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Principal Research Specialist with University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL

Type of position Academic Professional position, not tenure track
Employer University of Illinois
Description of Employer 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.

Location Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Salary Salary will be commensurate with training and experience.
Closing date of competition February 22, 2015
Date position available As soon as possible after the closing date.
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Conduct applied weed science research through planning, coordination, treatment application, data collection, entry and analysis for field and greenhouse experiments.
  • Provide research knowledge and advice to faculty, staff, and graduate students in weed science.
  • Coordinate the management and leadership of the herbicide evaluation program.
  • Conduct field tours and presentations with weed science faculty and staff and perform other outreach activities as needed.
  • Maintain and analyze pesticide application records.
  • Collaborate with growers, industry representatives, and other research personnel.
  • Produce annual research summaries and reports.
  • Supervise hourly student employees by training, assigning work, and approving time sheets
Qualifications sought Required qualifications:

  • A B.S. in agronomy or related agricultural discipline
  • Three years of weed science research experience
  • Experience with computer software for word processing, data entry and analysis, and slide preparation
  • Applicant must possess a thorough knowledge of weed science field and greenhouse research techniques, and of pesticides and their associated application techniques.
  • This position requires possession of, or ability to obtain, an Illinois Research Pesticide Applicators license.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with a M.S. in weed science and experience in row-crop agronomic production.
Contact for additional
For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, kemplin@illinois.edu.
Application procedure Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter indicating your qualifications, resume and contact information for three references by February 22, 2015 All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.
Additional Information Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).
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