Research Scientist

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 19 Jan 2020

Research Scientist

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City
Categories: College of Engineering, Drexel University

About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

Drexel University's Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering invites applications for a Research Scientist to assist in teaching, research, and student mentoring.  With many governmental and non-governmental partners, the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering (SWRE) Laboratory at Drexel University evaluates the ability of green infrastructure (GI) systems to reduce urban stormwater, mitigate urban heat island, enhance biodiversity, and provide a range of other services to urban communities.

Essential Functions

  • Monitor GI sites located in New York City and Philadelphia including green roofs, bioswales, bioretention facilities, rain gardens, stormwater trenches, urban forests, and constructed wetlands. Results from the research are used by city water and other natural resource managers identify GI strategies that are most appropriate for different urban sites.
  • Assist with the SWRE lab in monitoring the hydrologic performance of green infrastructure sites in Philadelphia, as part of the Green Infrastructure Living Laboratory Project, funded by the Philadelphia Water Department.
  • Assist with other green infrastructure field monitoring projects in New York City.
  • Perform extensive field work involving the installation, programming, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of a wide range of sensors and hydraulic appurtenances including pressure transducers, climate stations, soil sensors, weighing lysimeters, flumes, piezometers, wells, infrared cameras, thermistors, data loggers, and cellular modems from a wide range of vendors.
  • Perform Data Analysis duties.
  • Project management responsibilities include completing research contracts on budget, and on time, attending project meetings, and maintaining critical relationships with project partners.
  • Project management also includes regularly meeting with graduate students assigned to various projects to ensure timely progress, and assisting in drafting progress and final project reports and journal papers.
  • Administrative work responsibilities include assisting in proposal preparation, recruiting research coop students for our spring field work season, managing administrative tasks, and otherwise assisting in the lab as necessary. The Research Scientist may also be called upon to assist in some related teaching efforts.
  • This is a soft money position, and it is expected that the Research Scientist will work with other departmental members to seek out additional funding to continue funding the position beyond the first year.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master's Degree in Engineering, environmental science, applied geology, or other such field.
  • A minimum of three years' related experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Some experience working in a university or laboratory research setting.
  • Some experience managing multidisciplinary teams.
  • Strong interest in smart growth, low impact development, green infrastructure, urban sustainability, climate change adaptation and related fields. 
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and oral communication skills. Proven ability to be self-directed and independently manage time, budgets, and expectations. 
  • Valid Driver's license required. 
  • Be qualified to teach classes in water resources, hydrologic modeling, and sustainability related fields. 
  • Experience with GIS (required), AutoCAD (desired) and other hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software like SWMM. 
  • Experience with a wide range of sensors, including sensors from Campbell Scientific, Hobo, Stevens, and similar vendors.
  • Advanced computer programming skills in languages such as Matlab, Python, SQL Server. 
  • Comfort managing big data sets, with ability to program in R, Python, Matlab, or other similar language. Machine learning skills a plus.
  • Ability to apply parametric and nonparametric statistical tests to various data sets.
  • Willing and able to work outside, even in adverse weather conditions. 
  • Willingness to work in Philadelphia, with occasional trips to New York City.


  • University City.

Additional Information

  • This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of J. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

  • Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised: Dec 19 2019 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Jan 19 2020 Eastern Standard Time

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