Assistant Research Scientist, Waterfowl Ecologist/Director, Forbes Biological Station (A1800214)
Assistant Research Scientist, Waterfowl Ecologist/Director
Forbes Biological Station & Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center
Illinois Natural History Survey
Prairie Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois-the state's biological memory. With more than 260 scientists and staff, INHS is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. The mission of INHS is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide 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. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI's mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. To learn more about INHS please visit http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/.
INHS is seeking an Assistant Research Scientist, Waterfowl Ecologist/Director of the Forbes Biological Station and Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center. The Forbes Biological Station (FBS), located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Havana, IL, was founded by Stephen Forbes in 1894, and is the oldest inland aquatic field station in North America. The station is a premier center for waterfowl and wetland science in North America. Research infrastructure and equipment available at the field station include boats, trucks, all-terrain vehicles, tractors, and a fully functionally laboratory. Excellent collaborative opportunities exist with nearby field stations and offices operated by the Illinois Natural History Survey, The Nature Conservancy, University of Illinois at Springfield, Western Illinois University, the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service NWRs, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
• As Assistant Research Scientist, Waterfowl Ecologist this position will:
• Develop, plan, conduct, and direct specialized research programs of significance on any of a broad range of topics in waterfowl and wetland ecology.
• Strengthen the Forbes Biological Field Station's research program which must include waterfowl ecology, but other study areas such as wading bird/shorebird and wetland ecology, large river habitats, habitat restoration, and conservation and management within a regional agricultural ecosystem are welcome.
• Identify relevant research needs and project opportunities.
• Develop proposals for external funding and secure funding to support independent research.
• Publish the results of original research in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals and other outlets that have a rigorous review process.
• Interact extensively with land managers, stakeholders, and the public.
• Provide authoritative and current information on the results of research projects for the public, other scientists, industry, and/or governmental agencies, and has ability to communicate research results through writing and public speaking.
• Prepare internal reports, reports to sponsoring agencies, and scientific reports for publication in Survey publications.
• Supervise and lead staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both the individual and organizational levels. Includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position mentoring, and leave/travel approval.
• Ensure the safety of staff and equipment.
• Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to INHS, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
• Enhance the reputation of the unit and PRI at the state and national level.
• Actively participate in professional societies and associations.
• Pursue adjunct faculty status and mentor graduate students within the University of Illinois and/or other regional universities.
As Director this position will:
• Provide leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific research and service programs undertaken and provided by the Forbes Biological Station (FBS).
• Ensure administrative protocols are met, deliverables conveyed to granting agencies, and all university policy and procedures are followed by FBS staff, including all safety concerns (lab, marine, chemical, biological) and personnel management matters.
• Supervise and lead FBS staff to achieve success and foster a culture of innovation and high-level performance at both the individual and organizational level. For direct reporting staff, this also includes task assignment, scheduling, ongoing performance monitoring and evaluation, career/position mentoring, and leave/travel approval.
• Work closely with INHS Director, account managers, and Finance staff on budgetary and expenditure issues.
• Conduct a highly visible outreach program including interacting with professionals, the media, and public officials.
• Ensure the continuing financial success of the station, along with its outreach and public education programs.
Qualifications for the Assistant Research Scientist, Waterfowl Ecologist/Director: Required: Ph.D. in waterfowl, wetland ecology, or other relevant scientific discipline. Alternate degree fields will be considered/accepted depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. Demonstrated expertise in specialized area of research. Supervisory and/or team leadership experience. Skills and training in waterfowl and wetland ecology. Broad perspective on existing and future directions of waterfowl research. Ability to establish a research program which includes both independent and collaborative research projects. Potential to effectively acquire and manage project funds and resources. Capacity to effectively manage research as a principal investigator and effectively supervise and mentor associated personnel. Early career track record for publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Effective communication, personal relations, and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to make sound value judgments, translate research findings into management recommendations as appropriate and express concepts and finding coherently, both verbally and in writing to granting agencies and to the scientific and lay communities. Affinity for cooperative or interdisciplinary research with scientists at INHS, professionals at other Surveys or other academic units, as well as governmental and other academic institutions. Valid driver's license. Preferred: Knowledge of research approaches that can be applied to wetland management, large rivers, habitat restoration projects, and conservation and management issues in Illinois and the Midwest. Record of active participation in professional societies and associations.
Qualifications for the Director: Required: Ph.D. in scientific discipline relevant to the mission and goals of INHS and FBS. Demonstrated expertise in specialized area of research. Supervisory and/or team leadership experience. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and leadership skills. 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. Affinity for cooperative or interdisciplinary research with scientists at INHS, professionals at other Surveys or other academic units, as well as governmental and other academic institutions. Preferred: Must possess strong skills and training in waterfowl and wetland ecology. Ability to develop and maintain a record of frequent publication in peer-reviewed, nationally recognized scientific journals.
This is a regular full-time 12-month academic professional position, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience. Applications must be received by May 18, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after this date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload 1) a cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address the qualifications listed above, 2) a resume/CV, 3) a statement of research interests, and 4) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for applications to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, at [email protected] or 217-244-2401. For technical inquiries, please contact search chair Dr. Craig Miller at [email protected] or Aaron Yetter at [email protected] or 217-333-3825. 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 encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu
College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Assistant Research Scientist, Waterfowl Ecologist/Director, Forbes Biological Station (A1800214)
Open Date: 04/10/2018
Close Date: 05/18/2018
Organization Name: Illinois Natural History Survey