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Research Assistant

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Other, Research


Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education


The general nature of work will be to maintain field equipment, perform data QA/QC, process field samples, and conduct hydrologic analysis in support of urban hydrology projects. This relates to the mission of CUERE to advance the understanding of the environmental, social and economic consequences of the transformation of the urban landscape.

Responsibilities include: prepares equipment for field and deploys equipment to field sites; maintains field equipment and performs data download to laptop or handheld; drives to field sites as required; collects field samples and carries out laboratory processing of field samples; assists faculty and graduate students with field experiments; organizes and analyzes data on UMBC computers using a variety of software tools; and performs other duties as assigned.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Bachelor's degree in environmental science, hydrology, geology, civil/environmental engineering or related field.  MS degree preferred.

The person holding this position must be willing to work outdoors year-round under a range of temperature, humidity, insect, and vegetation conditions. The person must be willing to walk across natural terrain  (including floodplains and sometimes steep rocky hills) to deploy and access field equipment, including walking across and in short stream segments in waterproof boots. The field work will often require stooping, bending, and balancing. Lifting and carrying small loads significant distances (pieces of field equipment typically under 20 pounds) will occasionally be required.

Use of handheld carpentry tools (hammer, saw, screwdriver, drill, wire cutters) will be required to build simple custom equipment and platforms for purchased equipment. Ability to download information from data loggers to handheld or laptop computers, reset data loggers, and maintain electrical power at field sites (solar panels/batteries/wiring) will be required. Preparation of chemical tracer solutions for laboratory calibrations may be required. 

A driver's license is required. Must be willing to drive to field sites using own vehicle when project vehicle is not available (mileage will be reimbursed).

Preferred Qualifications: 

 Master's degree preferred. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Upload a cover letter, resume, academic transcripts, and contact information for three professional references.  

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration submit application materials by 9/25/2020 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 

Grant Funded

NOTE: This position is Grant-Funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.

Additional Information: The hired candidate will report to Dr. Claire Welty, Professor of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering and Director of CUERE. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Claire Welty at
FLSA Status: Exempt

UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Work Authorization  As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

Advertised: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

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