Visiting Assistant Scientist, Geochemist
Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. ISGS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. To learn more about ISGS please visit http://isgs.illinois.edu/.
ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Assistant Scientist, Geochemist to direct and manage the isotope geochemistry laboratories and perform related responsibilities. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Required Qualifications: Master's degree in geology, chemistry, biology, soil science, or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. At least 3 years of related industry or research experience. Demonstrated experience in laboratory management skills including problem solving, QA/QC practices, data management, and supply management. Demonstrated experience with a range of techniques for the analysis of isotopes. Mechanical ability applicable to the upkeep of laboratory analytical equipment. Demonstrated ability to critically review existing methods and research and develop new laboratory methods, procedures, and standards. Ability to apply analytical/scientific thinking to define and solve problems. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Ability to work effectively both independently and in team settings. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases as well as analytical equipment specific software. Preferred Qualifications: Database utilization and development, budget management, and invoicing experience. Experience and proficiency with equipment such as isotope ratio mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, and other equipment used for isotopic analysis. Experience in maintenance of a range of analytical equipment used for isotopic analysis. Experience with database or laboratory information management system software.
This is a visiting full-time 12-month academic professional position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by June 15, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at email@example.com or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
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