Lab Manager
University of Maryland
United States

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Position Number: 126328

Title: Post-Doctoral Associate

Functional Title: Post-Doc-SIRJ Lab Manager

Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

University Authorized FTE: 100

Unit: ARCH-Urban Studies & Planning Program

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Stormwater Infrastructure Resilience and Justice (SIRJ) Lab at the University of Maryland seeks a qualified lab manager/research scientist with a solid background in stormwater and wastewater management, infrastructure planning and management, community engagement, and environmental justice. Primary responsibilities include advancing research coordination, data collection and analysis, community engagement, and manuscript development for a suite of on-going projects operating out of the lab. The SIRJ lab studies everyday urban stormwater management and extreme events such as urban flooding, and investigates the socio-spatial dynamics related to the inventory, condition, and distribution of critical infrastructures and public works, mainly water infrastructure (i.e. stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water) and green space.

SIRJ Lab research focuses on flood risks and how communities can adapt and address barriers within the human-built environment to effectively mitigate disastrous consequences from stormwater runoff. We’re specifically interested in how stormwater runoff can escalate and overwhelm stormwater infrastructure, especially in the era of faster, more frequent, and intense runoff. The lab’s current projects focus on a number of topics related to stormwater and wastewater resilience and justice

• Stormwater infrastructure inventorying, condition assessment, and distribution
• Sanitary sewer overflows and basement backups
• Stormwater monitoring and the internet of things (IoT)
• Oral histories of flooding experiences
• Participatory drainage infrastructure assessment

The SIRJ Lab has an innovative multi-disciplinary working environment with students interested in the areas of stormwater management, environmental planning, community engagement, hazard mitigation, community resilience, urban flooding, civil and environmental engineering, GIS, qualitative methods, and statistical analysis. The selected applicant will identify as a mixed-methods scholar who is comfortable with and proficient in multivariate modeling, spatial mapping, household surveying, and in-depth interviewing. Duties will additionally include some administrative duties as it related to carrying out the lab’s research projects.

The position includes interaction with the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health in the School of Public Health, Clark School of Engineering’s Center for Disaster Resilience, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, and Environmental Finance Center.

Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Possession of a Ph.D from an accredited college or university in urban and regional planning, civil and environmental engineering, environmental science, geography, or a related field.


Expertise in mixed-methods research that incorporates both quantitative, qualitative, and applied methods such as multiple regression, cross-sectional research, condition and damage assessment, spatial mapping, in-depth interviewing, and participatory action research (e.g. visual inspection, photography, photo-voice, environmental sampling) will be given preference.
Knowledge of geospatial information systems required, ArcGIS preferred.
Knowledge of ArcGIS model builder a plus.
Knowledge of R programming a plus.

Additional Certifications:

Experience in mixed-methods scholarship and is comfortable with peer-reviewed manuscript development from conception through submission as well as community engagement. Experience as a graduate research assistant may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required professional experience.

Posting Date: 06/01/2021

Open Until Filled Yes

Best Consideration Date 07/15/2021

Physical Demands

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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