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Sep 21, 2021

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APPLY NOWJob no: 496795
Work type: Full-Time
Location: Center City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Academy of Natural Sciences

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

About the Academy

The Academy of Natural Sciences was founded in 1812 for "the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences". Since then, it has sponsored global expeditions, conducted pioneering environmental and systematics research, and amassed remarkable collections containing more than 18 million specimens from around the world and a peerless library and archive. Since 2011 its academic enterprise has been further strengthened through its affiliation with nearby Drexel University – a leading private non-profit research institution that focusses on innovation and entrepreneurship and provides a unique cooperative education program for its undergraduate and graduate degree students.

Today the Academy is one of the most important natural science institutions in the world. However, the world is changing fast and the Academy – directed by its Strategic Plan 2019-24 - is changing with it. Over the next five years the Academy will become a “force for nature” and advance its mission: “to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it”. In so doing the Academy will build on its fundamental belief that diversity and inclusion generates better ideas, inspires creativity, and is essential to building a positive workplace so that in time it can become an institution that is of, by and for all Philadelphians.

Job Summary

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University seeks a watershed scientist whose work focuses on watershed hydrology, water quality, emerging contaminants, or biogeochemistry.

We are seeking a person interested in developing and applying science to real-world environmental challenges. The position is part of the leadership of a multi-disciplinary team that maintains a portfolio of projects that include research, environmental planning and assessment, community engagement, and outreach.

Essential Functions

Scientific Expertise:

  • Design and implementation of projects and studies
  • Management of existing portfolio of projects
  • Contribute to institutional scientific outputs
  • Publishable research


  • Membership on leadership team of Patrick Center
  • Managing and supervising an existing biogeochemistry section
  • Advancing strategic direction of the Patrick Center


  • Working with multiple partners and stakeholders
  • Development of new collaborations
  • Support funding relationships
  • Effective in interdisciplinary settings


  • Grant writing and project development
  • Contribute to innovative approaches to scientific research and practice

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or Doctorate in Environmental Science or related field
  • At least three years' experience in scientific research and/or practice

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in cross-functional and/or multi-disciplinary teams
  • Record of original, externally funded research
  • Previous work in applied environmental science
  • Knowledge of aquatic biogeochemical cycling and processes
  • Expertise in stream chemistry (e.g., dissolved and suspended constituents, organic matter and dissolved nutrients, trace metals).
  • Familiarity with water quality measurements and instrumentation
  • Knowledge of fluvial geomorphology
  • Good communications and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership experience, especially in team settings.

Physical Demands

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking
  • Lifting demands up to 25lbs
  • Typically bending, crouching, stooping


Center City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of L. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and a a two-page cover letter which details your research interests, experience with and interest in applied environmental science, leadership experience and a statement describing your commitment to advancing IDEAL.

Include the names and e-mail addresses of at least 3 references.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Patrick Center for Environmental Research

The Patrick Center is a cutting edge, collaborative environmental research organization, conducting actionable science to support a just and sustainable human and natural condition. Through multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary work, we focus on understanding, and addressing with solutions, the interactions of humans with terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. As part of the Academy of Natural Sciences, we reflect the institution’s mission to “understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it.” In following that mission, the Patrick Center works on a range of projects that address environmental questions in collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, corporations, and foundation.

Diversity Statement

The Academy of Natural Sciences is firmly committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all employees. ANS is working towards transforming its practices and culture to embody IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Leadership) principals recognizing that these will lead to a more creative, engaged, and supportive workplace. ANS scientists can participate in initiatives promoting inclusion, personal growth, and leadership development, such as participation in iPage leadership training, IDEAL sub-committee work, and a University-organized environmental justice network. Additionally, many ANS scientists mentor high school students that participate in WINS (Women in Natural Sciences), a 40+ year old out-of-school STEM program for young women that attend Philadelphia public high schools. Over its history, WINS has been very successful in promoting college graduation and retention of young women of color in STEM fields. ANS employees also can participate in ANS and University-associated affinity groups, and the newly developed Center for Black Culture.

Advertised: Sep 20 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Oct 21 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


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