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  • IIHR and the College of Engineering are seeking a hydraulic engineer to oversee the planning, design, and construction of reduced-scale physical hydraulic models and civil/hydraulic engineering devices, structures, and systems of considerable complexity. The successful 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. 

  • 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 using 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


    • 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.
    • Demonstrated 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.

    For details and to apply, visit the University of Iowa Job Listings.

  • IIHR is seeking applicants for two immediate temporary full-time (plus overtime) temporary Engineering Support positions to assist with fabrication and construction of hydraulic structure models and research equipment for the next six to eight months. The successful candidate will work with the IIHR Shop (, focusing on specialized construction and fabrication of scale models of industrial water handling systems and river bed studies for testing purposes. Our model building program includes the trades, such as (but not limited to) carpentry, welding, CNC machine work, plumbing, masonry, and more.Qualified applicants must have 1+ years of combined experience in one or more of the above listed trades, as well as the ability to read blueprints. Applicants must also have a solid work ethic, good communication skills, effective time management, and demonstrated knowledge of safety practices for power tools and small power equipment.

    Starting wage is $18.85/hr. to commensurate, depending on education and experience.

    For details, visit the University of Iowa Job Listings.

Please send résumé and the name of three professional references to, referencing job posting #124359. 

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