Engineering Scientist - Civil and Environmental Engineering, Statler College

West Virginia University Research Corporation Human Resources
Morgantown, West Virginia, US
Jul 24, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University is seeking applications for an Engineering Scientist. The incumbent will be responsible for supervising undergraduate and graduate students in conducting various laboratory and field project activities. The incumbent will also assist students in preparing technical reports and peer-reviewed journal manuscripts.

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
  • Supervise, coordinate and conduct field water sampling activities. Incumbent is responsible for the appropriate preparation of sample containers and field instruments (e.g., pH, conductivity, ultraviolet/visible light spectrophotometer, turbidity, water flow meters), collecting water samples in a field setting, and ensuring that all relevant university safety regulations are adhered to while students and staff are in the field. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining detailed written notes and photographs of site conditions as part of the laboratory's reporting procedures. Further, incumbent is responsible for ensuring adherence to quality control/quality assurance aspects of sample collection in the field. Finally, the incumbent is responsible for obtaining appropriate university transportation, scheduling undergraduate student workers and graduate research assistants to perform field collection activities, and coordinating logistics of field sampling activities with faculty and graduate students who perform laboratory assays.
  • Conduct and report the statistical analysis of data, and prepare GIS maps. Incumbent will be responsible for performing routine statistical analyses using the research group's data analysis software.
  • Prepare technical reports detailing and/or summarizing study results. Incumbent is responsible for drafting technical document excerpted from field sample collection logs maintained as part of duties described above. Incumbent is responsible for the visual presentation (graphing, digital photography, etc.) of laboratory data in reports submitted to the external funding agencies.
  • Coordinate and assist in quantitative laboratory analysis of environmental water quality parameters. Upon successfully completion of field sampling activities, incumbent is responsible for scheduling student help in conducting laboratory water quality assays (e.g., alkalinity, acidity, total hardness, sulfate, chloride, nitrate/nitrite, phosphorus, and metals). As required, the incumbent will deliver or have delivered water samples to the NRCCE laboratory for analysis. Incumbent is responsible for ensuring that all laboratory data are entered into the research group's computer.
  • Perform routine maintenance on field and laboratory equipment. Incumbent is responsible for maintaining calibration and maintenance logs of all field meters (e.g., pH, conductivity, ultraviolet/visible light spectrophotometer, turbidity, water flow meters, atomic absorption spectroscopy) and is responsible for responsible for coordinating the repair of any malfunctioning instruments with external vendors and/or Departmental instrument technicians.
  • Order chemicals and reagents needed for the laboratory analysis of samples.
  • Conduct literature search and help prepare grant proposals in relevant research areas.
  • Bachelor's Degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science, environmental engineering, or related field.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience in the following:
  • Supervisory experience in technical laboratories.
  • Experience conducting water quality analysis procedures and working in a water quality laboratory.
  • Experience conducting field data collection activities.
  • Experience in technical report and grant proposal preparation.
  • Experience in working with undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Ability to conduct and direct field water quality analyses.
  • Ability to interpret and employ US EPA approved water quality tests and those methods detailed in Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports for State and Federal funding agencies.
  • Ability to interpret aerial photographs.
  • Ability to use word processing, spreadsheet, and data base as part of data analysis and reporting requirements.
  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to use autotitrators, flow meters, pH meters, turbidimeters, conductivity meters, atomic absorption spectroscopy, and similar equipment.
  • Ability to understand and apply EPA Rapid Bioassessment Protocol III (RBP III).
  • Ability to generate technical reports and peer-review journal papers.
  • Ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students.