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Assistant Research Scientist, Mineral Resource Geologist - Illinois State Geological Survey (105795

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Assistant Research Scientist, Mineral Resource Geologist

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 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. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.

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.

ISGS is seeking to hire an Assistant Research Scientist, Mineral Resource Geologist to develop, plan, conduct, direct, and participate in multi-disciplinary surface and subsurface research programs in the area of mineral resources. Position will be based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Investigate the factors controlling the distribution and occurrences of mineral resources and other geological resources (such as aggregates) within Illinois and vicinity. This includes the geological and tectonic processes that helped form the Precambrian basement, drove the geological evolution of the Illinois Basin, led to the development of the structural features within the basement and basin rocks, and controlled heat distribution, fluid migration, and ultimately the formation of many of the mineral resources in Illinois.
  • Examine igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary material for evidence of basinal fluid migration through detailed petrography, SEM, XRD, fluid inclusion study, and elemental and isotopic geochemistry, and other methods of investigation.
  • Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
  • Develop proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
  • Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for publication in Survey publications.
  • Publish the results of original research in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals and other outlets that have a rigorous review process.
  • Occasionally travel to conduct field work and attend meetings.
  • Interact extensively with stakeholders, mineral resource industry, and the public.
  • Provide authoritative and current information on the results of research projects for the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies, and communicate research results through writing and public speaking.
  • Supervise and lead staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both the individual and organizational levels. For direct reporting staff, this also includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position mentoring, and leave/travel approval.
  • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
  • Pursue adjunct faculty status and mentor graduate students within the University of Illinois and/or other regional universities.
  • Enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state and national level.
  • Actively participate in professional societies and associations.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.


Required Qualifications: Master's degree in economic geology, igneous or metamorphic geology, mineralogy, sediment-rock interaction or other relevant scientific discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Three year's related research or industry experience. Demonstrated expertise in specialized area of research. Supervisory and/or team leadership experience. Must have an understanding of a wide range of geological processes including structural, sedimentological, mineralogical, and diagenesis; an understanding of the integrated geological history of Illinois; and an understanding for minerals, including critical minerals as recently defined by the United States Geological Survey, which are becoming of increasing importance for national security and technological advantage. Ability to establish a research program which includes both independent and collaborative research projects. Potential to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources. Capacity to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and effectively supervise and mentor associated personnel. Early career track record for publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, 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. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to make sound value judgments, translate research findings into management recommendations and/or fundamental ecological concepts, both verbally and in writing to granting agencies and to the scientific and lay communities. Affinity for cooperative or interdisciplinary research with scientists at the Survey, professionals at other Surveys or other academic units, as well as governmental and other academic institutions. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in economic geology, igneous or metamorphic geology, mineralogy, sediment-rock interaction or other relevant scientific discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by December 21, 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 [email protected] or 217-244-2401. 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 Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: 6-Research
Title: Assistant Research Scientist, Mineral Resource Geologist - Illinois State Geological Survey (105795)
Open Date: 11/27/2018
Close Date: 12/25/2018
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey

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Posted: 11/28/2018
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