Associate Engineering Geologist or Engineering Geologist (depending on qualifications)

Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Geological Survey (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. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology.  The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, 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.   The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.   

  • Plan, coordinate, and conduct basic and applied research related to engineering geology and earth hazards.
  • Provide expertise on slope stability, earthquake hazards, underground construction stability, blasting and traffic vibrations, microseismicity related to human activities, urban hazards related to modification of the landscape, mine subsidence, and other topics related to the behavior of rocks and soil.  Work and collaborate with other local, state, and federal agencies including other geological survey organizations on issues related to earth hazards.
  • Map the distribution of engineering properties of rocks and soil at various scales at the land surface and in the subsurface based on existing geologic map information, acquisition of new data from archived records, or collection and analysis of new field, laboratory or archived data sources.
  • Serve as principal investigator, lead research and geologic projects, and perform tasks in that capacity including management of grant funding and production of project, grant, or contract reports and deliverables. Pursue externally funded research projects by preparing and writing contract and grant proposals to provide external funding.
  • Publish results as application specific maps, material properties maps, or as complements to existing or new geologic maps. 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.
  • Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats, which include, but are not limited to, public information pamphlets and posters, geologic maps, journal articles, web pages, scientific abstracts, and databases.
  • Respond to requests for information on coal mine subsidence, foundation problems, landslides, rock and soil behavior (soil and rock mechanics), and earthquake effects and provide technical expertise to staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public. Responses include written memorandum reports, public presentations, telephone conversations, occasional field work and field and laboratory testing of materials.
  • Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops.  Participate in professional organizations. Communicate results of investigations as presentations and lectures to a wide variety of audiences in a variety of venues including public lectures and meetings, educational settings, field trips, professional organization conferences and meetings, and academic or research seminars.
  • Train and supervise the work of students.

A minimum of a master’s degree in geology, geological engineering, or related discipline with a minimum of 4 years of relevant industry or research experience post master’s degree. Demonstrated ability to conduct research related to the engineering properties of earth materials and ability to apply knowledge of the engineering properties of earth materials to solving societal issues. Familiarity with geotechnical field and laboratory testing of materials and rock/soil mass behavior monitoring instruments. Ability to write or prepare high quality sponsored research proposals, scientific reports and publications and give oral presentations.  Skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and GIS software. Ability to organize and execute research tasks and meet deadlines. Good communication skills to establish friendly, open, and clear communication with others. Ability and willingness to effectively contribute as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Ability to train and supervise the work of students. Must be able to travel occasionally, including up to a work week of consecutive nights of overnight travel, to attend meetings and perform field work.  Must be able to conduct field work under less than ideal conditions.  

This is a regular full-time academic professional position. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  

How to Apply: 

Applications must be received by October 10, 2014.  To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.  Incomplete information will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at or 217-244-2401.  Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (