Technology Specialist - Department of Animal Sciences ( A1800293 )

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University of Illinois

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Department of Animal Sciences

Technology Specialist

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.


Bridge basic and advanced system, network and desktop support with applications to pedagogical activities and research on campus and including both operational and specialized research responsibilities.


  1. Analyze, develop, and implement specific IT services to research activities involving the storage, transmission, and processing of data, recommendation and application of technologies to increase the effectiveness of faculty research, learning, and teaching. (e.g. wireless video streaming, High Performance Computing analysis, large network storage, etc.)
  1. Research, purchase, plan and install future systems, infrastructure and products as well as specialized software needed for research; analyze needs and provide recommendations for technological support consistent with research methodology and principals of research data analysis.
  1. Partner with faculty to review and analyze relevant technologies and software, and advise on how to most effectively leverage technology to align with faculty specific research projects and objectives.
  1. Maintain scientific systems and assist/train staff in running these systems and related software.
  1. Research tools and applications that assist users with their specific research needs including consulting with faculty/staff to determine what research needs may require product or systems upgrades and/or identify alternative technologies to complete research initiatives.
  1. Solve varied and complex IT problems with limited supervision.
  1. Onboard and supervise student and hourly employees, and provide guidance and training to junior employees.
  1. Oversee and maintain an accurate inventory of computers and IT equipment within the department, and fulfill inventory-auditing requirements as mandated by the university.
  1. Draft documentation as required for internal ACES Technology Services (ATS) use as well as external applications ranging from educational material for faculty and staff to specific software applications.
  1. Participate in ATS activities to support the overall ACES technology needs.
  1. Assume additional related responsibilities to enhance the mission of the department.


Education: Required: Bachelor's degree in a technical field. A bachelor's degree in a non-technical field will be considered if accompanied by demonstrated in-depth experience.

Experience: Required: At least 3 years of professional experience with the installation and maintenance of Microsoft Windows operating systems multi-user environment, at least two of which must be within a higher education institution. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with current personal computing platforms, workstations, networking technologies, software, and hardware. Experience with endpoint management solutions (e.g., BigFix, SCCM, PDQ Deploy) and automated desktop backup solutions.

Preferred: Minimum three years' experience working in a team-based higher education IT environment. Experience with imaging software (e.g., WDS/MDT), GPO application, Windows Server 2012 and 2016 server products, and computer inventory management software. Management/supervisory experience.

Knowledge: Required: Service-oriented attitude, ability to effectively handle multiple priorities, and self-direction in a team environment. High propensity to keep organized while multi-tasking. Strong analytical, decision making, and oral and written communication skills. Ability to research, install, and maintain specialized software (e.g., SAS, ArcGIS, GraphPad, etc.).

SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time, 100% appointment.

LOCATION: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PROPOSED STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the closing date.


Please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and contact information of three references by May 24, 2018. All requested information must be submitted via the online system for your application to be considered. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. For further information please contact Carolyn Thomas, Department of Animal Sciences, [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: ACES
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Technology Specialist - Department of Animal Sciences ( A1800293 )
Open Date: 05/10/2018
Close Date: 05/24/2018
Organization Name: Animal Sciences





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Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/25/2018
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