Position Available: Research Associate III – Tickle College of Engineering

Applications accepted until filled with qualified candidate.

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Tennessee Water Resources Research Center

Conference Center Building; Suite 311

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4134

Tele: 865-974-2151


Director:   John S. Schwartz, PhD, PE


Research Associate III – Tickle College of Engineering

Regular, Full-time,

A doctoral-level research position in the area of water resources engineering and environmental assessment.  Responsibilities include conducting research based on individual background, supporting current research projects, and supporting research proposal development.  Interested areas of water resources to enhance research activities at the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) include one or more of the following: watershed hydrological modeling associated with climate change, large dataset analyses and management, statistical and GIS spatial analyses, stream quality field assessments, stormwater management, and water quality analysis.  

Job Functions/Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include watershed hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling and spatiotemporal data analysis for water availability studies in the Southeast region of the US, and other regions, associated with potential impacts from climate change on the water-energy-food nexus.  Though this is one focus area in pursuit of future research funding, the Research Associate III will have the flexibility to conduct research in their own area of interest, which may include one or more of the potential activities listed above, or other research area as long as it leads published works.  Responsibilities as the PI and co-PI include preparation and submittal of research proposals, and management of projects to successful completion.  Other duties include assisting in the development and implementation of professional training courses, supervising graduate students as needed, and general TNWWRC operational needs.

Apply through this email link:

Minimum Requirements:

Education: PhD in water resources and/or environmental engineering or closely related field.

Preferred level/type of experience:  Two (2) years research experience, post PhD with experience with proposal writing.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

– Understanding of water resources management and agricultural food production (water-energy-food nexus).

– Understanding watershed planning and modeling; GIS and statistical analysis; Skill in hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) modeling and database management.

– Ability to communicate both verbally and written with sponsors of research projects.

– Skill in technical writing and preparation of research proposals and academic journal articles.

– Ability to conduct multidisciplinary research; and collaborate effectively with other researchers.

Tennessee Water Resources Research Center

The TNWRRC is the state representation to the National Institute of Water Resources (NIWR), associated with Section 104 of  the Water Resources Act with funding through the US Geological Survey.  It is housed in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Land-Grant Institute for the state.  There are 54 NIWR water centers across the United States and territories.  The TNWRRC serves as a primary link among water resource experts in academia, government, and the private sector across the state of Tennessee, which plans, facilitates, and conducts research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water resource problems. The TNWRRC is engaged in the promotion of research, education, and community outreach through technology transfer, training, and application of research results.

About Knoxville

Our historic and revitalized downtown, just a few blocks from campus, is always abuzz with shows and celebrations, bringing thousands of visitors for events like the Big Ears, Christmas in the City, and Dogwood Arts festivals. Downtown Knoxville showcases eclectic dining and shopping, a weekly outdoor downtown farmers’ market, two historic theatres, art galleries, and museums. The region’s rich and progressive music scene features everything from local hip-hop concerts at shoebox-sized clubs to large acts at a 1,000-seat 1920s art deco theatre. Lakes and rivers scatter the landscape and 65 miles of greenway trails make Knoxville an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. The Knoxville area offers more than 80 parks, including the 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness located just ten minutes from the University. The Urban Wilderness offers an abundance of hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, trail running, and an escape to nature just miles from downtown Knoxville. To top it off, less than an hour away is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with over 800 miles of maintained trails in an exceptionally diverse ecosystem.

Direct questions about the position to Dr. John Schwartz, TNWRRC Director.

REGISTRATION OPEN: Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium

January 6-7, 2022, the Algal Bloom Action Team is hosting a free Virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Research Symposium.  Last year’s event brought together over 890 educators and researchers from across the US to hear the latest HAB research and discussed ongoing outreach efforts.

This year’s  symposium will feature emergent harmful algal bloom (HAB) research and provide a venue for moderated discussions regarding HAB research, outreach, and how information dissemination can be improved. We have 16 cutting edge HAB research presentations lined up focusing on four different topics:

  • HAB Monitoring and Ecology
  • Cyanotoxin Treatment and Detection
  • Forecasting and Modeling HABs
  • Emerging Technology for Detecting and Monitoring HABs

This event is free, but registration is required. More information, including a detailed agenda is forthcoming. Stay tuned!


Position Available: Research and Extension Coordinator (REC), University of Minnesota

Applications due by November 22, 2021.

The Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota seeks applications for a Research and Extension Coordinator (REC) to manage major grant programs, develop an independent research and/or Extension program, and assist WRC leadership with other strategic activities.

This position is responsible for managing the Watershed Innovations (WINS) program and all USGS-funded programs. The position also coordinates activities funded by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and large-scale extramural grants. Additionally, the REC will develop an Independent research or Extension program with a water-related focus dependent on the individual’s background and training. 

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from all qualified individuals regardless of background and identity. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis upon submission. For fullest consideration please apply by November 22, 2021.

For a full position description including application instructions, visit the WRC Employment webpage. Contact Jeff Peterson, WRC Director, with questions (

(PAST) 2-3PM, November 9 – Geothermal Illinois: Resilience Winter Webinar Series

Geothermal Energy: Federal Energy and Water Sustainability Requirements

Energy Storage, Disaster Resiliency, and Sustainability

Federal Models in Resiliency and Sustainability: At home and Abroad

** This event has passed. You can view the slides, recording, and find more information at the links below! **



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To subscribe to receive information on further geothermal webinars/programs:

Unlike the sun and the wind, geothermal energy resources are located underground and not commonly visible or exposed to disaster. This resiliency makes them a valuable untapped resource. University of Illinois Extension, in collaboration with the Illinois Geothermal Coalition, is providing a webinar series this winter with expert testimony on the value, sustainability, and policies surrounding geothermal energy.

This will be the first part of an ongoing webinar series.

View the announcement post on the Illinois Geothermal Coalition website here.

View the full event posting and register here.

Nominate a Graduate Student – Opportunity for a Sponsored IAH Student Membership

Call for Nominations – Due December 17, 2021

 The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) U.S. National Chapter (USNC) encourages hydrogeology graduate students eager to learn more about hydrogeology worldwide to join IAH. 

The USNC is continuing to sponsor one-year student memberships in IAH for several select graduate students. To pursue this opportunity for 2022 the USNC requests the following: 

• USNC members and University professors/advisors in graduate hydrogeology programs can nominate one hydrogeology graduate student for a one-year membership. The nominee must remain a graduate student at least through December 2022 and cannot have received a USNC sponsored student membership in the past. 

• Nominating USNC members and professors/advisors should determine that the graduate student has an interest in and will benefit from this membership and submit the following qualifying information: 1. Nominating member’s or professor’s/advisor’s name, institutional/academic/corporate affiliation and department, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email); 

1. Student’s name, academic affiliation and department, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email); 

2. Student’s graduation month and year (anticipated date); and 

3. Statement relating to student’s interest and potential benefit derived from IAH membership (1 to 2 sentences). 

• Nominations are due by December 17, 2021; please email the requested nomination information to Andy O’Reilly, USNC Executive Committee member, at

By January 17, 2022, the IAH USNC Executive Committee will a) qualify the nominations, b) select awardees, and c) notify all nominees and nominating members or professors/advisors. The IAH USNC will submit the applicant’s contact information and payment to IAH headquarters for the student’s IAH membership, including subscription to the Hydrogeology Journal, beginning with the first issue of the membership year. The awardees will be featured in the Spring 2022 IAH USNC Newsletter. 

The USNC looks forward to increasing student participation in IAH! Visit our websites to learn more about IAH ( and the USNC ( 

Call for Abstracts: 2022 UCOWR/NIWR Annual Water Resources Conference

Abstracts due electronically by January 24, 2022

Conference held June 14-16, 2022 in Greenville, South Carolina

The conference planning committee is pleased to invite abstract submissions for the 2022 UCOWR/NIWR Water Resources Conference. Gaps in projected water supply and demand, declining water quality, increased food and energy needs, and a changing climate highlight the numerous water challenges facing society and water resources professionals. UCOWR and NIWR invite you to join leading researchers, educators, water managers, students, and other professionals from across the country and world to join the dialogue as we seek to develop solutions to complex water resources challenges and explore bridges between science and policy. We call your attention to a special focus on Water Resilience, to encourage conversations about how watersheds, ecosystems, infrastructure systems, governance structures, and communities can adapt and transform in the face of current and future stressors.

The full Call for Abstracts with requirements, possible topics, and submission instructions can be found here.

Position Available: Assistant Professor, Hydrology – Cluster Hire, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We specifically seek candidates with expertise in the transport, transformation, and fate of solutes and materials carried by groundwater and/or surface water, as well as in the solute exchange and processing that occurs within or at the interface between these two domains. This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative that aims to further build the vibrant community of water scholars at UW-Madison ( ). Further information regarding the cluster hiring initiative can be found at Further information about this Freshwater Sustainability Cluster can be found at Tenure home will be determined at time of hire.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the research, teaching, and service mission of their tenure department. They will develop a vibrant, internationally recognized, and externally funded research program. They will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as mentor students. They will be expected to participate in professional, public, and university service as appropriate. We are also interested in candidates who can contribute to an inclusive environment, and who can bring new perspectives on mentoring and educating students from diverse backgrounds.

In addition, the person hired will actively contribute to the cluster through research, teaching, and interaction with the Water@UW community.

