Over several years, melt water flowing off the Greenland ice sheet carved this 60-foot deep canyon (note people standing at the right for scale). Source: Ian Joughin, Univ. of Washington

Job Announcement: Freshwater-eScience Research Scientist

Civil and Environmental Engineering and the eScience Institute have an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 4 at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus.

The Research Scientist/Engineer will provide research support and develop leadership in the interdisciplinary Freshwater Initiative in collaboration with College of Engineering, College of the Environment, and UW Tacoma researchers.  This field of research spans and intersects Civil Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Data Science. We are seeking to enhance our impact in computational sciences for interdisciplinary research, made possible due to additional funding from the Mountain to Sea Strategic Research Initiative to support the Freshwater Initiative.  This position will coordinate with eScience research staff, which includes researchers from many fields, including physical, mathematical and biological sciences, to expand the footprint of engagement between eScience and Freshwater.

This position will plan and execute research programs in collaboration with Freshwater faculty and other researchers through independent research activities.  This will include research project formulation, research project execution, research project publication, software development, graduate and undergraduate student mentorship, and other activities designed to advance research in Freshwater systems.  This position will report to the Freshwater Faculty Director and work closely with the Freshwater Executive Director and UW eScience Institute Executive Directors.  This position will collaborate with colleagues who are both researchers at UW (professors, other professional staff, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students) and users (domain experts within .gov and NGO stakeholders).  Because this effort is both a research project and a technology and training delivery project, its requirements can change rapidly.  The successful candidate will need to adapt to different roles and responsibilities as requirements change, and act as a key point of contact for the project across different organizational units.


  • PhD in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics with research focus on water resources questions that include expertise in working with large spatial datasets and complex numerical models.
  • At least 4 years of experience with hydrologic modeling and hydrologic data analysis.


  • Working knowledge of current field and hydrologic modeling methods to assess Freshwater systems.
  • Experience working with and managing large, long-term data sets derived from models, field experiments and observational studies.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying data science tools to aquatic science and/or hydrologic science research needs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a dynamic team environment.
  • Competence with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and associated software such as R, Python and Matlab.
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing water-related scientific research and communicating effectively through writing and presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating projects in geospatial data hack training and educational programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing mentoring.

More details about the position and information about how to apply can be found here.