Director, Advanced Energy Technology Initiative

The Illinois State Geological Survey (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. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, 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. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.

We are seeking an individual to provide leadership, clear scientific vision, and direction to the subdisciplines and staff members that comprise the Advanced Energy Technology Initiative (AETI) at the ISGS. The leadership skills of the individual will encourage multidisciplinary, project-based research within AETI and throughout ISGS, other Surveys, and University related to energy issues; develop, implement, and administer research and service programs of the AETI; and facilitate coordination, communication, and teamwork throughout the PRI and the University. As the Director of AETI, the individual will promote AETI services and capabilities to a variety of stakeholders including government funding agencies, corporations, and legislative representatives. The individual will continue to maintain AETI’s domestic and international reputation as a global leader in addressing energy issues.

Ph.D. in geological science, engineering, or related discipline with career emphasis related to energy resources and 15 years of combined research and managerial experience beyond the completion of master’s degree. Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address challenges facing society related to the advanced energy fields, such as carbon capture and storage, mitigation of fossil fuel emissions, water for energy resource development and power generation, public engagement and education on energy issues, unconventional oil and natural gas resource assessment, natural gas geologic storage, and enhanced oil recovery.

Applications must be received by May 15, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please visit to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered. An incomplete application 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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