Scientific Specialist, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer or Senior Scientific Specialist, Staff Engineer

Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)
Champaign, IL, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Apply By: 
8 March 2019
19 days remaining

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The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.   Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.

ISWS is seeking an Scientific Specialist, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer or Senior Scientific Specialist, Staff Engineer, up to two, depending on applicant pool and programmatic need, (specialist or senior specialist level is dependent on qualifications) to lead and administer research activities of the Survey by developing, planning, directing, initiating, and conducting basic and applied research, with an emphasis on conducting and/or reviewing hydrologic and hydraulic studies and communicating the scientific results. This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encourages to apply.  For more information, visit http://go.illinois.eud/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Scientific Specialist, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Engineer

Research

  • Conduct hydrologic and hydraulic studies using computer models, data research/capture following applicable standards and data capture protocols. Will involve using a variety of software including, but not limited to: HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and ArcGIS. Projects may use both steady and unsteady computational modes.

Research – Publications

  • Prepare publication-ready profiles, tables, maps, reports and other modes to communicate technical results, data research, model development, and methodology meeting applicable standards.

Research – Quality Assurance

  • Perform Quality assurance checks of models, graphics and reports.

Engagement and Outreach

  • Support activities associated with proposal preparation, including providing technical data and information,
  • Coordinate activities with project team, engineers and GIS Specialists.
  • Participate in meetings with team, agency staff, local officials, general public, and private consulting engineers.

Other

  • Professional Development activities such as attending conferences, giving presentations.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

Senior Scientific Specialist, Staff Engineer

Research

  • Conduct and manage hydrologic and hydraulic studies using computer models, data research/capture following applicable standards and data capture protocols. Projects may use both steady and unsteady computational modes. Use a variety of software including but not limited to: HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and ArcGIS.

Research – Publications

  • Prepare publication-ready profiles, tables, maps and other mediums to communicate technical results, data research, model development, and methodology meeting applicable standards.
  • Prepare technical reports to document and disseminate scientific results.

Engagement and Outreach

  • Provide technical support with proposal preparation, including estimating staff time and material needs.
  • Coordinate with GIS team members and serve as a project lead, developing workflow, and protocols.
  • Participate in team meetings and meetings with agency staff, local officials, and private consulting engineers,
  • Organize and conduct meetings with local officials, private consulting engineers and other agency staff involved with the project.

Administration

  • Supervise and lead the work of H&H Engineers and/or student employees to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels.  This includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, career development planning, leave/travel approval, as well as conducting annual performance reviews.  

Other

  • Professional Development activities such as attending conferences, giving presentations.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

Scientific Specialist qualifications: 

Required: Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Civil, Water Resources, Environmental or similar curriculum) with coursework in hydrology and hydraulics.  Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to the position. Course work (or equivalent work experience) using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software and familiarity with ArcGIS.  Some work experience, a research assistant at a university, internship, or other position.  Must have passed the Fundamental of Engineering Exam and be an Engineer in training (EIT); (Registration as a Professional Engineer in Illinois expected as soon as practicable).  Must attain Certification as Floodplain Manager within one year of employment.  Valid Illinois Driver’s License.  Solid understanding of the fundamentals of surface water hydrology and hydraulics.  Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, and technical writing skills.  Demonstrated ability to perform in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision.  An attention to detail, sound judgement, and strong resolution skills.  Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases, such as Microsoft Office Suite. 

Preferred:  Master of Science and additional coursework in GIS, urban storm water management; engineering economics, statistics.  Professional work experience using hydrologic and hydraulic models.  ArcGIS Experience using data sets such hydrography, topography, DEMs.  Knowledge of HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and/or SWMM helpful. Familiarity with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies, and technical guidelines helpful. Working knowledge of ArcGIS 10 or higher.  Registration Professional Engineer in Illinois.  Registration as a Certified Floodplain Manager is very desirable.

Senior Scientific Specialist qualifications: 

Required: Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (Civil, Water Resources, Environmental or similar curriculum) with coursework in hydrology and hydraulics.  Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to the position. Course work (or equivalent work experience) using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software and familiarity with ArcGIS.  A minimum of two years of professional work experience required with Bachelor’s degree.  Experience using HEC-HMS and/or HEC-RAS or similar software required.  Must have passed the Fundamental of Engineering Exam and be an Engineer in training (EIT); (Registration as a Professional Engineer in Illinois expected as soon as practicable).  Must attain Certification as Floodplain Manager within one year of employment. Valid Illinois Driver’s License.

Preferred:  Master of Science and additional coursework in GIS, urban storm water management; engineering economics, statistics.  ArcGIS experience using data sets such as hydrography, topography, and DEMs.  Knowledge of HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HEC-HMS, HEC-GeoHMS, and/or SWMM helpful. Familiarity with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Studies, and technical guidelines helpful. Working knowledge of ArcGIS 10 or higher.  Registration Professional Engineer in Illinois.  Registration as a Certified Floodplain Manager is very desirable.

This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable and salary is commensurate with experience and skills.

Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu  and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by Monday, March 8, 2019.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date and a hiring decision may occur before the closing date due to multiple positions.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Megan Weeks at   or 217-244-4768. 

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