Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Mesoscale Climatologist

The Illinois State Water Survey is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist.


Date posted

Jan. 5, 2018 12:00 am

Application deadline

Jan. 30, 2018 12:00 am


Illinois State Water Survey


  • United States

Job description

Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Mesoscale Climatologist

Illinois State Water Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois State Water Survey of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a leader in the study of water resources for more than a century. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.

The Illinois State Water Survey is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist to develop and enhance the understanding of a multi-disciplinary mesoscale climatological research program to extend the understanding of climate influences on mesoscale phenomena and contribute to a program using climate information to improve solar energy performance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities in mesoscale meteorology and climate science.
  • Contribute to research using climate information to improve solar energy performance
  • With guidance from experienced staff develop proposals for external funding to secure funding to support independent research focusing on advancing the understanding of past and future climate and impactful mesoscale weather events.
  • Publish the results of original research in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals and other outlets with rigorous review processes.
  • Provide authoritative information on results of research projects for the public, other scientists, industry, and governmental agencies, and communicate research results through writing and public speaking.
  • Develop collaborations within ISWS, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and other service to ISWS, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
  • Actively participate in professional societies and associations

Position Requirements and Qualifications:

Education Required: Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences with an emphasis on research in climate sciences and/or mesoscale meteorological phenomena.

Experience Required: Course work and/or experience in conducting research in atmospheric and climate sciences. At least 1-3 years of work experience in atmospheric sciences; MS and Ph.D. graduate work is acceptable experience; including thesis and dissertation. Early career track record for publishing high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Supervisory and/or team leadership experience.

Preferred: Lead/co-author on multiple publications in high-level scientific journals and/or experience as PI or co-PI on a grant in climate sciences and/or mesoscale meteorology. Experience in research relating the occurrence and intensity of high-impact mesoscale meteorological phenomena and their relationship with past and future climatic conditions.

Training Required: Driver’s license

Knowledge Required:
Ability to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources. Effective communication,
collaboration, personal relations, and team work skills. Demonstrated ability to perform efficiently with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail. Sound judgment. Proficiency in software and databases commonly-employed in the atmospheric sciences

Preferred: Understanding of large-scale climate/local weather relationships

This is a visiting full-time position paid on a 12-month basis. Position may become a regular position
at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need.

Proposed start date: as soon as possible after the closing date, or until a suitable candidate is identified. Salary: is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Appointment status: full-time, visiting academic professional position Application procedures: Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references by January 30, 2018. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Hannah Dorsey at (217) 333-4978

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