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Mar. 31, 2017 -   Job posting: Community Water Resources Research Assistant

The Wayne State University Healthy Urban Waters Program is seeking applicants for a Community Water Resources Research Assistant.  The role of the research assistant will be to conduct research and community outreach at the direction of a faculty principal investigator both independently and in a team environment.

The Research Assistant will:

  • Play a lead role on a range of research, community outreach and educational programs that advance the mission of the Healthy Urban Waters Program.  May be responsible for the culmination of research efforts alone or in partnership with others, including study design, analysis, reporting, development of educational materials, and dissemination of results to stakeholders via a range of mechanisms.
  • Interact with environmental consultants, agency employees, community members and other researchers for successful delivery, analysis and reporting of data from many sources.
  • Conduct field work and site visits as needed to collect water- and infrastructure-related data, requiring the use of GPS surveying equipment, water metering and measurement devices, mapping software and other data and equipment resources.
  • Research hydraulic and hydrologic modeling systems and select and implement appropriate modeling approaches with the oversight of the principal investigator.  Conduct data entry, ground-truthing, calibration, and analysis necessary to obtain desired model results.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outreach and community engagement plans, including identification of objectives, target audiences, and stakeholders. Cooperatively build upon, regularly revisit and adjust the outreach and engagement approach based on emerging opportunities.
  • Provide administrative assistance and record-keeping as needed to achieve the organizational mission.

The Research Assistant position is expected to be a full-time position.   

The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree (e.g. M.S., PhD) with relevance to aquatic science and engineering. The candidate should have experience and familiarity with:

  • water quality monitoring, modeling and data base systems, particularly EPA SWMM modeling and EPA-NET distribution system modeling
  • urban infrastructure systems, including drinking water delivery, storm water management and treatment, and green infrastructure such as rain gardens, downspout disconnects, and urban forestry.
  • community engagement and education methods, including the use of community-based participatory research, social media contact tracking and other practices.
  • environmental issues on the Huron to Erie corridor. 

The position requires an intrinsically motivated and independent individual with strong skills in communication, project management, organization and collaboration. Documentation of excellent written technical communication abilities will be a requirement of hiring.

Wayne State University is a large, comprehensive, nationally ranked research institution with state-of-the-art research facilities. The metropolitan Detroit area offers a rich cultural and educational environment, an excellent standard of living, and easy proximity to Michigan's lakes, forests and recreational sites.


To apply, send a letter of interest by email with "Water Data and Community Outreach Research Assistant" in the subject line, including a CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Carol Miller at ab1421@wayne.edu

Link to official WSU job post

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