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Job ID: 223910

Research Associate
Auburn University

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2023
Title Research Associate
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Sch of Arch PlanandLndscp Arch-Main
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture
This is a 12-month, 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.

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Research Associate IIto join the Landscape Infrastructure Design Lab. LIDL conducting design research using landscape architectural methods to advance the design, planning, and management of nature-based infrastructures.

LIDL’s work is deeply collaborative, involving partnerships with federal sponsors; disciplines like coastal engineering, hydrology, ecology, and geomorphology; and local communities, as well as other landscape architects. Currently, we are working on a broad range of coastal infrastructure projects from the Great Lakes south to the Gulf of Mexico, sponsored by funders including the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering With Nature program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Effects of Sea Level Rise program, and the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

This position will focus on our largest and newest project, the Natural Infrastructure Innovation Project, which is sponsored by Engineering with Nature. The NIIP will launch October 1, 2023, and is proposed to run for five years. The aim of the NIIP is to conduct design research into what forms of natural infrastructure are possible in the nation’s bays and estuaries, which forms are most desirable, and how to increase innovation in natural infrastructure design. To do this, the NIIP will engage deeply with EWN, local USACE districts, and a broad range of other stakeholders, while utilizing landscape architectural techniques including fieldwork, mapping, iterative design, and physical and numerical hydrodynamic modeling.

About Auburn: Auburn was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years! Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting

It’s a Lifestyle: The Auburn/Opelika area is a page right out of Southern Living magazine with an idyllic small-town feel, perfecting a unique balance between a close-knit community and driving consistent growth and development. Paralleling the exponential growth of Auburn University, the Auburn/Opelika area boasts services and amenities that cater to any interest. We’re proud of our top school systems, city services, award-winning restaurants, and the infectious spirit of life in a college town. You can find us nestled halfway between the beach and the mountains in a lower-cost-of-living area, two hours outside of Atlanta or Birmingham. If you’re new to Auburn, we’d love to introduce you. If you’re already acquainted with Auburn, we’ll keep it simple: it’s time to come home!

Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.

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