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Research Civil Engineer (Hydraulics) / Agricultural Engineer / Hydrologist

USDA/ARS/National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory
West Lafayette, Indiana
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Apr 12, 2024

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The incumbent serves as a Research Civil Engineer (Hydraulics)/Agricultural Engineer/Hydrologist for the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory in West Lafayette, Indiana. The incumbent will elucidate the interactions among surface and subsurface hydrology, soil erosion, sediment transport, and soil physical processes which will ultimately contribute quantitatively to hydraulic measurements and modeling efforts to assess soil quality, water availability and quality, sustainability, and resiliency. Major duties include:

• Utilizing hydrologic and hydraulic analyses with natural or simulated rainfall experiments to quantify the detachment, transport, and deposition of soil particles.
• Utilizing splash, rill, interrill, and/or gully erosion of soil surface processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales as a function of climate, soil, and management (including drainage and/or irrigation).
• Quantifying the impact of soil and water conservation measures on erosion, transport, and sedimentation processes on soil quality, agricultural productivity, and ecosystem services at the plot, field, and small watershed scales.
• Providing input and collaborate on computer simulation modeling of soil erosion, sediment transport, and deposition through water/wind erosion processes and those caused by tillage or harvesting operations, and evaluate erosion process’ effects on agricultural production, resiliency, and ecosystem services.

U.S. Citizenship is required. Applications will be accepted beginning March 13, 2024, and must be received by the closing date of April 12, 2024.

To view additional details about this position and complete application instructions, go to the USAJobs website: and refer to announcement number ARS?D24MWA?12343839?CLO.

USDA/ARS is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Direct Deposit: Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at
  • Successful completion of a three-year probationary period.
  • A valid US Driver's License is required to drive to and from fields.


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