Job Description

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$63,400 - $105,000 / Year
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#117065 R&D Engineer 3

Extended Review Date: Wed 8/30/2023

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This position will remain open until filled.


The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) is leading the development and implementation of new research and applications capabilities focused on extreme weather and climate events in the Western US. CW3E is developing and implementing weather and climate observations, numerical models and decision support tools focused on atmospheric and land-surface conditions related to extreme events and their impacts. CW3E is an interface between UCSD departments, other universities and local, state, and federal agencies, in the operation, utilization and expansion of a new state-of-the-art weather observing network recently deployed in California. Efforts to be undertaken by the CW3E Center will include scientific research, technology development, numerical model development and testing, and development/deployment of smart tools that aid decision makers affected by extreme weather, water and climate events. A key activity of the CW3E Center will be to develop methods and systems to aid future reservoir operations for flood control, water supply and ecosystems.


Under direction of a Principal Engineer, the Research & Development Engineer 3 will act as the lead project engineer to apply water resources engineering principles for the development and evaluation of Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO) at projects sites and the development of decision support tools to assist in the implementation of FIRO. Applies extensive experience and knowledge of numerical modeling and analysis of reservoirs and managed river systems, thorough knowledge of computer coding, and strong communication skills.


  • Experience with water resources engineering principles and methods to independently perform a full range of professional water resources engineering studies and evaluations.

  • Thorough knowledge of the development and evaluation of reservoir operations through numerical modeling and analysis.

  • Thorough knowledge of engineering computer software and numerical models especially models developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers such as HEC-ResSim, HEC-RAS, HEC-WAT, and HEC-DSSVue.

  • Experienced with computer coding in Python and other languages for the analysis of data and the development of hydrologic simulation models.

  • Practical knowledge of the field of hydrometeorology with an emphasis on the Western U.S.

  • Thorough knowledge necessary to apply principles, practices and procedures in the completion of assignments.

  • Strong analytical and judgment skills to independently conduct analyses and develop appropriate recommendations.

  • Effective written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Ability to work in a collaborative manner; identify challenges and barriers and recommend resolutions.

  • Ability to lead and influence others.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must be willing and able to travel.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $63,400 - $142,800 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $30.36 - $68.39

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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