Research Assistant (Institute of Water Security and Science)

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The WVU Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) is seeking applications for a Research Assistant to perform field and lab work. The successful candidate will undertake a variety of field and laboratory procedures of technical nature, using sensitive, research-grade equipment to collect and analyze environmental samples (e.g. water, soil, vegetation, etc.).

The ideal candidate will have experience working in the field of hydrology and working with hydrologic field equipment and instrumentation. Preference will be given for experience in conducting stream flow cross sections, working with automated stream stage bubblers, and pressure transducers and collecting (including field filtration and fixing) water samples for laboratory analysis.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Collect data from hydrologic instruments and data loggers in the field.
  • Design and execute field research according to established procedures, review data, interpret findings 3. Create and maintain existing project databases.
  • Conduct experiments under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific methods.
  • Organize and store all field equipment according to safety guidelines.
  • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility.
  • Maintain equipment and assist in ordering supplies.
  • Ensure that all safety guidelines are followed strictly and consistently, and maintain a clean and orderly environment.
  • Assure compliance with research protocols and safety requirements.
  • Oversee and direct undergraduate and graduate researchers in the completion of experiments as needed.
  • Keep accurate inventory of field assets; monitor and assure proper use and conditions of field equipment.
  • Write and present research/study status reports for review and use of the Principal Investigator.

Recognizing the vital role of water to the world and state, the WVU Institute of Water Security and Science coordinates and promotes research in various areas related to water security, floods, droughts, stewardship, energy, resource management, innovations, policy, human health, land-use practices, sustainability, and other emergent areas.


  • Bachelor's of Science request; Master's of Science preferred
  • Two years of applicable experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to draft technical and narrative reports
  • Demonstrated grant writing ability preferred


  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter
  • Valid Driver's License