Associate Environmental Geoscientist

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.  

We are seeking an individual to conduct research related to the monitoring, verification, and accounting (MVA) programs at several large-scale carbon sequestration demonstration projects; develop, deploy, facilitate, and document MVA efforts being conducted by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) Partnership. Develop and conduct research and service activities; contribute to the development of research proposals for external funding and other initiatives consistent with the mission and goals of the Geochemistry Section, the ISGS, and the MGSC Carbon Sequestration Program. Integrate and interpret MVA information collected from existing projects involving various disciplines in collaboration with the MVA Program Coordinator and Field Manager. Present project and research findings in a variety of formats for a wide range of audiences (e.g., scientific, industry, government, general public, professional associations).Write, review, and publish scientific reports. Manage and maintain associated budgets. Respond to requests by staff, agencies, industry, and the public. Facilitate communication and provide scientific guidance among MVA team members. Coordinate MVA research efforts among project participants including external research collaborators. Train and oversee project staff, including students.


Master’s degree in geology, chemistry, environmental engineering, or related discipline required. Ph.D. preferred.  Minimum of five (5) years related industry and/or research experience (post bachelor’s degree) required. Ten (10) or more years of experience (post bachelor’s degree) preferred. Industry and/or research experience in areas of geochemistry, hydrogeology, or other related field highly preferred.  Ability to organize, interpret and present data from multi-disciplinary sources. Ability to manage and lead multidisciplinary projects. Ability to prioritize, organize, and handle heavy workloads with multiple deadlines. Excellent communication skills to facilitate friendly, open, and clear communication with others. Ability and willingness to effectively contribute as part of a team. Ability to train and oversee the work of project staff, including students. Established scientific publications record. Field work will be required; therefore, must be willing and able to be away from home for extended periods.  Must be willing and able to perform field work, some of which may be under less than ideal conditions (inclement weather, remoteness and moderate physical exertion).  Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds. Prefer experience with environmental monitoring; analytical chemistry; geologic carbon sequestration projects; management of multi-disciplinary projects and budgets; successful external funding record.

This is a regular full-time academic professional position subject to the availability of continued funding and programmatic needs. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply: 

Applications must be received by October 17, 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 (