Associate Research Scientist, Quaternary Geologist - Illinois State Geological Survey (107724)

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an Associate Research Scientist, Quaternary Geologist, in Champaign, Illinois. Duties: Conceive, recommend, implement, direct, and participate in Quaternary geology, history, climate, and ecology research. Major Duties and Responsibilities: Serve as principal investigator, lead research and geologic mapping 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. Map the distribution of Quaternary deposits and landforms at various scales at the land surface and in the subsurface in the form of basic geologic, structure contour, isopachous, and derivative or application specific maps. Describe, characterize, and interpret Quaternary deposits and landforms and their geologic history. Carry out and manage logistics of field work including siting of drill-hole locations and geophysical surveys and interact with landowners for site access. Produce three-dimensional maps of aquifers and other geological resources using the latest GIS technology combined with geological insight based on field experiences and advanced knowledge of glacial and fluvial environments of deposition. Utilize drilling, geophysical, and other technologies that directly sample or remotely detect geologic materials. Utilize a variety of analytical techniques to determine the physical characteristics of geologic samples. Compile, utilize, maintain, and archive data and databases relevant to research. Use GIS and other computing technologies to visualize and analyze data and to map geology in two and three dimensions. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline. Ensure the safety of staff and equipment. Advise and mentor graduate students and serve on graduate advisory committees. Publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals and other comparable publication outlets with rigorous review processes. Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for distribution to constituents and publication in Survey publication series. Collaborate with Survey scientists, University of Illinois faculty, and external colleagues to provide integrated Quaternary geological interpretations and applications to existing and new research programs. Provide prompt, informative, authoritative, and current data and information on the results of research projects for the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies, and have the ability to communicate research results through writing, public speaking, and through hosting field trips and meetings. Critically review grant proposals and proposed publications such as maps, abstracts, journal articles, and databases submitted by Survey staff and outside individuals for publication by the Survey or other professional organizations or publishers. Serve on advisory committees, within the Survey, PRI, or University, and externally. Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to PRI, the University of Illinois, and the State of Illinois. 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. Actively participate in professional societies and associations. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI. Requirements: Ph.D. in geology, geography, or related scientific 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 five (5) years related industry or research experience which includes experience conducting research in Quaternary geology, mapping glacial and other unconsolidated deposits and supervisory and/or team leadership experience. Experience may be obtained with a bachelor's degree. Experience may be obtained during graduate study. Full-time. To apply: 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. For further information contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, at [email protected] or 217-244-2401.

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College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: 6-Research
Title: Associate Research Scientist, Quaternary Geologist - Illinois State Geological Survey (107724)
Open Date: 12/07/2018
Organization Name: IL State Geological Survey





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Posted: 12/8/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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