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.
The ISWS Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program (CHAMP) has many funded projects that assess local flood hazards, identify high-risk areas, and engage community partners to inform, educate, and empower others to take action in preventing losses from natural hazards. CHAMP is a Cooperating Technical Partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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ISWS is seeking to hire up to two individuals to join the CHAMP team. The initial focus for both positions is hydraulic modeling. Applicants will be considered for one of two open positions based on engineering experience and education. The Assistant Scientist, Project Engineer position requires a higher level of experience than the Senior Scientific Specialist, Staff Engineer position.
Senior Scientific Specialist, Staff Engineer will 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. Assistant Scientist, Project Engineer will serve as Principal Investigator and / or manage projects and perform engineering analyses related to surface water resources and develop models of hydrologic and hydraulic processes. Major duties and responsibilities vary depending on position level. These positions are eligible for remote hire from within the United States.
Required Qualifications for Senior Scientific Specialist Level: 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. Solid understanding of the fundamentals of surface water hydrology and hydraulics. Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, teamwork, and technical writing skills. Meticulous work habits. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases, such as Microsoft Office Suite. The work of this position takes place primarily in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves remaining in a stationary position for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. Travel is required to attend meetings, workshops, conferences, and conduct site visits.
Preferred Qualifications for Senior Scientific Specialist Level: 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.
Required Qualifications for Assistant Scientist Level: Master of Science degree in Engineering (Civil, Water Resources, Environmental or similar curriculum). Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to the position. A minimum of 5 years of progressive work in water resources engineering. Experience using hydrologic/ hydraulic models, FEMA guidelines and GIS. Experience with using engineering methods to interpret and analyze a variety of information including, but not limited to, topography, hydrography, land cover, soils, climate, stream flow, and hydraulic structures to characterize hydrologic and hydraulic systems, and develop models of hydrologic and hydraulic processes. Project management and supervisory experience. Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. Current active Driver’s License. Certified Floodplain Manager or ability to obtain within one year of employment. Solid understanding of the fundamentals of surface water hydrology and hydraulics. Proficiency with HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, ArcGIS, FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps studies and technical guidelines. 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. Proficiency in commonly employed software, such as Microsoft Office Suite. The work of this position takes place primarily in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves remaining in a stationary position for extended periods working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. Travel is required to attend meetings, workshops, conferences, and conduct site visits.
Preferred Qualifications for Assistant Scientist Level: Coursework in GIS, urban storm water management; engineering economics, statistics. Stormwater system modeling
Appointment: This are regular full-time academic professional appointments, 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. The positions are eligible for remote hire from within the United States.
Application: Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references no later than December 21st 2020. Interviews and hires may be occur before the closing date; however, all applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.
For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jon Freiman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-2687.
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