Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1800367)

Champaign, IL
Jun 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist

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

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist to develop and sustain a geophysical research program using near-surface seismic geophysical methods to contribute to multi-discipline research programs within and beyond the Prairie Research Institute (PRI). This position, which may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need, is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

• Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
• Develop an independent research program aimed at innovative and strategic development and applications of seismic geophysical methods, with a focus on active methods to characterize unconsolidated to lithified deposits within the upper 5 km of the earth surface
• Collaborate with Survey scientists, other University of Illinois faculty and staff, and external colleagues to develop interdisciplinary strategies for integrated geophysical method applications.
• Develop proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
• Publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and other comparable publication outlets.
• Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for distribution to constituents and in Survey publication series.
• Provide authoritative knowledge of research projects and related topics to the scientific community, public, industry, and governmental agencies through writing and public speaking.
• Supervise and lead relevant staff to foster individual and program growth that contributes to the overall impact of the Survey and PRI.
• Advise and supervise undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate. Responsibilities include training, task assignment, scheduling, performance monitoring and evaluation, position/career mentoring, and leave and travel approval.
• Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the State of Illinois. Contributions may include teaching courses at the University of Illinois or other collaborative universities.
• Actively participate in professional societies, associations, and advisory committees that enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state, national, and international levels.
• Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
• Oversee maintenance and troubleshooting of assigned scientific equipment.
• Perform other responsibilities as necessary to further the mission of PRI.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in geophysics, geology, engineering, or a related discipline that is appropriate with major duties and responsibilities. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.
• Experience in geophysical methods, including seismic reflection.
• Previous supervisory experience.
• Ability to establish and sustain an independent research program.
• Ability to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources.
• Ability to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and effectively supervise and mentor associated personnel.
• Early career track record for publishing in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
• Effective communication, personal relations, and team leader skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Sound judgment and strong decision-making skills.
• Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.
• Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Expertise and knowledge of using seismic geophysical methods for near-surface explorations.
• Experience in processing seismic data.
• Knowledge of geophysical program strategies to contribute primarily to (a) shallow, unlithified sediment characterization, and secondarily to (b) deeper sedimentary basin and structural characterization associated with carbon storage and natural resources.

This is a visiting, full-time, 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 July 16, 2018. 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, 3) statement of research interests, and 4) 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 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 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: Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Geophysicist - Illinois State Geological Survey (A1800367)
Open Date: 06/11/2018
Close Date: 07/16/2018
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey


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