Visiting Research Specialist Crop Sciences

Visiting 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 Coordinate field, laboratory and greenhouse research on wheat and oat breeding with emphasis on breeding for resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat.


• Coordinate all aspects of plant breeding research on winter wheat and spring oats including development of breeding lines with disease resistance.

• Participate in breeding research including design and implementation of field experiments. This will include the involvement in planting, irrigation, cultivation, pest management and harvesting crops.

• Inoculation and evaluation of plants

• Execute established experimental protocols

• Collect samples and data in field and greenhouse research trials and maintain data on yields and environmental variables (e.g., soil, plant, light, microbial, and yield data)

• Analyze plant samples and conduct lab work including DNA extractions and working with Fusarium Head blight isolates

• Manage and conduct preliminary analyses of experimental data using specialized statistical analysis software

• Prepare project reports and develop data summary tables

• Oversee the purchase of research related materials and supplies

• Supervise and train hourly employees


Required: BS in Crop Sciences, Plant Pathology, or related discipline Preferred: MS in Crop Sciences, Plant Pathology or related discipline

EXPERIENCE Required: Two years of research experience in an area related to this research project; experience working on field research plots; experience working with host-plant resistance to plant pathogens and experience conducting statistical analysis of data, and supervisory experience.

TRAINING/CERIFICATIONS/LICENSES Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license


Required: Planting breeding and statistics background, and familiarity with Microsoft Office products. Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills and ability to work independently as well as effectively with others.

Preferred: Knowledge of statistical software and plant breeding program management software. Familiarity with both field research and molecular marker methods.

APPOINTMENT STATUS This is a 12-month, 100% visiting academic professional position. This position may become permanent in the future.

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 and upload a cover letter indicating your qualifications, resume and contact information for three professional references by December 25, 2017. 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, You may also visit for additional information.

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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 To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit 

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