Research Associate in Energy, Water and Sustainability

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The CEE Department at CSU is recognized both nationally and internationally for its education, research, and service and outreach programs, and is ranked in the top 40 of such programs in the USA. The CEE Department consists of 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 16 research scientists/scholars, 27 research associates, and 11 administrative professionals. Additional information about the CEE Department can be found at Air quality research and teaching at CSU spans several departments, including Atmospheric Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Soil and Crop Sciences, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere. The CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health serves to build community across these units, in addition to engaging key stakeholders so that our work produces beneficial impacts in Colorado, the U.S., and abroad.

Position Summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CIVE) in collaboration with the Center for Energy Water Sustainability (CEWS) at Colorado State University, is seeking a Research Associate III to lead and contribute to several energy, water and sustainability research projects. CSU is a land-grant institution with a strong commitment to research and education that impact society and address global problems.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in civil, environmental, chemical engineering or equivalent degree.
  • 2 years experience in innovative and sustainable engineering. Emphasis on excelling at leading and managing novel multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in working with MS Office, ESRI ArcGIS, R Statistical Computing, Adobe Creative Suite, HEC-RAS, SRH-2D, BioWin and NREL’s SAM.
  • Experience in writing successful technical proposals.
  • Experience in working with client/vendor facing projects.
  • Experience in supervising a team of research assistants execute project deliverables.
  • Experience working in a research/teaching oriented environment.
  • Experience teaching undergraduate or graduate civil engineering classes.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; detail oriented, self-driven, motivated and passionate for finding efficient solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing technical journal articles.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in identifying potential collaborations to achieve symbiotic research goals.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • Engineering lead working on various U.S. Air Force installations (68 national and international sites) for flood modeling (hydrology and hydraulic), sea level rise modeling and storm surge modeling using climate projections data, to identify vulnerabilities and provide relevant adaptation strategies for the installations to adopt to. This project has included research that has led to developing appropriate methodologies to work with unconventional data types and generate useable and valuable results.
  • Help manage 3 graduate students and 5 undergraduate seniors to train, distribute and review tasks. Collaborate with 7 research associates and 6 senior experts (Professors/Managers) including engineers, climate scientists, natural resource experts and air force mission leads to meet project scope and deliverables.
  • Work on a research project on “Evaluating the Impacts of Phosphorus Recovery Process on Inorganic Carbon and its Corresponding Effects on Downstream Deammonification”. Prepare a journal article in the works.
  • Prepare a flood plain analysis for the U.S. Air Force.
  • Engage as part of CSU’s NWC Sustainability team and contribute (when needed) to the energy, water and waste research sub-teams.

Percentage Of Time 90% Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Be part of a team that teaches the CIVE Freshman Introduction and/or Senior Design and Projects classes that are taught each year in both Fall and Spring semesters. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching and advising student teams on the environmental engineering aspects of the class.

  • Provide direction to senior design teams specifically about planning for their project scope and work.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Search Contact Stephanie Rosso,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.