Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Engineering - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (146059)
Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Engineering
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.
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ISTC is seeking to hire a Visiting Associate Research Scientist, Engineering to establish an interdisciplinary program of research in one or more areas related to the production of energy/fuels/food/feed/chemicals/polymer from biomass and industrial and residential waste materials such as plastic and MSW. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Synthesize and analyze current state-of-art, identify technical and economic bottlenecks and identify pathways to advance sustainability in one or more areas related to the production of energy/fuels/food/feed/chemicals/polymer from biomass and industrial and residential waste materials.
- Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
- Establish Survey as a thought-leader in generating sustainable solutions.
- Develop proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
- Serve as principal investigator, lead research projects, and perform tasks in that capacity including management of grant funding and efficient production of project, grant, or contract reports and deliverables.
- Foster interdisciplinary research with scientists at the Survey, professionals at other Surveys or other academic units, as well as governmental and other academic institutions.
- Supervise 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.
- Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
- 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.
- Participate in a leadership role in professional organizations, serve on editorial boards in a leadership role for peer-reviewed journals, and participate in national or international committees addressing related to expertise.
- Communicate results of investigations as presentations and lectures to a wide variety of audiences in a variety of venues including public lectures and meetings, short courses, field trips, professional organization conferences and meetings, and academic or research seminars.
- Contribute to 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.
- Master's degree in chemical, biochemical, or environmental engineering, material sciences, or closely 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 8 years related industry or research experience with master's degree or at least 5 years related industry or research experience with Ph.D.
- Experience in one or more areas related to energy, fuel, food, feed, chemicals, polymer production and use.
- Experience in one or more areas related to energy production/conversion/storage, bio/chemical processing, and waste reduction/repurposing.
- Experience in product or process development, technical market development, team building, and leadership.
- Ability to establish and sustain an independent research program.
- Ability to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources.
- 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 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. Valid driver's license.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in chemical, biochemical, or environmental engineering, material sciences, or closely related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.
This is a full-time visiting 12-month academic professional 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 July 2, 2021 . Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. 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 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-244-2401.
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