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Associate Geophysicist - Division of Illinois State Geological Survey (A1200649)

Position Deleted on 3/16/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Urbana, IL
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Full Time
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Associate Geophysicist Illinois State Geological Survey Prairie Research Institute University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign We are seeking an individual to design, initiate, and complete original research in high resolution geophysics as applied to Quaternary and near-surface geology with particular emphasis on acquiring ground-based and airborne electrical, electromagnetic, seismic reflection, and magnetic data to support 3D geologic mapping activities and hydrogeophysical studies and communicate results of those investigations in a variety of formats and venues.

Responsibilities: Serve as principal investigator leading research projects, managing grant funding, and producing project, grant, or contract reports and deliverables. Develop and implement research methodology for ground-based and airborne geophysical projects. Oversee and participate in the collection of ground-based and airborne geophysical data with an emphasis on electrical, electromagnetic, seismic, and magnetic data to provide geophysical support to a variety of ISGS research and service programs. Design modifications to equipment and data collection procedures. Integrate other geophysical techniques. Process and interpret geophysical data. Publish results of investigations in ISGS publication series and other venues and formats which include, but are not limited to, geologic maps, journal articles, web pages, scientific abstracts, and databases. 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. 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. Prepare and write contract and grant proposals to provide external funding. Respond to requests for information by, and provide technical expertise to, staff, government agencies, academia, industry, and the general public. Responses include written memorandum reports, public presentations, telephone conversations, and field work. Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings, conferences, and workshops. Participate in professional organizations. Train and supervise the work of hourly and student assistants.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in geology, geophysics, or related discipline. Master's degree is preferred. Seven (7) years related industry and/or research experience post bachelor's degree. Experience designing and applying ground-based and airborne high-resolution geophysical data acquisition, processing, and interpretation procedures to near-surface problems with an emphasis on electrical, electromagnetic, seismic, and magnetic methods. Knowledge of glacial geology and sedimentology. Ability to develop, conduct, and manage research and service projects. Ability to develop competitive research proposals for external funding. Demonstrated ability to write scientific reports. Skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and graphics software. Good oral and written communication skills to present and publish scientific research results and interact effectively with others. Ability to effectively work independently. Ability to prioritize, accomplish tasks, and meet deadlines. Good communication skills to establish friendly, open, and, clear communication with staff and others. Ability and willingness to effectively contribute as part of a team. Ability to train and supervise the work of hourly and student assistants. The work of this position takes place in an office and in the field. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions. A significant amount of 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, such as field equipment, weighing at least 70 pounds.

This is a regular full-time academic professional position.

The starting date is negotiable after the closing date.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2013; however, the position will remain open until filled.

To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through by the close of the posting period.

Qualified candidates must upload a letter of application which details qualifications noted above, résumé, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and 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.

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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