Research Specialist - Department Of Crop Sciences (a1700765) Wanted In Urbana

Published 2017-12-16
Expires 2019-06-14
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Research Specialist - Department Of Crop Sciences (a1700765) Wanted In Urbana
United-states, Illinois, Urbana,
Published December 16, 2017

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Job type: Full time
Occupation: Research specialist - department of crop sciences (a1700765)

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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.


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


  • 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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience


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.


Please create your candidate profile at 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, href="mailto:[email protected]" target="_blank">[email protected]. You may also visit href="" target="_blank"> for additional information.

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

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
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