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Computing Sciences Researcher I, School of Mining & Mineral Resources (Part Time)

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Posting Number: req18324

Department: Sch of Mining & Mineral Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Geotechnical Center of Excellence (GCE) is a cross-disciplinary, stakeholder-led organization within the University of Arizona's School of Mining and Mineral Resources. We are seeking a curious and forward-thinking researcher with a desire to be at the forefront of geotechnical research and innovation. Potential GCE research paths are related to open pit slope and underground topics, including but not limited to rock mass characterization, geotechnical data analysis and implementation, emerging technologies, and numerical and limit-equilibrium modeling. The selected candidate will work closely with the GCE's existing team to support new and ongoing research efforts, including playing a key roll in conducting analysis on rockfall monitoring data and establishing empirical correlations between this data and environmental or climatic factors.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Geotechnical Data Analysis:
  • Perform in-depth analysis of geotechnical data related to open pit slope and underground topics.
  • This includes taking a lead role in establishing empirical correlations between rockfall monitoring data and environmental or climatic factors, utilizing both field data and computational analysis.
  • Fieldwork: Conduct fieldwork to gather geotechnical data and observations firsthand. This may involve site visits to open pit and underground locations to collect data and validate research findings in real-world conditions.
  • Assist with reporting, outreach, and dissemination of scholarly activities:
  • Collaborate closely with the GCE's existing research team, assist principal investigators to disseminate results through scholarly presentations and publications.
  • Interface with industry and the public at trade shows and industry conferences to promote health and safety initiatives and research outputs.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities (KSAs):

  • Ability to communicate scientific concepts (e.g., research results, analysis uncertainty) to diverse audiences.
  • Skill in data analysis and modeling using python, R, or similar tool.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies in geotechnical analysis and modeling. 
  • Proficiency in writing and ability to write technical reports.
  • Skill with slope stability simulations using common software packages such as SLIDE2 or Slope/W.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering, Geology, Computer Science or allied field or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
  • 1 year of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Experience solving complex scientific problems and presenting results to diverse audiences.
  • MSHA Part 48 Certificate of Training (5000-23) preferred.

FLSA: To Be Determined

Full Time/Part Time: Part Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 20

Job FTE: .5

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $31.58 - $41.05

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Research & Data Analysis

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Julia Potter

School of Mining & Mineral Resources

Co-Director, Geotechnical Center for Excellence

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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