Research Scientist (Hydrology)

Austin, TX, United States
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Organization Type: 
Private Sector
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 


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Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.  Serving customers in over 100 countries, our research scientists and engineers continue to invent and accelerate new technologies that will increasingly transform the way people and things communicate and connect. 


Nokia Analytics and IoT is building enterprise class solutions where machine learning is applied to natural process modeling to determine dynamic and multi-tiered risk assessments for clients. Our emerging practice provides clients with risk probabilities in space and time for natural hazards such as flash flooding, inundation, river flooding, and landslides. These solutions require an experienced resource with scientifically validated approaches to solving large scale natural hazard models.    


Job Summary


This Research Scientist, Hydrology is responsible for prototyping, development, and deployment of scientifically valid, scalable, and extensible models of natural phenomena. The Research Scientist will work within Product Management and across Data Science, Research and Development, Quality Assurance, and Professional Services to define requirements, provide specifications, and operationalize natural hazard or natural phenomena models that drive clear and measurable business outcomes. 


Key Responsibilities / Functions: 

  • Develop natural hazard models that can be run at scale by combining the researchers own ideas with market, technology, and customer trends
  • Provide feedback to marketing, sales, research and development, and other business functions to document technical solutions and outcomes
  • Serve as the subject matter expert for Nokia in the areas of hydrology, natural hazards, and natural phenomena modeling
  • Provide feedback and input to short term goals, long term strategies, and resource planning related to natural phenomena modeling
  • Lead customer and internal workshops on technology and model implementation
  • Monitor competitive products and develop defensive market and product strategies
  • Track and understand evolving access network architectures and associated standards evolution.

Location: Candidate should be located in Austin, TX; Sunnyvale, CA.

Required Minimum Qualifications: (Education, Technical Skills/Knowledge)

  • Candidates must have a PhD in civil engineering, environmental science, computer science or any related field.
  • At least 2-3 year’s professional experience in risk mitigation and proactive predictions concerning natural disasters
    • A proven track record of high-quality research publications in major international conferences and an in-depth understanding of natural process modeling, like hydrology, is required.
    • The candidate must be able to demonstrate published research related to flash flooding and hydrologic processes, participation in scientific conferences as a hydrologic specialist/panelist, and job experience in a research related organization or in a teaching capacity. 
  • Candidates are expected to have the ability to conduct independent research supporting revenue goals while also contributing to team-oriented projects that often span across multiple Nokia sites.
  • A successful candidate will be versatile, flexible, hands-on, and a self-starter.
  • Experience in software development activities is also highly valued.
  • Strong written and spoken communications skills and the ability to participate in robust discussions in English are required.

Nokia is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion.  At Nokia, employment decisions are made regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.