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  • Visiting Processing Engineer/Chemist

    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


    ISTC is seeking a Visiting Processing Engineer/Chemist to organize and perform experiments in support of process development; data collection and analysis; report writing and project deliverables.

  • Student/Academic Hourly – Communications

    ISTC seeks a student or academic hourly employee to create closed captions for seminar videos and to assist with ISTC’s social media presence.

  • Academic Hourly-Illinois Water Treatment (IWT) Program

    Provide accurate and timely technical and analytical support for the Institutional Water Treatment unit (IWT), including water sample, deposits and corrosion coupon analysis and evaluation. Provide professional, unbiased scientific recommendations regarding water treatment and corrosion control needs to state and private facilities.

  • Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Materials Science

    ISTC is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Materials Science, to conduct research and lead projects related to the areas of material science, bio/chemical processing, hazardous waste reduction/repurposing, energy efficiency/conversion/storage, and/or water/wastewater treatment as part of enhancing research capabilities under the Hazardous Waste Fund.

  • Visiting Business Development Specialist

    ISTC is seeking a Visiting Business Development Specialist to work within the Technical Assistance Program to recruit and maintain relationships with business and communities for the purpose of evaluating their sustainability needs and generating projects to address these needs.

  • Academic Hourly-Research Chemist

    Conduct basic and applied research in a field and laboratory setting in the area of carbon capture processes.