RESEARCH SCIENTIST/ENGINEER 3
|Req #: ||143021 |
|Department: ||CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING |
|Job Location: || Seattle Campus |
|Posting Date: ||03/09/2017 |
|Closing Info: || Open Until Filled |
|Salary: || |
Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
|Notes: || As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. |
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is an academic department in the College of Engineering with over $25M in annual expenditures. The department serves approximately 500 students annually, graduating 241 bachelors, masters, and PhD degrees. The department has approximately 40- tenured/tenure track faculty, 6 research faculty, with additional faculty searches for this academic year. The department has a large portfolio of programs, including multiple online programs, a growing number of international exchanges with both Scandinavian and Asian nations, cost centers, and a professional master's program. Spread across five different buildings, the department has multiple research and testing laboratories. Lastly, the department has a strong relationship with alumni with over 7,000 alumni in the Pacific Northwest region.
The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist/Engineer 3.
This position supports the newly awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) NHERI (Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure) Rapid Facility that is under development at the University of Washington. The five-year award supports the development and operation of a facility to support state-of-the-art field collection of perishable scientific, engineering, and social data following natural disasters. The facility will include: (i) surveying equipment such as Lidar and gps, seismological and wind measurement equipment, ground investigation equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with various image data collection capabilities, building vibration monitoring equipment, portable data loggers; (ii) software tools to support data collection; (iii) staff; and (iv) a headquarters for supporting field missions, data transfer and preliminary data analysis. This is a shared use facility, and its mission is to serve the needs of reconnaissance researchers supported by NSF or other agencies.
The Research Scientist/Engineer will hold the position of Site Operations Specialist within the NHERI Rapid Facility. The applicant will carry out the day-to-day operations of the Rapid Facility under the direction of the facility's Director and Site Operations Director, the PI and co-PI on the NSF award. The position requires high-energy, genuine interest in the collection of perishable data following natural hazards, and communication and people skills for interacting with the various facility users. The selected candidate will be at the forefront of natural hazards reconnaissance science and will help to develop and implement the next-generation data gathering methods.
The primary responsibilities include: maintenance and calibration of the facility's equipment (examples listed above); field deployment after natural hazard events with external research teams to assist with equipment use to collect perishable data; development of user training programs for external facility users; development of logistical and field protocols to ensure safe and timely deployment of the facility's equipment; serving as the first contact for external users interested in using the Rapid Facility's equipment; providing facility users with assistance in archival of raw data to a national data repository; assisting with growing the facility's user base through various outreach activities; assist with development and execution of the facility's and NHERI's education and outreach activities; and assisting with NSF facility performance tracking and required reporting. Additionally, during the first two years of the appointment, the Site Operations Specialist will help: identify and acquire the Rapid Facility's equipment, setup the facility headquarters, and establish the facility's operational protocols.
| Doctoral Degree in engineering, geosciences, geospatial sciences or related discipline OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. |
Significant knowledge, skills and abilities are required in at least one of the following: surveying, acquiring and processing lidar data, operating unmanned aerial vehicles and collecting geospatially located image data for use in structure from motion. The successful candidate will be willing and able to develop skills and abilities in the other areas. The candidate should also have basic programming skills. In addition, the successful candidate should demonstrate a history of collaborative research interaction and have strong interpersonal skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
| Experience with geotechnical field investigation techniques (e.g., CPT, etc.), structural monitoring and instrumentation (e.g., accelerometers, wind pressure transducers), wind monitoring (anemometers), storm surge and coastal damage data collection (need example), field data acquisition, data visualization, coding and script writing to support data processing and instrument control, and project management. Experience interacting with: machine shop personnel to support fabrication, emergency management personnel, and with interdisciplinary teams is desired. |
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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