RESEARCHER 7 Aqueous Geochemist

Location
Duluth, Minnesota
Salary
Competitive salary based on experience + benefits.
Posted
August 24 2018
Ref
Job Opening #323153
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Non-Profit

RESEARCHER 7 Aqueous Geochemist

Job Opening ID: 323153

Job Code 9742R7

Position Number 305498

NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE - (www.nrri.umn.edu)

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - DULUTH

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota Duluth seeks a full-time researcher (professional staff) specializing in Aqueous Geochemistry with an emphasis on the application of geochemical tools to a broad range of scientific questions in Minnesota and the Great Lakes region. Research at NRRI is focused on delivering solutions to pressing problems associated with the sustainable use and development of Minnesota’s natural resources, balancing the environment, resources and economy for the benefit of communities. We seek an individual with a broad set of skills who can collaborate effectively with an interdisciplinary group of scientists and engineers.

The new Researcher will join an existing research group at NRRI that has strong ties to a diverse group of aquatic and geological scientists and engineers at the U. of Minnesota Duluth and Twin Cities campuses; State, Tribal, and Federal agency scientists; NGO scientists; industry scientists; and natural resource managers in the region.

Research will focus on identifying, developing, and demonstrating systems-based approaches for environmental characterization, monitoring, and remediation of surface and groundwaters, including collaborating with team members in the development of new methods and technologies for water quality enhancement. Expertise in mineral-water interactions, water balances, and geochemical modeling are sought. Projects may include: application of novel or established geochemical testing methods for prediction of water chemistry; characterizing potential for acid rock drainage and metal leaching resulting from rock/mineral weathering; characterizing processes that occur at solid-water interface; characterizing chemical, physical, biological, and geochemical processes controlling the transport of dissolved materials; interpreting geochemical signals from lake sediments; geochemical assessments and remediation; environmental assessments associated with mining, forestry, transportation, manufacturing, or energy development activities; collaborating in development of water treatment protocols and/or technologies.

The candidate will develop and lead their own research program within the framework of the NRRI mission and strategic goals. Key responsibilities will be to define new and unique opportunities, develop successful proposals, and establish internal and external collaborations that will grow programs, strengthen capabilities, expand research areas, and meet long-term strategic goals of the organization. Candidate will participate in publication and grantsmanship; conduct field and lab studies; interact with business and industry and diverse natural resource related agencies and the general public; supervise interns and technical staff working on a variety of existing and new projects. This position may also involve oversight of a State-Certified Water Quality Laboratory, with opportunity for supervision of graduate and undergraduate students via participation in one or more graduate faculty programs at UMD or UM Twin Cities.  Mid-career professionals, especially those with some administrative experience, are encouraged to apply.

Depending on the availability of research funds, the position will be funded from 40-100% through annual, renewable appointments. The position offers a competitive salary with a full benefit package.  Salary is negotiable commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in earth and environmental sciences or environmental / civil / chemical engineering / chemistry  (or similar) from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Three years post-PhD experience in aqueous geochemistry (chemical reactions, acid-base accounting, phase diagrams, mineral solubility, elemental exchange between earth / soil and water bodies involving field sampling, laboratory and field studies, laboratory and field data analyses, experimental design, geochemical modeling);
  • Record of scientific achievement as indicated by a publication record and external funding commensurate with time since PhD, with a record of peer reviewed publications (at least one as first author; OR  a publication record of technical reports or equivalent relevant to industry;
  • Demonstrated record of interdisciplinary research and collaboration in the fields of environmental engineering, chemistry, geology, physics, hydrology, aquatic ecology, limnology and/or social science;
  • Experience working independently and working as part of diverse teams conducting multidisciplinary research;
  • Experience writing successful grant and/or project proposals, managing project scopes and budgets;
  • Experience building and or using industry-standard geochemical models (e.g. PHREEQC, Geochemists Workbench);
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with state, federal, and / or tribal agencies, industries, and /or private organizations; and developing collaborations and partnerships with scientists and/or extension educators or industry partners to find long term solutions to water quality issues;

Desired Qualifications:

  • Six years post-PhD experience in aqueous geochemistry (chemical reactions, acid-base accounting, phase diagrams, mineral solubility, elemental exchange between earth / soil and water bodies involving field sampling, laboratory and data analyses, experiment design);
  • Evidence of application of stable isotopes or other advanced analytical instruments, technologies and concepts for solving environmental problems;
  • General knowledge of watershed processes, wastewater treatment technologies, mineral exploration methods; mineral processing methods; and environment regulations and policies.
  • Excellent skills with data management and/ or visualization skills (database design, web technologies, geographic information systems, etc.), statistical software (e.g. SAS, R, including univariate and multivariate analyses) and data analysis;
  • Supervisory experience (i.e., technicians, undergraduate and/or graduate students, or support staff);
  • Two or more years of institutional administration or leadership responsibilities (e.g., program leader, departmental administration, other equivalent);
  • Record of scientific achievement as indicated by at least 20 publications in peer-reviewed scientific literature (at least 5 as first author); OR a comparable publication record of technical reports or equivalent relevant to industry;
  • Recognized technical leadership via national and/or international authority and collaboration with key industries, institutions, organizations, and partners;
  • Service on external review committees and influence upon scientific or engineering standards and procedures;
  • Demonstrated oral and communication skills in the English language and ability to communicate effectively with the public.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Review of complete applications will begin May 14, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ and search for job opening 323153. Complete applications must include:
  • A letter expressing interest, availability, experience, and strengths as they relate to the position
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three professional references

Applicants may also include the following optional documents:

  • A statement of philosophy regarding commitment to diversity and equal opportunity
  • The cover letter and CV/resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents.
  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please send any inquiries to Patrice Hell, phell@d.umn.edu or 218-788-2746.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Please Note:  If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact U of M Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for any eligibility limitations.

***Smoking and chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes is prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.***

Background Check Information:

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Diversity:

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.