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Research Manager, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Research Manager, Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems


ENGR-Resilient Infrast Systems

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

IRIS is a group of researchers from over a dozen disciplines at the University of Georgia, including engineering, ecology, landscape architecture, geography, anthropology, economics, and policy and law. We work toward a more equitable, resilient future by discovering innovative ways to combine natural and conventional infrastructure. IRIS expands the definition of infrastructure to include natural systems, including the forests that purify our air and drinking water, barrier islands and natural shorelines that protect our communities from storms, and marshes that store carbon and buffer against erosion.

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Benefits Eligible

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Full Time

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Typical schedule within office hours Monday-Friday.

Advertised Salary:

$70,000-$90,000, based on experience

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include the following documents along with your UGA Jobs application:
Cover Letter
List of 3 professional references with contact information

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Research and Public Service Manager





Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

This project is highly specialized due to the incorporation of nature-based systems; for that reason, a background in green infrastructure and nature-based systems is preferred.

Preference for candidates with an advanced degree in engineering, water resources, or related area, as well as formal training in ecology or environmental science.

Preferred candidates will have an Engineer-in Training certification with the goal to pursue Professional Engineer licensure.

Preference given to candidates with knowledge in engineering design as well as CAD/Civil3D, GIS, hydraulic modeling (HEC-RAS, preferably 1D and 2D), hydrologic modeling (HEC-HMS, EPA SWMM).

Position Summary:

The College of Engineering wishes to appoint a Research Manager to coordinate applied research projects in natural infrastructure and nature-based solutions. The position is for a 12-month staff position and will be under the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS), at the College of Engineering’s School of Environmental, Civil, Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering (ECAM). The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Georgia who are engaged in collaborations between IRIS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), other universities, and private sector partners. These projects are highly specialized due to the incorporation of natural infrastructure systems and nature-based solutions.

This is a grant-funded position. Continuation of employment is contingent upon the continuation of funding sources.

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Typical for office and lab environments.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Background Investigation Policy:

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.


Coordinating and overseeing research, engineering, development, and outreach focused on natural infrastructure systems, including technology transfer of hydrologic and hydraulic design and modeling innovations.

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Supporting and mentoring graduate research assistants whose work is focused on natural infrastructure and resilient systems including coordination of projects and internships with Ducks Unlimited and other sponsors.

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Participating in innovative natural infrastructure engineering planning and design teams for external practitioner partnerships focused on natural infrastructure and nature-based solutions, including private-academic-government collaborations and Engineering With Nature projects inside southeastern U.S. military installations and across adjacent communities.

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Co-authoring journal manuscripts, applied research reports, factsheets, and other written and produced products.

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Providing construction support (e.g., general inspections) on regional projects as needed.

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Communicating regularly and in a timely fashion with project PIs and technical leads regarding research and other issues relevant to the operation of the laboratory.

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Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.

Recruitment Contact Name:

Kathryn Tiller

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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