Field Research Specialist Position at University of Illinois

Job Opportunity

Field Research Specialist 

Department of Plant Biology 

School of Integrative Biology 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The Department of Plant Biology/School of Integrative Biology is searching for a full time Field Research Specialist. The Field Research Specialist will have responsibility for maintenance and operation of infrastructure to impose experimental drought treatments and to lead phenotyping of setaria mapping populations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

Coordinate setaria drought studies, including: supervise undergraduate field assistants in conjunction with project graduate students (hire, train, assign/review work, address work issues, approve time, set work schedules, and set goals), field preparation, micromet monitoring, phenotypic data collection, organization and shipping of samples to project partners,

end-of-season biomass harvests. Maintain and operate drought treatment (winter tarp, awnings, irrigation).

Required Qualifications 

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field

Previous experimental field work

Previous work in a team setting

Knowledge of plant physiology, basic mechano-electronics

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience with maintenance and operation of rainfall interception awnings, familiarity with cultivation of millet and plant ecophysiological researchtechniques

Salary: Will be determined by experience and qualifications.

Starting Date: As soon as possible after closing date.

To Appy: Please create your candidate profile at and upload a resume, letter of interest, and the names and email addresses for three professional references. For further information, please contact: Search Chair, Field Research Specialist at

Closing date: For full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by June 2, 2016. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

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