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Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Bedrock Geology

Illinois State Geological Survey Carbondale ,IL
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Job Description

Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Bedrock Geology

Illinois State Geological Survey

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is a premier state geological survey 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. 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. Learn more at

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

ISGS is seeking to hire a Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Bedrock Geology to plan and conduct field work and research related to bedrock geologic mapping in Illinois. Position is based in Carbondale, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct fieldwork to study outcrops and acquire geologic data.
  • Oversee core drilling operation and well site geology, core logging.
  • Measure geologic sections and create geologic cross sections.
  • Digitize and compile geologic information using ArcMap.
  • Obtain accurate georeferenced location data using hand-held GPS equipment.
  • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
  • Assemble data points from previous geologic mapping efforts along with new data location points and combine all data into a geodatabase.
  • Perform quality assurance and control (QA/QC) on collected data.
  • Evaluate field data and create maps.
  • Produce reports and summaries of data collection missions.
  • Evaluate the results of chemical analyses.
  • Follow up on research questions that have developed from original mapping.
  • Collaborate in identifying relevant research needs and project opportunities.
  • Contribute to obtaining externally funded research projects by preparing and writing proposals for new research grants and contracts.
  • Supervise, mentor, and lead staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. For direct reporting staff, this also includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position mentoring, and leave/travel approval.
  • Respond to requests for information and provide technical expertise to PRI staff, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, industry, and the general public.
  • Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
  • Enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state, national, and international level.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in geology, earth science, environmental science, geography, or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. At least 2 years of related industry or research experience with bachelor’s degree. Geologic mapping experience, including constructing geologic maps using ArcGIS. Knowledge of the geology in Illinois. Proven ability to draw geologic cross sections, map geologic structure, and describe sedimentary rock. Knowledge of the geology in the Illinois Basin. Ability to effectively manage significant aspects of projects and supervise associated personnel. Ability to effectively manage project funds. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple dynamic priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Affinity for cooperative or interdisciplinary research with scientists at the Survey, professionals at other Surveys or other academic units, as well as governmental and other academic institutions. Proficiency in commonly employed software. Valid driver’s license. Fieldwork will occur in both rural and urban settings, some of which may be under adverse conditions (e.g. inclement weather, remoteness, and moderate physical exertion), will include overnight travel for up to one work week at a time. Position involves lifting and manipulating field equipment and other items weighing up to 75 pounds and hiking over uneven terrain.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in geology, earth science, environmental science, geography, or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Prior experience utilizing GPS devices and incorporating georeferenced locations into ArcGIS. Experience with well site geology (core drilling) and logging core. First aid training.

This is a full-time, visiting academic professional, grant supported, 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by August 11, 2020. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a résumé/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional (not personal) references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at or 217-244-2401.

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Illinois State Geological Survey


Carbondale, IL