Research Specialist Crop Sciences Position, UIUC

Research Specialist Crop Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Illinois is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. We serve the state, the nation, and the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and addressing critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge. Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. Illinois is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

PRIMARY FUNCTION Manage field research activities for an applied research program in Field Crop Entomology

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Design and conduct field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments to evaluate and develop management practices for insect pests of corn, soybeans, and other agronomic crops

• Plant, maintain, and harvest agronomic crops for small plot research

• Learn to identify insect pests and damage and coordinate data collection

• Handle and analyze experimental data and prepare visual representations, technical reports, and scientific manuscripts

• Communicate effectively with the P.I., graduate students, undergraduate students, cooperators, and farm staff to ensure that complex research tasks are completed on time

• Supervise hourly student workers by creating work schedules, assigning work detail, and overseeing quality of work.

• Train graduate and undergraduate students in field research methods as appropriate, including methods for plot establishment and maintenance and data collection

• Work in the adverse environmental conditions often encountered outdoors in agricultural fields, including extreme heat and cold, excess moisture and mud, pollen and other allergens, exposure to sunlight, etc.

EDUCATION

Required: BS in entomology, crop sciences, agronomy, or related area Preferred: MS in entomology, crop sciences, agronomy, or related area

EXPERIENCE Required: Two years of experience conducting small- and/or large-plot agricultural field research; experience with computers, including word processing and spreadsheet software; and experience instructing and supervising personnel

Preferred: Two years of experience conducting applied entomology field research on corn rootworm and/or other major insect pests; experience working with corn and soybean production in the Midwest; experience with insect identification and rearing; experience analyzing experimental data and preparing technical reports and/or scientific manuscripts; experience operating tractors, forklifts, spray equipment, harvesters and other agricultural implements.

TRAINING, LICENSES or CERTIFICATIONS

Required: Must possess or be able to obtain an Illinois Driver’s License. Must possess or be able to obtain an appropriate Illinois Commercial Pesticide Applicator license.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS

Required: Knowledge of agricultural production and pest management practices used in the Midwest. Knowledge of insect management practices in corn and soybean production systems. Ability to learn quickly, adapt to new challenges, and solve problems as they arise in unpredictable scenarios. Ability to organize and coordinate personnel, facilities, and equipment to ensure that complex research tasks are performed efficiently and correctly at the proper time. Understanding of basic experimental design principles. Ability to use computer equipment to handle, store, and analyze data and prepare reports.

APPOINTMENT STATUS This is a 12-month, 100% academic professional position.

SALARY Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

PROPOSED STARTING DATE This position is available as soon as possible after the closing date. Application materials may be reviewed prior to the close date and will continue until the most qualified candidate is identified.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter indicating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for three professional references by January 3, 2018. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, kemplin@illinois.edu. You may also visit http://cropsci.illinois.edu for additional information.

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

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