingston, NY, 100 miles north of NYC in the Hudson Valley region. Due to COVID, the current daily work location is split between this office and home for most staff; the selected candidate may be assigned a similar schedule.
  • This is a full time position with salary of approximately $64,600 per year, with employee benefits, and is open to qualified candidates of any nationality. If necessary, visas may be arranged through the City University of New York, depending on government policy.

Other Duties

The selected candidate will be expected to present work at scientific and stakeholder meetings; publish in peer-reviewed journals, and contribute to NYCDEP reports. Hiring will occur though the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY), which has a contract to support NYCDEP’s modeling program. Work will involve collaborative efforts with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, and will provide the opportunity for leadership in specific aspects of the research. The candidate will work with NYCDEP staff and other CUNY researchers on a day to day basis.


Candidates with experience in any of the following areas are of interest; experience with all of these areas is not required:

  1. Simulation of eutrophication and related nutrient and organic carbon cycling in the water column and sediments of lakes and reservoirs.
  2. Experience with modeling of the fraction of organic carbon compounds that are precursors to disinfection byproducts.
  3. Application of reservoir models to simulate lake/reservoir stratification and water quality under extreme hydrologic conditions (floods and droughts) that may occur under current and future climate conditions.
  4. Use of water quality models to guide the operation of a drinking water supply system.
  5. Development and application of alternatives to process-based reservoir models, including machine learning or artificial neural network approaches.

The candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • A graduate degree in civil or environmental engineering, water resources, environmental chemistry, hydrology, limnology, or a related discipline. This degree may be a doctoral degree, or may be a masters degree if accompanied by a strong record of research.
  • Experience in the handling, statistical analysis, and presentation of large environmental datasets, and with software to facilitate such work
  • Experience with writing software code to implement new or modified models
  • Software experience such as MatLab, Fortran, Python, shell scripting, and/or R.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research results to the scientific and water quality management community through peer-reviewed papers, conference presentations and reports.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team environment.