Visiting Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1800136)

Champaign, IL
Mar 02, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions

Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)

Prairie Research Institute (PRI)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

INHS is seeking one individual to execute research activities essential to the Survey Research Program in the development of research plans and execution of research including collecting, analyzing and interpreting data. This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Independently complete complex research tasks.
  • Prepare survey questionnaires, analyze data, write reports and publishable manuscripts, develop Survey in-house publications, and create presentations for professional meetings.
  • Communicate and interact with recipients of services.
  • Maintain and improve upon basic and advanced knowledge in specialized research area.
  • Provide outreach and service to the public, the Survey and PRI, the University of Illinois, sponsors, and professional organizations.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
  • Overnight travel may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.
  • Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
  • Collaborate with Survey staff, University of Illinois faculty, and external colleagues to provide integrated interpretations and applications to existing and new research programs.

Education: Required: Master's degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Recreation or a Bachelor's degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Recreation, or related discipline with 2 plus years of experience conducting human dimensions research. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.

Experience: Required: Experience with required technology (computer systems, statistical software, etc.). Demonstrated experience relevant to the design and interpretation of research focusing on interactions between natural resource management and public use/attitudes. Experience managing sponsored research projects including timely submission of deliverables.

Knowledge: Required: Knowledge of statistics and competency with statistical software (SPSS preferred) and proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Strong analytical and writing skills. Strong skills and training in human dimensions research. Basic knowledge of research techniques in specialized area of research. Ability to work collaboratively with other scientists, researchers, and staff. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to make sound value judgments, translate research findings into management recommendations as appropriate, and express concepts and findings coherently, both verbally and in writing, to granting agencies and to the scientific and lay communities. Possess appropriate field and laboratory skills including scientific and physical skills necessary to carry out work. Demonstrated ability for leading, planning, and monitoring research activities and progress. Effective verbal and written communication, personal relations, 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.

Knowledge: Preferred: Familiarity with the culture and practice of hunting and trapping in the Midwest.

This is a full time, academic professional grant supported 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please complete your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references by March 23, 2018. 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 Megan Weeks at or 217-244-4768. For technical questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Craig Miller

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encourages to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.eud/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Visiting Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions - Illinois Natural History Survey (A1800136)
Open Date: 03/01/2018
Close Date: 03/23/2018
Organization Name: IL Natural History Survey


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