Assistant Geochemist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1700374)

Champaign, IL
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant 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.

ISGS is seeking to hire an Assistant Geochemist to prepare and analyze samples, document results, and maintain laboratory equipment and facilities. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Prepare samples for stable isotope analysis, EDXRF analysis, tritium analysis, and OSL analysis. Analyze the isotopic composition of solid, aqueous, or gaseous samples using an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer. Analyze geological and other solid material using an Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer. Perform low-level tritium analysis using Liquid Scintillation Analyzer. Document processes including sample tracking, reporting, and invoicing. Interpret the reliability of analytical results. Enter and maintain results database. Prepare written or graphical materials. Conduct safety related activities such as safety audits, resolution of identified safety issues, and participation in laboratory and Survey-level safety initiatives. Maintain laboratory instruments, equipment, and supplies. Supervise and train hourly assistants, including student workers.


Required: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, geology, or related discipline with laboratory course work. Two years of analytical chemistry laboratory experience. Experience operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting complex laboratory instrumentation and analytical systems. Ability to follow written procedures and carry out verbal instructions thoroughly and carefully. Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures and protocols. Must be organized and detail-oriented. Ability to prioritize, accomplish tasks, and meet deadlines. Ability to think critically and interpret quality of analytical results using established QA/QC protocols. Ability to document all laboratory procedures and results, and assist in the preparation of analytical reports. Ability and willingness to work effectively as part of a team or independently. Excellent communication skills to establish friendly, open, and clear communication with customers, affiliates, and students. Ability to train and supervise students and affiliates in laboratory standard operating procedures. Must be proficient with standard productivity software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and database programs). Ability to maintain laboratory facilities and supplies.

Preferred: Experience with one or more of the following highly preferred: Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, Liquid Scintillation Analyzer, high vacuum systems, Optically Stimulated Luminescence, and gas chromatography. Proficiency with specialized analytical systems software.

This is a regular full-time contract-funded academic professional position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by July 3, 2017. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit 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 resume/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, Illinois State Geological Survey/Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Geochemist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1700374)
Open Date: 06/19/2017
Close Date: 07/03/2017
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey


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