Visiting Assistant or Associate Research Scientist, Engineer - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1

Location
Champaign, IL
Posted
Mar 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Assistant or Associate Research Scientist, Engineer

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 or Associate Research Scientist, Engineer (level is dependent on qualifications) to conceive, recommend, implement, direct, and participate in original research and ongoing projects related to carbon dioxide capture, multi-pollutant control, and advanced fossil fuel combustion and utilization. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Engineer will:

• Perform experimental work on the development and evaluation of novel solvents and other materials for carbon capture including kinetics, equilibria, and property characterization.
• Perform the design and scaling up studies of advanced carbon capture and gas separation processes from laboratory to larger scales.
• Perform the laboratory/bench-scale testing of advanced carbon capture and gas separation processes.
• Provide technical information and participate in the process modeling and techno-economic analysis of carbon capture technologies.
• Provide technical expertise to laboratory staff in the design, assembly, operation, and maintenance of experimental equipment and facilities.
• Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
• Develop and contribute to proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
• Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
• Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
• Publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Prepare presentations, internal reports, and reports to sponsoring agencies.
• Collaborate with Survey scientists, University of Illinois faculty, and external colleagues to provide interpretations and applications to existing and new research programs.
• Communicate research results to the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies through writing and public speaking.
• Enhance the reputation of the survey and PRI at the state and national levels.
• Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.

Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Engineer will:

• Perform experimental work on the development and evaluation of novel solvents and other materials for carbon capture including kinetics, equilibria, and property characterization.
• Perform the design and scaling up studies of advanced carbon capture and gas separation processes from laboratory to larger scales.
• Perform the laboratory/bench-scale testing of advanced carbon capture and gas separation processes.
• Provide technical information and participate in the process modeling and techno-economic analysis of carbon capture technologies.
• Provide technical expertise to laboratory staff in the design, assembly, operation, and maintenance of experimental equipment and facilities.
• Serve as principal investigator, lead carbon capture and clean energy research projects, and perform tasks in that capacity including management of grant funding and production of project, grant, or contract reports and deliverables.
• Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
• Develop and contribute to proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
• Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
• Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
• Publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Prepare presentations, internal reports, and reports to sponsoring agencies.
• Manage the recruitment, hiring, and orientation of project staff. Supervise assigned staff including task assignment, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, career development mentoring, leave/travel approval, and conducting annual performance reviews.
• Collaborate with Survey scientists, University of Illinois faculty, and external colleagues to provide interpretations and applications to existing and new research programs.
• Communicate research results to the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies through writing and public speaking.
• Enhance the reputation of the survey and PRI at the state, national, and international levels.
• Maintain a high level of professional involvement via state, national, and/or international contacts.
• Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.

Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Engineer Required Qualifications: Master's degree in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, 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 professional experience with a master's degree. Research experience in carbon capture, gas separation/purification, or advanced fossil fuel utilization. Knowledge and experience of chemical unit operations. Ability to design, assemble, and operate laboratory/bench-scale setups and scientific equipment. Demonstrated track record for publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. 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. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, or related discipline. No specific required number of years of professional experience with a Ph.D. Industrial experience. Experience in carbon dioxide separation. Experience in chemical analysis and material characterization. Proficiency with process simulation software such as Aspen Plus.

Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Engineer Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, 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. A minimum of 5 years related industry or research experience in carbon capture or gas separation/purification, or advanced fossil fuel utilization. Knowledge and experience of chemical unit operations. Demonstrated experience acquiring external resources to support research projects and programs. Supervisory and/or team leadership experience. Ability to design, assemble, and operate laboratory/bench-scale setups and scientific equipment. Ability to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and effectively supervise and mentor staff. Demonstrated track record for publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. 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. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in carbon dioxide separation. Industrial experience. Experience in chemical analysis and material characterization. Proficiency with process simulation software such as Aspen Plus.

This is a visiting, full-time, contract-funded academic professional appointment subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. 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 May 4, 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 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, Prairie Research Institute, at lwalston@illinois.edu 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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Assistant or Associate Research Scientist, Engineer - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1800195)
Open Date: 03/27/2018
Close Date: 05/04/2018
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey

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