Assistant Research Scientist – Hydrology

Tempe, Arizona
$52,490 - $75,000
Jun 23, 2017
Jul 23, 2017
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Arizona State University’s Future H2O initiative invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist 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 his position will be in the application of a macroscale hydrologic model (e.g., Variable Infiltration Capacity model) or a largescale 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: 

Ph.D. in Hydrology or related field.

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.

Instructions to apply:

Initial review of applications will begin on July 22, 2017; As long as the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please submit the following materials to

  • A cover letter specifying relevant qualifications and training
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Summary of past work (2 pages max)
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

Please include “Application for Assistant Research Scientist - Hydrology” in the email subject line.  Initial review of applications will begin on July 22, 2017; As long as the position is not filled, review will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.