Water Quality Scientist

Urbana-Champaign, IL, US

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) has many funded projects that focus on emerging contaminants within water supply, wastewater, and groundwater.  This position is designed to provide water quality science expertise to address critical issues across the state.  This position is expected to establish a research program that interacts with agencies and outside contractors to enable the scale-up of these processes.

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.  Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encourages to apply.  For more information, visit http://go.illinois.eud/EEO.

ISWS is seeking to hire a Water Quality Scientist (Official Title: Assistant or Associate Scientist, Water Quality Engineering (assistant or associate level is dependent on qualifications)) to plan, conduct, supervise, and formulate collaborative research on inorganic and organic contaminants, especially focusing on emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals and personal care products, per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals, agriculture chemicals (P and N), micro plastics, and other contaminants including lead) and excessive nutrients in groundwater, surface water, and wastewater.

Major Duties and Responsibilities which will vary depending on position level:

  • Establish an independent research program
  • Conduct original research in both laboratory and field settings in areas of expertise on chemistry, fate, transport, environmental effects, and remediation of both organic and inorganic contaminants in aquatic systems in Illinois and other regions as applicable.
  • Effectively initiate and manage research as principal investigator, including project funds and resources.
  • Acquire external funding from government agencies, foundations, private entities, etc. to support research, independently or in collaboration with colleagues
  • Provide authoritative and current information on the results of research projects for the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies, and effectively communicate research results through writing reports, publication in scientific journals, and public speaking.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Surveys, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
  • Actively participate in professional societies, journal editorial boards, and/or associations.
  • Establish relationships and collaborate with staff within PRI/UIUC as well as other universities, agencies, and organizations as appropriate.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Surveys, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
  • Travel throughout the state, regionally, nationally, and internationally to field sites and meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Surveys, PRI, and the University of Illinois

Required Qualifications for Assistant Level: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Chemistry, Limnology. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position.  A minimum of 3 years’ experience related to aquatic/environmental chemistry that includes experience in industry and/or state/federal agencies/laboratories with bachelor’s degree (minimum of 5 years with Bachelor’s degree). High level of expertise. Established success in writing grants and obtaining project funding. Significant record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and frequent citation of publications. Experience presenting research results at symposia, seminars, and conferences of nationally/internationally prestigious societies and institutions. Ability to effectively manage research as a principle investigator.  Valid driver’s license for travel to and from field research sites, meetings, conferences, etc.

Preferred Qualifications for Assistant Level:  Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Chemistry, Limnology. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position.  Minimum of 5 years of any combination of experience in industry and/or state/federal agencies/laboratories. Research work experience that focused on multiple areas of water quality and environmental contaminants.  Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and PRI clients as well as government and non-profit agency officials. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-pasted work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities which may have stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgement, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.

Required Qualifications for Associate Level: Master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Water Chemistry, Limnology. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. A minimum of 5 years’ experience related to aquatic/environmental chemistry that includes experience in industry and/or state/federal agencies/laboratories. At least 3 years of supervisory experience. Established record of being principal investigator, developing and managing projects, and increasing involvement in collaborations with other organizations/institutions. High level of expertise. Established success in writing grants and obtaining project funding. Significant record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and frequent citation of publications. Experience presenting research results at symposia, seminars, and conferences of nationally/internationally prestigious societies and institutions. Valid Driver’s License for travel to and from field research sites, meetings, conferences, etc.

Preferred Qualifications for Associate Level:  Minimum of 7 years of any combination of experience in industry and/or state/federal agencies/laboratories with minimum of 3 years of supervising a staff of 3 or more. Research work experience that focused on multiple areas of water quality and environmental contaminants. Excellent communication skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, staff, and PRI clients as well as government and non-profit agency officials. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-pasted work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities which may have stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgement, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.
Appointment: 

This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. 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 must be received by March 15th 2020.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  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.

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