Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
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 POSITION FUNCTION/SUMMARY: Conduct and manage research on plant breeding and genetics of perennial grasses.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Prepare and execute experiments on plant breeding and genetics of perennial grasses, especially Miscanthus and sugarcane. Work will be conducted in the field,greenhouse, growth chamber and office.
Supervise the cultivation of plants in the field and greenhouse, and propagation of plants in preparation of field trials.
Collect data from research experiments; implement high-throughput systems that include designing barcodes, setting up and using Bluetooth enabled measuring devices, and linking the collection devices to tablet computers for in-field data collection.
Manage data files and organize completed files on the local area network.
Supervise the collection and processing of seed and biomass samples.
Coordinate and participate in off-campus field experiments with collaborators.
Conduct routine maintenance on field plot research equipment.
Supervise the hiring and work of hourly employees.
Maintain inventories of supplies, equipment, seed, and plants in the greenhouses.
Order supplies as needed.
Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in biology, agriculture, horticulture or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.
Experience: Required: Three years plant breeding and genetics research experience. Preferred: Five years grass and/or forage breeding and genetic research experience. Experience leading a field crew would be desirable.
Training, Licenses or Certifications: Required: Already have or ability to obtain IL pesticide applicator’s license.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Required: Plant breeding and genetics research. Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, and leadership skills. Ability to work effectively as both a team member/leader and independently with minimal supervision. Preferred: Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of greenhouses, tractors, threshers and small farm equipment.
Environmental Demands: Most work will be conducted in field and greenhouse settings. Work may be physically demanding including hot, humid, or inclement weather. Position involves lifting and hauling up to 20 pounds. Lifting, stooping, bending, and walking distances is required.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time academic professional, grant-supported appointment renewable annually pending continued funding and satisfactory progress within the position. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance.
START DATE: As soon as possible after the close date
TO APPLY: Applications must be received by APRIL 30, 2021. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through https://jobs.illinois.edu by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information, please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI)
One of the major challenges the world faces is how to provide sustainable sources of energy that meet societal needs as the population continues to grow. The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) will develop efficient ways to grow bioenergy crops, transform biomass into valuable chemicals, and market the resulting biofuels and other bioproducts.
The Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a U.S. Department of Energy-funded Bioenergy Research Center, is a collaboration between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB).