Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry

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Urbana, IL

Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) 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. ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse. 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 encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

ISTC is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry (up to two depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to conduct water quality research for institutional water treatment clients. Conduct on-site collection, testing, analysis, and recommendations for improvement. Position is based in Champaign, Illinois

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-site collection and testing of water samples of institutional water systems such as potable, boiler, closed systems and cooling towers.
  • Complete 1 to 6 site visits per year to each assigned client requiring overnight travel two to three nights per week
  • Perform onsite testing and analysis.
  • Interpret testing results and transmit those results with corrective recommendations to the site engineers.
  • Provide written and verbal communication, including analytical results of samples, detailing any noted deficiencies in treatment or control with recommendations for improvement, opportunities for human health and safety, reducing energy, water, and treatment chemical use
  • Consult with institutional personnel concerning the state of their systems and answer requests for assistance in person, by phone and/or e-mail, including updating of control charts, complex problem solving, water treatment, and equipment recommendations as necessary.
  • Identify efficiency opportunities in the IWT system to streamline information flow and decrease labor and time required from IWT personnel.
  • Perform laboratory analysis on collected samples and other laboratory duties as required.
  • Collaborate with TAP team members to recommended testing and services based on systems at prospective client facilities. Visit prospective client facilities in support of writing service proposals.
  • 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:

Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Experience conducting chemical analysis. Experience with wet chemical analysis following Standard Methods procedures including preparation, titration and digestion. Maintain and calibrate laboratory and field equipment and solutions. Ability to ensure compliance with all ISTC and laboratory safety procedures 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 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 be able to meet the physical demands of transporting testing and analysis equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for distances up to 100 yards. Must also be able to meet medical requirements for wearing a respirator. Must be able to climb 3 stories of stairs. A wide range of temperatures and condition will be encountered. Boiler rooms are typically up to 110 degrees with high humidity and cooling towers are often located on roofs and exposed to the elements. Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Experience conducting research on water quality. Experience building client base and working with institutions in Illinois.

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.

How to apply

Applications must be received by February 12, 2020. Interviews and hiring may be conducted before the closing date due to this being a multi-hire search. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board 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 rsum/CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional 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 [email protected] or 217-244-2401.

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