Employment Opportunities

Scientist – Environmental Chemistry

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (www.sccwrp.org) is seeking an early- to mid-career scientist with expertise in trace environmental contaminants. Of particular interest are candidates who specialize in contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), targeted and/or non-targeted analytical methods, or passive sampling technology.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop, manage and complete applied research projects within his/her specialty area, as well as contribute relevant expertise in an interdisciplinary environment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals are a must. The successful candidate will report to the head of SCCWRP’s Chemistry Department. The Chemistry Department offers technical staff and facilities to support lab and field studies, including wet, instrumental and specialty labs with conventional and thermal desorption GC-MS, compound-specific IRMS, accelerated solvent extraction (ASE), and liquid scintillation counting systems.

The preferred candidate will possess a Ph.D. in a relevant field, and post-doctoral and/or 2 years’ professional experience. The position requires excellent communication skills, and the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders in translating research findings into practical application. 

Located in Costa Mesa (Orange County), Calif., SCCWRP is a public agency focusing on water quality research. Its mission is to gather the necessary scientific information to enable its member agencies to effectively protect Southern California coastal and aquatic resources. Formed in 1969, SCCWRP is currently staffed by about 50 full- and part-time employees, and features 27,000 square feet of custom-designed workspace.

Salary range is commensurate with qualifications, and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and list of professional references to chemist@sccwrp.org. The expected start date for the position is spring 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. SCCWRP is an equal opportunity employer.

Job posting date: 1/19/17

 

Stormwater Researcher

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (www.sccwrp.org), a government research institute that specializes in transitioning research to management, is seeking an early-career scientist or engineer to help develop and implement its stormwater research agenda. SCCWRP’s current research agenda includes understanding mechanisms and processes of changes in hydrology and pollutant transfer in urban systems; their effect on biological systems in California’s streams, estuaries and near-coastal oceans; and watershed modeling to optimize stormwater management strategies.

SCCWRP’s future stormwater research agenda will include a focus on evaluating the performance of structural and non-structural best management practices (BMPs), including but not limited to hydrologic control, pollutant removal, and optimizing utility of BMPs in the urban environment. Inherent to these activities will be impartial testing of existing BMPs, improving BMP designs to enhance effectiveness, and developing new and creative approaches for BMP design, evaluation and monitoring.

The preferred candidate will possess a Ph.D. in environmental science or engineering, up to 5 years’ experience, and a proven ability to publish. Master’s candidates with at least 6 years of direct experience and documented ability to conduct independent research will also be considered. Candidates should have strong quantitative skills and familiarity with watersheds models. The position requires excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders in translating research findings into practical application.

Salary range is $65,000-$75,000, depending on qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and professional references to stormwater@sccwrp.org.

The expected start date for the position is spring 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. SCCWRP is an equal opportunity employer.

Job posting date: 12/7/16

 

Coastal Ecologist/Geomorphologist

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority (www.sccwrp.org), an inter-governmental research agency, announces a full-time position for a Coastal Ecologist/Geomorphologist. 

The successful candidate will work with SCCWRP staff and other academic and agency research partners on evaluation of climate change, sea level rise and other anthropogenic stressors on estuaries, coastal wetlands and nearshore habitats. The position involves focused research on the interaction between physical responses to climate change and other stressors, and the associated effects on biological communities in wetlands and other coastal environments. The successful candidate will also help facilitate application of research findings to address management needs related to the effects of sea level rise on coastal ecosystems.

The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to work with a broad range of managers and stakeholders, the ability to work independently, and a commitment to excellence. The preferred candidate will possess a Ph.D. in the physical or biological sciences (e.g., ecology, biology, coastal geomorphology, oceanography). Master’s candidates with at least 5 years of direct experience and documented ability to conduct independent research will also be considered. Candidates must have strong quantitative skills, experience with advanced multivariate analysis and/or modeling, and a proven ability to publish. 

Salary range is $60,000-$70,000, depending on qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package. Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume and three references to:

Bryan Nece
Administrative Officer
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
3535 Harbor Blvd., Suite 110
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Electronic submissions are preferred; please use the email address geomorphologist@sccwrp.org.

The expected start date for the position is spring 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. SCCWRP is an equal opportunity employer.

Job posting date: 11/23/16



This page was last updated on: 1/19/2017