Research Director

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Orange County Water District
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CLASSIFICATION:                                   Research Director                                                         


The OCWD Research Director is responsible for the direction, management, and coordination of the Research & Development (R&D) Department. Will supervise and manage the activities of five full-time scientists and technicians.  With guidance from Executive Management, will help establish research priorities and ensure research pursuits are aligned with core District activities and objectives. Effective coordination and communication with the Operations, Engineering, Regulatory, Water Quality, and Laboratory departments is required. Must review and prepare written internal reports and articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as deliver technical presentations to a wide range of stakeholders. Will pursue opportunities for grant funding and collaboration with other utilities, universities, and research foundations. Expected to maintain his/her own small applied research portfolio.         


Master’s degree in water-related Engineering or Science and at least 8 years of job-related applied research experience is required. A Ph.D. in water-related Engineering or Science is preferred. Must have a broad knowledge base encompassing the District’s core advanced water treatment and groundwater recharge activities. Postdoctoral level or greater research experience is preferred. Potential areas of research expertise can include, but are not limited to, Civil or Environmental Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, and Biology (microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology).  

Must have prior experience as a successful group leader or group manager with three to five years of supervisory experience. Budget management experience is also required. Good verbal and written communication skills are required. Proficiency with statistical analysis and experimental design is required. A valid California Driver’s license is required.

Salary Range:   $115,398 - $144,325 annually 

You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered.

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Pre-employment drug screening is conducted for DOT Program positions.

A valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance is required.

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply.