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Visiting Scientific Specialist, Mining Data Preservation - Illinois State Geological Survey

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, 61820
Geology, Earth Sciences, and Oceanography
Visiting Scientific Specialist,
Mining Data Preservation
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 a Visiting Scientific Specialist,
Mining Data Preservation
to help prepare, coordinate, and copyedit
technical and scientific reports and maps on mining activities in Illinois for
contract fulfillment to funding agencies.. Position is based in Champaign,

Duties & Responsibilities:
Utilize specialized terminology in
mining, remediation, and geology to draft and revise manuscripts using text,
graphs, and figures provided by scientists for internal and external
Coordinate and conduct formal review of maps and
reports.  Confer with authors to suggest
technical revisions and reorganizations to clarify and improve scientific
readability.  Review, edit, and proofread
highly technical and scientific reports, proposals, publications, and other
Confer with project staff to organize and maintain
production schedules for reports and maps.
Examine and review reports and maps for organization,
consistency, clarity, completeness, grammatical correctness, punctuation,
Collaborate with staff to set specifications for new text,
tables, figures, photos, large-format maps, and cross sections; as well as
maintain adherence to already established formats for these items.
Resolve conflicting geospatial information: ensure
standardization, consistency, and quality of data through established
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 professional
meetings, conferences, and workshops.
Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other
services to PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
Enhance the reputation of the unit and PRI at the state and
national levels.
Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
Perform other duties as needed in order to further the
mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University.

Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree in geology, geography,
anthropology, environmental science/policy, or other research-based social
sciences.  Alternate degree fields will
be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as
it relates to this position.  Demonstrated experience producing reports of compiled data and
research.  Valid driver's license.  Preferred Qualifications: Master's in
geology, geography, anthropology, environmental science/policy, or other
research-based social sciences. Alternate degree fields will be
considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it
relates to this position.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  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. 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 and databases.

Work Environment: The
work of this position takes place in an office setting with occasional travel
to meetings.

: This is a full-time visiting academic professional appointment.  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.  The minimum starting salary is $60,000.

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

Procedure and Deadline Information:  Applications
must be received by 6:00 p.m. Central on June 7, 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: 1023268

Job Category: Research

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