Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Environmental Public Health - Illinois State Water Surve...

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Environmental Public Health

Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

EXTENDED

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 go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

ISWS is seeking to hire up to two environmental public health professionals. Official Title: Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Environmental Public Health or Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Environmental Public Health. The initial focus for both positions is applied research related to groundwater, water quality, and private wells. Applicants will be considered for one of two open positions based on experience and education. The Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Environmental Public Health position requires a higher level of experience than the Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Environmental Public Health position.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Assistant Research Scientist Level:

  • Maintain an online program of webinars, newsletters, and website information to provide public health related outreach and education to well owners and other water users nationwide.
  • Serve as content specialist (public health and water quality) for development of specific groundwater and water quality publications for outreach and education to well owners, industry stakeholders, and the public.
  • Evaluate water quality data from a public health perspective to provide actionable results and conclusions to the benefit of water users nationwide.
  • Collect high-quality data for research on the groundwater of Illinois, including the collection of groundwater level and water quality data from private wells.
  • Exercise knowledge of hydrologic data collection practices and equipment to ensure that research quality data are collected in a variety of projects that require data collection.
  • Execute complex tasks to meet the data needs of research projects.
  • Conduct data analysis, including processing of field data and producing data and graphics for reports; and constructing and processing maps, presentations, and reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of technical publications on data collected and analyses of those data.
  • Work with other scientists in the section, survey and PRI in the preparation of proposals related to groundwater, drinking water, wastewater treatment, and private well resources.
  • Develop research ideas and write proposals for grant funding in support of our public health and water quality goals.
  • Serve as a Co-PI on grant funded research projects.
  • Completing progress and final reports as part of grant deliverables.
  • Work with project sponsors on cooperative projects and to support their staff.
  • Supervise staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, career development planning, lease/travel approval, as well as conducting annual performance reviews.
  • Professional development activities such as attending and exhibiting at conferences, and giving presentations.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Associate Research Scientist Level:

  • Maintain an online program of webinars, newsletters, and website information to provide public health related outreach and education to well owners and other water users nationwide.
  • Serve as content specialist (public health and water quality) for development of specific groundwater and water quality publications for outreach and education to well owners, industry stakeholders, and the public.
  • Evaluate water quality data from a public health perspective to provide actionable results and conclusions to the benefit of water users nationwide.
  • Develop a Public Health research area for PRI.
  • Collect high-quality data for research on the groundwater of Illinois, including the collection of groundwater level and water quality data from private wells.
  • Exercise knowledge of hydrologic data collection practices and equipment to ensure that research quality data are collected in a variety of projects that require data collection.
  • Execute complex tasks to meet the data needs of research projects.
  • Conduct data analysis, including processing of field data and producing data and graphics for reports; and constructing and processing maps, presentations, and reports.
  • Assist in the preparation of technical publications on data collected and analyses of those data.
  • Work with other scientists in the section, survey and PRI in the preparation of proposals related to groundwater, drinking water, wastewater treatment, and private well resources.
  • Develop research ideas and write proposals for grant funding in support of our public health and water quality goals.
  • Serve as a PI on grant funded research projects.
  • Complete progress and final reports as part of grant deliverables.
  • Work with project sponsors on cooperative projects and to support their staff.
  • Supervise staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, career development planning, lease/travel approval, as well as conducting annual performance reviews.
  • Professional development activities such as attending and exhibiting at conferences, and giving presentations.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

Required Qualifications for Assistant Research Scientist level:

Bachelor’s degree in a Physical Science related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. A minimum of five years (Bachelor’s) or 3 years (Master’s) experience as an Environmental Health Professional. A minimum of 3 years of field experience inspecting, drilling, or sampling water wells or 3 years research experience with a water quality-related, public health focus. A current REHS or LEHP credential as an Environmental Health Professional, or the ability to get certified within 6 months of employment. Demonstrated knowledge of groundwater, wells, and water quality/water treatment related issues. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and PRI clients. 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. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and PRI clients. Some of the work of this position takes place in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves remaining in a stationary position for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. Will require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel (including driving to and from research sites) throughout the state of Illinois working irregular hours and overnights; conference travel to industry events nationwide; lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Must be flexible in responding to variable and potentially harsh environmental conditions. Occasional overnight travel may occur.

Preferred Qualifications for Assistant Research Scientist level:

Master’s of Science in Geology, Public Health or related field. Supervisory and training experience; GIS and statistics experience; Proposal writing and research project management experience. Any additional training or certifications as they relate to the position.

Required Qualifications for Associate Research Scientist level:

Bachelor’s degree in a Physical Science related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. A minimum of ten years (Bachelor’s) or seven years (Master’s) experience as an Environmental Health Professional. A minimum of five years of field experience inspecting, drilling, or sampling water wells or five years research experience with a water quality-related, public health focus. Past experience as a staff manager. A current REHS or LEHP credential as an Environmental Health Professional, or the ability to get certified within 6 months of employment. Demonstrated knowledge of groundwater, wells, and water quality/water treatment related issues. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and PRI clients. 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. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and PRI clients. Some of the work of this position takes place in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves remaining in a stationary position for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. Will require working in adverse field conditions (heat, humidity, biting insects, etc.), travel (including driving to and from research sites) throughout the state of Illinois working irregular hours and overnights; conference travel to industry events nationwide; lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Must be flexible in responding to variable and potentially harsh environmental conditions. Occasional overnight travel may occur.

Preferred Qualifications for Associate Research Scientist level:

Master’s of Science in Geology, Public Health or related field. Supervisory and training experience; GIS and statistics experience; Proposal writing and research project management experience. Any additional training or certifications as they relate to the position.

Appointment: This is a visiting full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and a programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable and salary is commensurate with experience and skills.

Application: Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jon Freiman at [email protected] or 217-244-2687.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:NP Category:6-Research Title:Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Environmental Public Health - Illinois State Water Survey, PRI (139841) Open Date:12/07/2020 Organization Name:IL State Water Survey

 

 

 

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Posted: 12/8/2020
Application Due: 5/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time
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