Field Research Technician - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (A1800225)

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Field Research Technician

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description: Responsibilities related to planning, planting, and phenotyping field experiments investigating the genetic basis of abiotic stress tolerance and resource use efficiency in C4 crops

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Work on field experiments on C4 crops including:

  • Controlling and managing unmanned phenotyping vehicles such as aerial drones or rovers for in-field data collection.
  • Collaborating with post-doctoral scientists and graduate students to perform field preparation, micromet monitoring, phenotypic data collection, organization and shipping of samples to project partners, end-of-season biomass harvests.
  • Supervising undergraduate field assistants (hire, train, assign/review work, address work issues, approve time, set work schedules, and set goals).
  • Work will require lifting up to 40lbs unassisted.


Required: BSc in Natural Sciences, Engineering or related field

Preferred: MSc in Natural Sciences, Engineering or related field


Required: Previous experience with unmanned aerial or ground vehicles. Previous experience using large farm equipment such as tractors, and comfortable with driving trucks.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Obtaining Restricted-Use Pesticide training and certification is required.

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Advanced knowledge of relevant APHIS procedures, including inspection and reporting. Advanced understanding of the mode of action of applicable chemical agents. Effective communication, personal relations, organizational, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively under minimal supervision with a professional demeanor in a fast-paced work environment with multiple and changing priorities. Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is a 12-month, 100% time academic professional appointment with regular University benefits. The proposed starting date is negotiable after the close date.

Please create your candidate profile at and upload your letter of interest (including email address), resume and contact information for three professional letters of reference by April 26, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information regarding the application procedures, you may contact Jacinda King, [email protected]

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 To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Field Research Technician - Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (A1800225)
Open Date: 04/12/2018
Close Date: 04/26/2018
Organization Name: Institute for Genomic Biology





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Posted: 4/13/2018
Application Due: 4/27/2018
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