Engineering or Environmental Chemistry

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Job Institution: 
Las Vegas Valley Water District
Job Description: 

FILING DEADLINE: Position may close prior to, or be extended beyond, the posted deadline depending upon THE APPLICANT pool; therefore, APPLICANTS are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

HOURS OF WORK: 4/10's, 7am-5:30pm, M-Th

This position is located at:
River Mountains Water Treatment Facility
1299 Burkholder Blvd., Henderson, NV 89015

The term of this appointment will be a maximum of 36 months. All persons hired into Limited Term (LT) positions will be required to sign a term of employment letter specifying conditions of employment.

Human Resources will screen applications and supplemental questionnaires. Candidates possessing the strongest skills and experience for this position will be forwarded to the hiring department for further evaluation and to determine who will be invited to the formal interview process. The candidate hired will be required to pass a drug screen and comprehensive background check.

For any questions regarding this announcement, please contact Kylie Lujan at



Independently conducts highly specialized research studies on raw and potable water to detect and analyze unregulated compounds and contaminants and develop methods for their detection and removal, using novel techniques and emerging technologies; assists in the design, execution and reporting on research studies and drafting of proposals for external research funding; and performs related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in engineering or environmental chemistry. Knowledge and experience involving advanced water treatment processes, including pilot operation, is preferred. This candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent teamwork skills, and be able to multi-task. 



Graduation from a college or university with a doctorate in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, engineering or another relevant scientific discipline.  Knowledge and experience involving water treatment processes is required.

KNOWLEDGE OF: Theory, principles, practices, methods, chemicals and agents used in chemical and physical analysis and testing of water; water sample preparation methods; laboratory procedures for water analysis; methods and processes used in raw water treatment, including membranes, ozone, chlorine and activated carbon; federal EPA regulations and Safe Drinking Water Act; the operation and maintenance of applicable complex, laboratory instrumentation and related computer programs and software; programmable laboratory equipment; federal EPA methodologies; the use of standard laboratory glassware, beakers, flasks, pipettes, etc.; safe laboratory practices and procedures; quality control techniques.

ABILITY TO: Design and implement scientific studies and research related to the treatment and monitoring of unregulated contaminants and formation of byproducts, utilizing newly developed and emerging analytic methods and technologies; operate a computer and complex automated/programmable laboratory instrumentation; apply principles and scientific methods to the development of new methodologies for identifying unregulated compounds and contaminants; prepare accurate reports and records of test results and special analyses; conduct original research; present scientific data clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, outside consultants and researchers and others encountered in the course of work.



While performing the duties of this class, employees are regularly required to walk; talk or hear by telephone and in person; sit; climb or balance; smell; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands or arms.  Employees are frequently required to stand.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, the ability to distinguish basic colors and shades, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Employees must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 50 pounds.