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Senior Research Specialist, Weed Science with University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences in Urbana, IL

Type of position This is a 12-month, 100%-time academic professional position.
Employer University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences
Description of Employer WE TRANSFORM LIVES.
Everything we do is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence.

The Department of Crop Sciences within the College of Consumer, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences offers world-class laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities as well as state of the art teaching facilities. The University of Illinois also offers outstanding facilities in computing, data science, and genomic analysis as well as many other areas of potential support.

Location Urbana, IL
Salary Commensurate with expereince and qualifications
Closing date of competition 11/6/2022
Date position available As soon as npossible after closing date
Description of duties

Conduct independent field and greenhouse research in Weed Science


  • Design field research experiments, layout plots, apply herbicides and other treatments, evaluate weed and crop response, and analyze data.
  • Implement greenhouse screening experiments for determination of evolved herbicide resistance, including maintaining weed seed stocks and collection records.
  • Interact with growers, industry representatives, and research associates, with opportunities for extension related activities.
  • Provide training and supervision for new students in field and greenhouse research procedures. Supervision will include instruction on data collection and field plot maintenance.
  • Maintain pesticide and seed inventory logs.
  • Other duties as assigned to further the mission of the department.
Qualifications sought

Required:  B.S. in crop sciences or related discipline.
Preferred: MS degree in weed science or related discipline

Required: Experience with computers for word processing, experience with spreadsheet software, and data management is required. Two years field research experience is required. Experience with greenhouse research equipment and experiment designs is required.
Preferred: Supervisory experience

Required: Thorough knowledge of weed science principles, ability to accurately identify weed species. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to speak in public.

Contact for additional information Dr. Aaron Hager, [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Please upload a cover letter indicating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for three professional references by November 6, 2022. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.
Submit to You can apply here:. https://illinois.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/1440?c=illinois
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