Auburn University

Research Associate I/II/III


The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture seeks a qualified individual for the position of Research Associate to contribute to on-going resilient, landscape-based coastal and riverine infrastructure at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. This work is funded by grants from the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering With Nature program and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Effect of Sea Leve Rise program.

Landscape Architects are increasingly engaged with the planning, design, and management of coastal and riverine landscapes. The work funded by these grants seeks both (1) to develop innovative, landscape-based design concepts for coastal and riverine infrastructure and (2) to advance landscape architecture design protocols for engaging such infrastructure. The work is deeply collaborative, involving partnerships with federal sponsors, disciplines like coastal engineering, hydrology, ecology, and geomorphology, as well as local communities and other landscape architects.

This is a limited-term position funded by external sources. Continued employment is contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance. It is possible but not guaranteed that additional external funding will become available to renew the position in future years.

Essential Functions: 

1. Prepare drawings and maps synthesizing information about existing landscapes.
2. Participate in field-based research in project landscapes.
3. Participate in design workshops with stakeholders and multi-university project teams.
4. Advance infrastructure design concepts through research-by-design.
5. Produce representations of infrastructure design concepts
6. Document results of research-by-design and assist in report preparation.
7.Assist in coordinating work across multi-university project teams
8.Participate in project team meetings and other stakeholder interactions
9. May prepare research results for publication or presentation at conferences.
10. May hep maintain project budgets

Education Level: 

Master\’s Degree – Landscape Architecture or closely related field

Minimum Skills and Abilities: 

Candidates must evidence a sophisticated approach to design, grounded in the integration of aesthetic, cultural, and ecological dimensions of landscape. This approach may include, but must not be limited to, strictly quantifiable measures of landscape performance.

Candidates should be familiar with software used in landscape architectural representation, including Adobe CS, and must evidence the capacity to effectively produce landscape architectural representations of dynamic environments like coasts.

The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the timely completion of deliverables and strong potential to work collaboratively with both a large research team and diverse stakeholders.

Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

Desired Qualifications: 

– Experience with infrastructure design and/or design for dynamic landscapes shaped by the interaction of water, sediment, and vegetation
– Experience with Rhinoceros modeling software and GIS mapping software
– Experience with research-by-design methods

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.


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