Research Scientist, Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab, Drexel – Apr 10

Posted by Drexel University on March 15, 2022

Drexel University’s Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering invites applications for a Research Scientist to assist in research, field monitoring, data analysis, and modeling related to urban climate change adaptation.

With many governmental and non-governmental partners, the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering (SWRE) Laboratory at Drexel University evaluates the ability of nature-based solutions to build climate resilience in urban communities. The lab’s current focus is on the impacts of extreme precipitation and extreme heat, with extensive background experience on green infrastructure. Our work is applied, interdisciplinary, and participatory. We primarily work with communities, utilities, and government agencies in the Northeast US, including Philadelphia, New York, Camden, and others. The lab is situated in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and will be supervised by Dr. Franco Montalto.

Essential Functions

The Research Scientist will become integrated in all facets of the SWRE lab activities. Desired skills include remote sensing, for example using weather stations, pressure transducers, soil moisture sensors, and various data logging and transmission systems; the ability to manipulate, visualize, analyze big data sets using tools such as R and Python; basic GIS and AutoCAD experience; the ability to run hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) models such as SWMM, PC-SWMM, 2D HEC-RAS; basic familiarity with the climate changes expected in the northeast US including extreme heat and extreme precipitation; and some basic knowledge of nature-based infrastructure solutions including green infrastructure. Due to the collaborative nature of our work, the ideal candidate would also have excellent written and spoken communication skills, feel comfortable with public speaking, and engaging a wide range of academic and non-academic partners. The position also involves some basic administrative responsibilities to keep projects on schedule, within budget, and deliverables focused.

The Research Scientist will assist in developing budgets, writing proposals, supervising student researchers, creating various academic products including papers and presentations, and otherwise assisting in the lab as necessary.

Ideal candidates will have a background in engineering, environmental science, water resources, hydrology, and climate change impacts with interdisciplinary interests and skills.

Learn more and apply.

Applications close: April 10, 2022

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