Job announcement: Applications/Process Engineer, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center/Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) are 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.  PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois.  To learn more about ISTC please visit

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center is seeking an Applications/Process Engineer to organize and perform experiments in support of process development; data collection and analysis; report writing and project deliverables.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Follow all safety instructions and guidelines in accordance with PRI and University policies and maintain work spaces
  2. Organize and carry out bench scale and pilot scale experiments in accordance with directions from PIs / other senior personnel associated with project
  3. Collect, organize, and analyze data resulting from experiments related to process development, materials synthesis, water and wastewater treatment and analysis
  4. Prepare technical reports, progress reports, and final reports in accordance with sponsor guidelines
  5. Supervise, mentor, and lead undergraduate students, graduate students, and hourly employees to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback, and travel approval.
  6. Review current chemical/environmental/sustainability engineering literature as relevant to assigned tasks
  7. Carry out design calculations or process simulations at a level consistent with education/experience
  8. Keep abreast of developments in this discipline
  9. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI

Position Requirements and Qualifications


Required: B.S. Chemical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering/Environmental Engineering/other relevant scientific fields. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Preferred:  M.S. degree in above noted fields.


Required:  A minimum of one year relevant work experience.

Preferred: Experience in a process development environment. Experience and/or familiarity with membrane processes, membrane fabrication/synthesis/modification and wastewater treatment a plus. Supervisory and/or mentoring a plus.

Knowledge Requirements

Required: Coursework in unit operations, process design, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. Knowledge and familiarity with design of experiments and use of statistical software. Ability to work with Excel, and Matlab or equivalent. Ability to assemble and operate laboratory/pilot scale equipment. 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. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.

Preferred: Familiarity with process simulation and modeling. Generate engineering drawings using Autocad or similar. Knowledge and use of analytical chemistry equipment such as AA, ICP-MS, GC, LC, UV and IR spectrophotometry.

The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

This is a full-time, academic professional position.

Please complete your candidate profile at  and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by September 10, 2018.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Hannah Dorsey at (217) 333-4978 or  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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