Assistant Scientist, Quantitative Ecology
Illinois Natural History Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) investigates and documents the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and acquires and provides natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.
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INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist to develop, direct, and conduct research and monitoring activities in the area of Quantitative Ecology. This position will be located at the Forbes Biological Station in Havana, Illinois.
Major Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Manage, analyze, and translate research and monitoring data into scientific findings.
Provide recommendations to funding agencies, collaborators, and other interested parties.
Translate scientific data into reports, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations to be delivered at conferences and professional meetings.
Provide outreach and services to the public, the Survey, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, PRI, UIUC, and other professional organizations.
Communicate and interact with recipients of service and provide technical assistance.
Work with lay community to engender positive feedback regarding scientific research.
Coordinate and cooperate with the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other groups.
Represent the Survey, PRI, University of Illinois, and other agencies on committees.
Supervise, mentor, and lead hourly staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both individual and organizational levels. This includes task assignment, scheduling, and ongoing performance management with coaching and feedback and travel approval.
Conduct research activities related to waterfowl, wading birds, marshbirds, shorebirds, etc.
Conduct research activities in the area of wetland ecology and other natural resources fields.
Collect, manage, and analyze scientific data.
Perform other duties in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. A minimum of 3 years of experience analyzing ecological data (which can include graduate work). Experience working with occupancy modeling, distance sampling, or other quantitative methods to account for rare or difficult to detect species. Experience using common software packages for data recording and analysis, reporting, and processing such as ArcGIS or R. Valid Driver’s License. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, and staff. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.
Experience publishing in peer-reviewed publications and gray literature. Experience working as apart of large multi-institution projects. Experience presenting results to stakeholders and incorporating stakeholder feedback into future work.
Overnight travel may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.
Proposed Start Date: Negotiable
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Appointment Status: This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding.
To Apply: Please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu/ and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by December 31, 2019. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For further information, please contact Amber Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-300-4080. For technical questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Auriel Fournier at email@example.com.
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