Researcher/Scientist III

Tucson, AZ
Feb 21, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Arizona Geological Survey

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


1955 E 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights:

This Research Scientist will be responsible for assisting AZGS research efforts in environmental geology, within the AZGS geologic hazards program, focusing primarily on post-wildfire research. The candidate should have knowledge of sampling methods in burned areas: soil sampling, hydrologic infiltration measurements, vegetation cover surveys, knowledge of flood and debris-flow deposit characteristics, and geomorphic mapping skills. The candidate should have experience with at least one programming language (e.g. Python, MATLAB, C, Fortran), experience developing and/or applying numerical models, and experience using GIS (e.g. ArcPro).

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

Primary duties and responsibilitiesinclude, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct team research, investigations, data analysis and modeling, and geomorphic mapping in areas recently burned by wildfires as part of grant-funded field projects.
  • Conduct solo and team geologic mapping and investigations as part of grant-funded field projects.
  • Lead and/or contribute to scientific projects that complement AZGS’s mission.
  • Participate in peer-reviewed scientific papers.
  • Develop and foster collaborative relationships with UA researchers, private-sector industries, regulatory agencies, stakeholders, and other academic institutions.
  • Participant in writing proposals for external funding jointly with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to engage with staff of varying technical knowledge.
  • Strong written communication skills and analytical skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years' experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in Geosciences or related fields
  • Experience conducting geomorphic or geologic fieldwork
  • Experience conducting research in recently burned areas



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function:


Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Randi Bellassai
Assistant Director, Business-Finance
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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