Visiting Hydroclimatologist - Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research Institute (A1700600)

Champaign, IL
Sep 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Hydroclimatologist
Illinois State Water Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Water Survey of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. 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.

The Illinois State Water Survey is seeking a Visiting Hydroclimatologist to conduct scientific research and analysis related to climate issues affecting urban and agricultural surface water resources in support of the Principal Investigator(s).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

• Perform statistical analysis of hydrologic/hydro-climatic data, and develop statistical models of hydrologic and hydro-climatic processes.
• Evaluate hydrologic impacts of projected climates using hydrologic modeling
• Ensure quality of data used in the models, model design, calibrations and applications
• Analyze model results; prepare and public results in technical reports and peer-reviewed journals.
• Present research results at meetings with sponsoring agencies and conferences
• Provide technical support with preparation of research proposals and other tasks as needed to support the scientific research efforts of the Principal Investigator(s)

Position Requirements and Qualifications:
Education Required: MS degree in Engineering (Civil, Water Resources, Environmental or similar curriculum)

Preferred: Ph.D. degree in fields listed above.

Experience Required: A minimum of 1 year of applicable work experience; work spent on M.S. thesis/Ph.D. dissertation is applicable.

Preferred: Experience with precipitation of frequency analysis, using L-moments or similar approaches, flood frequency analysis. Experience with analysis of statistical and dynamical downscaling climate data.

Training Preferred: Certified Professional Engineering Certification

Knowledge Required: Course work and/or experience in hydrologic analyses, climate-related studies and statistics/data mining. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational and team work skills. Demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities and stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision.

Preferred: Familiarity with software in hydrologic analyses such as SWAT, HEC-HMS, HSPF, VIC, and ArcGIS desireable.

This is a visiting full-time position paid on a 12-month basis. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need.

Proposed start date: as soon as possible after the closing date, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Salary: is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment status: full-time, grant/contract funded, benefits eligible, visiting academic professional position Application procedures: Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references by October 13, 2017. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Hannah Dorsey at (217) 333-4978 or

The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Hydroclimatologist - Illinois State Water Survey/Prairie Research Institute (A1700600)
Open Date: 09/22/2017
Close Date: 10/13/2017
Organization Name: IL State Water Survey


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