Given the nature of this position, the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (College of Engineering) or the Department of Geoscience (College of Letters & Science) are the likely tenure homes, though placement will be agreed upon by the University and candidate based on scholarly fit. There is the option of a co-appointment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The Nelson Institute is an interdisciplinary division of the University with faculty from across campus involved in interdisciplinary educational research, teaching, and outreach. The Institute administers the campus interdisciplinary Masters in Water Resources Management, among numerous other programs. UW-Madison is also uniquely positioned for collaboration with state and federal agencies based in the Madison area, including the USGS Water Science Center, the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and USDA.

View the full job posting here.

Position Available: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor without Tenure – Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the junior level (assistant or untenured associate professor). We give high priority to the overall originality and promise of the candidate’s work rather than the candidate’s sub-area of specialization within Civil and Environmental Engineering.

We seek applicants in support of the Department’s vision of Engineering for Sustainability ( with particular interest in candidates who work at the frontier of their field towards enhancing the sustainability of the built and natural environments. Applicants should have an earned Ph.D., evidence of the ability to pursue an independent program of research, a strong commitment to both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and the ability to initiate and conduct research across disciplines. A successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and to build and lead a team of graduate students in Ph.D. research.

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, the School of Engineering, and Stanford University value faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates may optionally include as part of their research and teaching statement a brief discussion of how their work will further these ideals.

View the full job posting here.

Position Available: Physical Hydrogeologist, Oregon Water Resources Department

Oregon’s 2021 Legislature made a significant investment in studying the physical hydrogeology of the state, and signaled their support for water-related projects in general though a landmark water package.  The Groundwater Section of the Oregon Water Resources Department is seeking multiple hydrogeologists to collect and analyze quantitative hydrogeologic data and apply scientific knowledge to inform our work in administering the state’s water rights system.

The NRS-3 Hydrogeologist position is a great opportunity for an entry-level to early-career hydrogeologist interested in working in the water supply sector.  This position combines field data collection with desktop data analysis to offer variety and grounding in applied science.  Hydrogeologists in this position work closely with senior hydrogeologists who will provide mentorship and experience to support continuous learning and attainment of one’s Registered Geologist license.

The ideal candidate will hold a graduate degree in hydrogeology or a related field with coursework in groundwater hydraulics and geology.  An understanding of the source of water to wells and experience with or willingness to learn models suitable for quantifying streamflow depletion by wells is important.  Strong analytical and communication skills are critical, and an understanding of or willingness to learn GIS, SQL, and Python will support the most effective analysis and application of our continuously expanding datasets and tools.  The desire to apply your knowledge and skills in a water supply and water law context will ensure sustained engagement in this position.

View the full job posting here.

Job Vacancy Announcement: Colorado Water Center Director, Fort Collins, CO

The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes created by the Water
Resources Act of 1964, collectively forming the National Institutes for Water Resources. As a division under
Colorado State University’s (CSU) Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE), the Center aims to connect all
water expertise in Colorado’s higher education system with research and education needs of the state’s water
managers and users. The CoWC leads interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities to address
complex and evolving water-related challenges in Colorado and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration
among stakeholders, synthesizes objective water knowledge to inform decision-making, and inspires the next
generation of water leaders. The Center is headquartered at CSU’s Fort Collins, CO campus, with specialists
working throughout the state and partners across the country and world. The CoWC is currently developing a
Western Water Policy Institute to be headquartered at the Hydro Building at the CSU Spur campus in Denver,
CO ( Visit the CoWC website to learn more about our work

CSU, a prestigious Carnegie Tier 1 Very High Research Activity (R1 status) University, was established in 1870
and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff and students. CSU enrolls
approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest
employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver
in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, CO.

The CoWC director is appointed by the President of CSU to serve as the chief executive, academic, and policy
officer of the Center, reporting directly to the Vice President for Engagement and Extension. The director
provides leadership and oversight of the Center’s portfolio of research, education, engagement, and service
activities, which is developed and implemented in collaboration with CSU faculty and staff affiliates, partner
higher education institutions across Colorado, and a variety of partner scholars, agencies, and organizations.
The director facilitates planning and continuous improvement of the Center’s activities, supported by a statutory
external advisory board and an internal faculty executive committee. The director also develops strategic,
staffing, and budget plans to implement an innovative and impactful water agenda that addresses state and
regional needs and is accountable for raising extramural resources through grants, contracts, gifts, and program
fees. In addition, the director is a critical public voice and recognized national expert on water scholarship and
policy issues, representing the Center at various water-related organizations, convenings, and policy
conversations. Finally, the director engages in extensive travel to fulfill the expectations of the position. The
director also serves as a key member of the Office of Engagement and Extension’s executive leadership team,
promoting impactful engaged scholarship to fulfill CSU’s land-grant mission. This position may be considered for
a concurrent continuing (non-tenured) or tenured faculty appointment if the individual possesses an outstanding
record of achievement that merits appointment as such within one of CSU’s academic units.

To view the full announcement, download it here.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at