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The Hydrology Engineer uses professional engineering concepts to perform moderately complex engineering assignments in the field of hydrometeorological observations of the atmosphere and landscape to support major research efforts. Under general supervision, assists with equipment design, preparation, deployment, and maintenance of a wide variety of hydrometeorological and hydroclimatological stations throughout the west, that may include soil moisture and surface meteorology, radars, profilers, radiosondes, and many others. The key focus of the Hydrology Engineer will be stream measurements including streamflow (manual and automated) and isotopic composition of streams, groundwater, and precipitation. Stations will require periodic stream surveys using GPS Total Stations or LIDAR, and innovative solutions will be needed at sites which are challenging to measure with conventional instrumentation.
The Hydrology Engineer will work on assignments of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors. This position supports junior researchers, interns, and graduate students to prepare and test in the lab, and then deploy and maintain field equipment in a variety of environments. The Engineer will support long-term research projects that rely on hydrometeorological monitoring and sampling as well as keeping current with the latest technologies and research advances.
At the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at Scripps, we provide 21st Century water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people and the economy of Western North America. Our goal is to revolutionize the physical understanding, observations, weather predictions, seasonal outlooks and climate projections of extreme events in Western North America. More information on our Center including our core values and priorities can be found here: http://cw3e.ucsd.edu/wp-content/uploads/CW3EStrategicPlan.pdf
CW3E Field Team employees are expected to have an interest and the ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds upholding UC San Diego's Principles of Community strengthened by Scripps Institution of Oceanography's strategic plan for inclusive excellence (EDI), https://scripps.ucsd.edu/diversity
Working knowledge of engineering principles and methods in order to independently perform professional engineering design work of limited scope and complexity. Knowledge and experience in materials selection, fabrication techniques, procurement procedures, assembly techniques, testing, troubleshooting, and calibration methods used in hydrometeorological instrument development and production. Skill in designing new sensors and complex analog and digital electronic circuitry.
Working knowledge necessary to begin independent application of principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments. Knowledge of hydrological measurement principles for streamflow, soil moisture, and other parameters. Ability to develop new methods for scientific investigation and to translate data information requirements to hardware capable of collecting such information.
Strong organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments. Knowledge and experience in project management to estimate, track and report cost of equipment and personnel, and ensure completion of work by deadlines with adherence to quality standards. Experience to provide guidance in an environment of changing priorities and deadlines in the laboratory and in the field.
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