Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Laboratory QA/Accreditation - Illinois State Water Survey (1

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Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Laboratory/QA Accreditation

Illinois State Water Survey

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment. Learn more at

The Illinois State Water Survey is seeking a Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Laboratory/QA Accreditation. The primary function of this position is to provide expert support in developing and maintaining laboratory Quality Systems to achieve and maintain accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025 and related accreditation standards. As well as oversees all quality control activities including training and support of laboratory operations.

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

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

65%-Provide expert-level guidance and support to laboratory management teams to achieve and maintain laboratory accreditation according to standard ISO/IEC 17025 "General requirement for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories" and related laboratory accreditation standards. Research appropriate guidance documents and provide recommendation for laboratory management, outline information required for application, and assist in submitting and maintain accreditation applications. Perform internal reviews/audits of processes in a supportive, educational, and non-judgmental manner to improve processes and meet standards' requirements. Provide supportive feedback and training to staff. Develop Quality Assurance Plans and related Quality Systems documentation in cooperation with HEAL management team. Manage, review, and administrate updates to standard operating procedures (SOPs), identifying information required for accreditation. Verifies work products and oversees projects of HEAL chemists, physical science assistants, and HEAL laboratory assistants. Compiles QA data and prepares summary report for projects as needed.

10%-Oversee inter-laboratory samples comparison program through the World Meteorological Organization's Global Atmospheric Watch (WMO/GAW), including preparation of shipping of samples; receive, process and disseminate study data, provide guidance and training to participating laboratories; and participate in meetings.

25%-Assist in training of chemist to ensure SOPS are followed by laboratory analytical staff. Travel approximately two times a year to meetings; international travel may be required. Complies with relevant project SOPs, Quality Assurance Plans, and project contractual requirements. Keep abreast of development in this discipline. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI. Adhere to all University of Illinois and PRI policies.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:


Required: Master of Science in the physical sciences, natural sciences, or closely related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.


Required: Three or more years of progressive laboratory experience; technical writing, including the preparation of oral and written scientific reports.

Preferred: Experience working with the accreditation process; project and/or supervisory experience; experience with Structured Query Language (SQL) database syntax and statistical software.

Training, Licenses or Certifications

Required: A valid driver's license

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Required: Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications or equivalent. 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 judgement, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and database.

Preferred: A full understanding and compliance with project Quality Assurance Plans (WAPs) and SOPs to meet contract specifications.

This is a full time, academic professional grant supported 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable and salary is commensurate with experience.

Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by November 28, 2018. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information, please contact Hannah Dorsey, [email protected]. Or 217-333-4978.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: 6-Research
Title: Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Laboratory QA/Accreditation - Illinois State Water Survey (104074)
Open Date: 10/31/2018
Close Date: 11/28/2018
Organization Name: IL State Water Survey





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Posted: 11/1/2018
Application Due: 11/29/2018
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