Job Description

Research Scientist 3

Requisition IDreq11939
Working TitleResearch Scientist 3
Position Grade13
Position Summary

The Southwest Environmental Finance Center (SW EFC) is located within the School of Engineering’s Center for Water and the Environment. The SW EFC was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 to serve the states within EPA Region 6 (including NM, TX, AR, OK and LA). Since then, the SW EFC has greatly expanded its work to serve the entire country, including the U.S. territories.

The SW EFC provides solutions to environmental problems via training and technical assistance provision on a variety of managerial and financial associated with drinking water, wastewater, storm water, air quality, and other environmental topics. Our clients include a variety of tribal, local, state, federal, and corporate institutions. We strive to work with the entities we serve rather than for the entities we serve. We feel this is a very important distinction and that our clients need to be an integral part of our projects so that they can improve their internal capacity for long-term sustainability and resilience.

The person hired for this position will provide project support and assistance for the all Southwest Environmental Finance Center projects. Funding for current projects come from USEPA Office of Water, USEPA Region 6, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Arizona Municipal Water Users Association.

TheUniversity of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverseworkforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions withoutregard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Provide leadership and independent planning and designing on a variety of research projects. Develop tools to assist water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with researching best practices for rates setting and/or water loss control program implementation.

* Develop, manage, and maintain multiple large data bases for water and wastewater systems and advise them on rates setting techniques and/or asset management planning and/or water loss control programs. Mentor, train, and ensure transfer of knowledge to junior technical staff.

* Independently design and coordinate multiple complex research projects and research protocols.

* Meet and advise state, local, tribal, and community officials as needed on specific projects involving financial or asset management techniques or water loss control. Develop and edit memos in response to assistance requests from these officials.

* Design and conduct research as needed to address environmental issues relating to water, wastewater and stormwater utilities.

* Develop progress reports and client deliverable reports, participate in reviewing and editing final reports.

* Participate through conference calls and meetings to discuss status of projects and allocation of tasks with clients.

* Produce training curriculum, manuals, handouts, white papers, and brochures.

* Develop and produce advertising, and marketing project(s) and/or product(s) in various media such as print and video.

* Identify and contribute to research grant proposal design and writing.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • Successful candidate must submit to a post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check. Additional health screenings may be required, dependent on the nature of the research conducted, as determined by Employee Occupational Health Services.
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

* Familiarity with AWWA M36 water auditing and data grading principles, water audit software and audit validation techniques

* Familiarity with Asset Management principles and techniques as they apply to water and wastewater utilities.

* Familiarity with rates setting best practices.

* Demonstrated experience in coordinating data transfer from clients and managing large amounts of data client data.

* Extensive copy-editing experience.

* Demonstrated teaching experience

Additional Requirements
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
DepartmentCenter for Water & the Environment (281A)
Employment TypeStaff
Staff TypeTerm - Full-Time
Term End Date03/31/2021
Pay$3,434.31 - $5,151.47 monthly
Benefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.
ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.
Background Check RequiredNo
For Best Consideration Date2/3/2020
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The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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