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Associate Research Scientist, Engineering - Illinois State Geological Survey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
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Associate Research Scientist,
Illinois State Geological Survey
Prairie Research Institute                                                                                                                                                                            
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

ISGS is seeking to hire an Associate Research Scientist,
to develop and review engineering designs and models of
geothermal systems.  Position is based in
Champaign, Illinois.

Duties & Responsibilities:
Serve as the lead engineer and
discipline expert on multi-scale geothermal projects from single buildings to
large district-scale systems.
Act as the technical specialist competent in the design and
analysis of geothermal bore fields and geothermal ground modeling simulations
within a multi-disciplined engineering and construction environment.
Oversee the planning and completion of subsurface
investigations for geothermal projects involving field and laboratory
activities, including geothermal borehole in-situ testing.
Manage multi-disciplinary project teams that may include
researchers, private subcontractors, and stakeholders.
Identify relevant research needs in the geothermal
discipline and pursue new research opportunities.
Pursue externally funded research projects by preparing and
writing contract and grant proposals.
Serve as principal investigator, co-principal investigators,
and senior personnel on geothermal research and development projects.
Write geothermal engineering reports, including technical
drawings and design specifications, and scholarly research papers.
Mentor early career engineering and geoscience
professionals, including graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Respond to requests for technical information and provide
professional expertise to government agencies, non-governmental organizations,
academia, industry, and the public.
Attend, participate in, and contribute to meetings,
conferences, and workshops.
Contribute to the areas of education, outreach, and/or other
service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of
Enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state,
national, and international level.
Keep abreast of developments in the geothermal discipline.
Perform other duties as needed to further the mission and
goals of the Survey, PRI, and University.

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. degree in geothermal engineering,
geological engineering, geotechnical engineering, or related engineering
discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on experience
as it relates to this position. At least five years' professional experience.
Expert knowledge of energy modeling for buildings and thermal energy networks
(e.g., TRNSYS and DOE codes). Experience developing numerical simulations and
computer codes (e.g., Python) including the use of high-performance computing
(HPC). Experience in engineering report writing and preparing contract
proposals and documents. Experience utilizing and developing databases.  Valid driver's license.  Preferred Qualifications: Expert
knowledge of groundwater flow models (e.g., DOE codes, MODFLOW, or FEFLOW).
Experience developing Building Heating and Cooling Load Modeling and Life Cycle
Cost Analysis to support design development and alternatives analysis. Expert
knowledge of borehole heat exchanger and geothermal design, modeling, and
simulation software (e.g., GLD, GHLEPro, COMSUL, Modelica, and DOE codes).
Certified Geothermal Designer and Licensed or immediately eligible for
licensure (within 6 months of employment).

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Ability
to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and supervise and
mentor associated personnel. 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 varying priorities with stringent deadlines, under
minimal supervision. Attention to detail and sound judgment. Has excellent
interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team setting with scientists,
engineers, and staff at the University of Illinois, state and federal
government agencies, other academic/research institutions, and industry.
Proficiency in commonly used software as well as with GIS and data

Work Environment: The
work of this position takes place primarily in an office setting with
occasional work in a field setting. Travel is required to attend meetings and
perform fieldwork including overnight travel for up to one work week at a time.
Position involves domestic and international travel. Fieldwork may be under
adverse conditions (e.g., inclement weather, remoteness, moderate physical
exertion). Position involves lifting and manipulating field equipment and other
items weighing up to 50 pounds over uneven terrain. A security clearance may be
required to access some field sites.

This is a full-time academic professional appointment.  The starting date is negotiable and the salary
is commensurate with experience.  The
minimum starting salary is $100,000.

Benefits:  The University of Illinois offers a wide
variety of benefits, including paid
leave and holidays

Procedure and Deadline Information:
must be received by 6:00 p.m. Central on May 31, 2024 (extended).  Applicants may be interviewed before the
closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date.    To
apply, please use the Apply Now button. Applications not submitted through will not be
considered.  Application materials must
include a 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 CV or resume, and 3) the names and
contact information including e-mail addresses of three professional (not
personal) references. All requested information and 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.  For questions regarding the application
process, including technical issues, please contact 217-333-2137.


The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1023035

Job Category: Research

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