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21003897 Requisition #

The College of Engineering is looking to add an Engineer to contribute to the research mission of IIHR –Hydroscience & Engineering by assisting in the planning and oversight of the fabrication and construction of reduced-scale physical hydraulic models and civil/hydraulic engineering devices, structures, and systems of considerable complexity. The candidate will be involved in conducting laboratory testing, data analysis and interpretation, and developing modifications to physical model(s). This position may assist in technical report and/or conference paper and journal article authorship.


This is a one-year specified term position with the possibility of extension contingent on funding, with full benefits.


*Please note that the department intends to hire for one position, either from Engineer, requisition 21003897, or Design Engineer, requisition 21003905, based on the qualifications of the successful candidate.  Please apply to the specific position for which you wish to be considered or both.


About the College of Engineering and IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering

The University of Iowa’s College of Engineering is comprised of both academic departments as well as research centers. One of the primary research centers is IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering. Founded in 1920, IIHR is a national and global leader in environmental and fluids-related research, education, and service. The University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities and a long history of international connections, leadership, and accomplishment. Iowa City offers the safe, friendly quality of life for which the Midwest is known. Information regarding some of the resources that the University of Iowa and the local area provide can be found at (https://worklife.uiowa.edu/).


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Compile and analyze information required to perform engineering assignments. Collect and analyze laboratory model data. Prepare progress reports and engineering specifications.
  • Complete engineering assignments, typically short term, in accordance with design specifications and standards.
  • Complete work that meets all relevant specifications and regulations. Verify that completed work meets customer expectations and industry standards.
  • May be involved in project planning subject to review by a supervisor.
  • Apply engineering principles and the scientific method to solve technical issues as assigned. Perform experimental investigations to understand hydraulic conditions, design performance and develop solutions to improve hydraulic designs as needed. Inspect, survey, and report on laboratory testing results utilizing multiple measurement methods and systems.
  • Communicate with faculty, staff and students. Communicate with internal project team members to assure reliable project coordination.  Assist with preparing technical reports and provide written and oral reporting of research results to the research team.
  • May provide mentorship for staff and students working on the project.
  • Provide information to research team to estimate project costs. Initiate purchasing requests for supplies and equipment.

For a copy of the full job description, please email the contact listed below.


  • Bachelor of Engineering in civil, environmental, mechanical or a closely related engineering field. 
  • At least 6 months of experience in experimental research in the broad area of river mechanics. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • Master of Engineering in Civil, Environmental, Mechanical or a closely related field.
  • Experience in experimental methods for river hydraulics, sediment transport, and fish passage.
  • Experience performing fundamental or applied research related to rivers, dams, or other hydraulic structures.


Application Materials

  • In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a "Relevant File" to the submission.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.


Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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