Research Associate

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Academic Programs, Research

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Purpose:

The Department of Geosciences at Boise State University seeks to hire a Hydrologic Technician to support field studies by faculty, staff, and students in the Hydrologic Sciences program. The technician will be responsible for managing long-term field research sites, maintaining equipment for field campaigns, managing databases, and providing expertise on hydrologic instrumentation for researchers. 

Level Scope:

Fully competent and productive professional contributor who applies acquired job skills, policies, and procedures to complete substantive assignments/projects/tasks of moderate scope and complexity. Works independently with general supervision. Exercises judgment within defined guidelines and practices to determine appropriate action. May provide guidance, assistance, and training to entry-level professionals, support employees, and students.

Essential Functions:
  • Consult with researchers, including faculty and graduate students, to design and develop instrumentation solutions appropriate for specific project goals.

  • Collaborate with Boise State staff in purchasing and procurement to obtain quotations/bids and secure purchases.

  • Oversee the assembly and installation of field instrumentation for both short- and long-term observational studies.

  • Use existing and develop new standard operating procedures for hydrological instrumentation to ensure data quality, availability, and security of data products.

  • Test and calibrate hydrological instrumentation according to standard operating procedures; validate and analyze data as part of quality assurance and control.

  • Carry out routine maintenance and calibration of climate and aquatic sensors according to standard operating procedures, periodic re-calibration of rating curves at surface water locations, and collect and prepare snow and water samples for biogeochemical analyses.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in science or engineering.

  • 3 years of experience working with hydrological instrumentation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters's Degree with research experience/thesis in some aspect of environmental science.

  • Technical experience in either climate monitoring and environmental data acquisition (e.g., Campbell Scientific data loggers) or stream hydrogeography and aquatic sensors (e.g., YSI sondes).

  • Familiarity with metadata standards and hydrologic data repositories (e.g., CUAHSI HydroShare).

  • Ability to use Matlab, Python, R, MS Excel, or other software for data processing.

  • Ability to create maps using ArcGIS or other GIS software.

  • Experience in fieldwork and environmental measurements.

  • Strong motivation and independence with good interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

  • Ability to travel to remote field sites and to work in inclement weather (rain, snow, etc.).

Salary and Benefits:

The salary is $50,000. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

1. Resume highlighting education and work experience relevant to the job, 2) Cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications for the position, and 3) names and contact information for two references.



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