Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

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ISTC currently has the following open positions:


The Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses 5 large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archeology.

Our Mission is to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.

ISTC integratesapplied 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.

Primary Position Function/Summary: Support the primary functions of the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center's (ISTC) Technical Assistance Program by working directly with Illinois companies and communities to provide technical assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing solutions to improve efficiency associated with materials, processes, water and wastewater, and energy utilization.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Work with businesses, municipalities, and state and federal agencies to promote the implementation of sustainable practices, affecting their triple bottom-line (people, planet, profit). Identify and secure clients needing technical assistance services provided within the Illinois businesses, government, and not-for-profit complex, including ISTC’s current network of clients, consultants, vendors, local/state/federal agencies, and private environmental and/or sustainability organizations. Conduct on-site pollution prevention assessments independently and in conjunction with representatives from ISTC and partner agencies. Identify material optimization, water conservation, energy efficiency and waste minimization opportunities within client facilities. Develop business cases for implementation of sustainable practices. Assist clients with facilitation and implementation of ISTC-recommended opportunities. Participate in pilot scale projects for innovative processes in the area of industrial and municipal solid waste reuse, reduction, recycling and waste to energy methods. Collect, process, and analyze data from these activities for the purposes of identifying suitable technologies for introduction to U of I organizations and Illinois companies. Collaborate with U of I and industry to transfer the technology and knowledge to other clients and the research industry. Make technical presentations to clients and at professional events/conferences regarding ISTC services and/or research results. Prepare and disseminate technical reports and publications to be published in professional journals, newsletters, peer-reviewed journals, etc. Collect, compile and report environmental outcomes and project outputs. Contribute to project reports for funding sponsors. Work jointly with a number of varied constituencies while observing standards of professional conduct. Must be willing and able to travel intermittently. Contribute to the overall mission of the Center.

Position requirements:
Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, economics, environmental or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be accepted/considered based upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Experience: Required: A minimum of 5 years’ applicable experience working in business or industrial environment.

Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Must possess a valid driver’s license and access to transportation. Must be a U.S. citizen or authorized to work in the state of Illinois.

Knowledge Requirements:
Required: Familiarity with Illinois businesses and industries. Must be motivated and eager to learn new skills, particularly about manufacturing and industrial systems particularly related to sustainability, energy efficiency, and process improvement with partners, clients and customers under difficult and demanding situations. Must possess awareness of the impact of current and potential regulations on industrial processes. Must have basic knowledge of safe work practices. Effective communication, technical writing, organizational, personal relations, teamwork, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of limited resources and multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision and as a self-starter. Possess an attention to detail. Excellent computer and data management skills, including knowledge of current software.

Preferred: Demonstrated knowledge of industrial processes and process economics. Experience in helping develop projects that lead to contracts. Experience in understanding, identifying, and satisfying customer needs.

Salary & Benefits: Range: $47,500 - $51,000 commensurate with experience and education. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance. This is a full-time, 12-month academic professional position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Start date is somewhat negotiable, but preferred date is on or about December 1, 2016.

To apply: Applications must be received by October 28, 2016. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a cover letter detailing qualifications and skills, curriculum vitae or resume’, proof of degree status, working e-mail address, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete information will not be reviewed. Applications may be reviewed prior to closing. For further information please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 217-333-6897, For technical questions, please Debra Jacobson at

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

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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