Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions Research - Illinois Natural History Survey / PRI (104972)

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Assistant Scientist

Human Dimensions Research

Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS)

Prairie Research Institute (PRI)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

INHS is seeking an Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions Research associate to carry out activities essential to the Human Dimensions Research Program through the development of research plans and execution of research, including collecting, analyzing and interpreting data.

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Project description: This Illinois Department of Natural Resources funded program focuses on the human dimensions of hunting/trapping, hunter recruitment, and public perspectives of wildlife throughout the state of Illinois and the Midwest. This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois.

Job description: 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. Keep abreast of developments in discipline. As time permits and funding is available to buy out contract service, may seek additional research funding. 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. Supervise, coordinate tasks, and train other staff. Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI. 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.

Qualifications: Required: A Master's degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources Recreation or related discipline; 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. 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. Experience with required technology (computer systems, statistical software, etc.). 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. Possess appropriate field and laboratory skills including scientific as well as physical skills necessary to carry out work. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability for leadership and planning, and monitoring research activities and progress. Preferred: Previous supervisory experience. Experience developing and analyzing data from mail, internet, telephone, and/or intercept surveys. Familiarity with the culture and practice of hunting and trapping in the Midwest.

Environmental Demands: Overnight travel may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

Salary: $45,000 - $50,000 per year commensurate with experience and education.

This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The estimated starting date is February 1, 2019. This date is negotiable.

Applications must be received by December 1, 2018. Please complete your candidate profile at and upload 1) a cover letter which clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position and should address qualifications listed above, 2) a CV/resume, 3) the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references. Interviews may be conducted prior to 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, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute, 217-300-4080 or [email protected]

For technical inquiries, please contact: Dr. Craig Miller at [email protected]. Website: or

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College Name or Administrative Unit: Office of Vice Chancellor for Research
Category: 6-Research
Title: Assistant Scientist, Human Dimensions Research - Illinois Natural History Survey / PRI (104972)
Open Date: 10/29/2018
Close Date: 12/01/2018
Organization Name: Illinois Natural History Survey





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Posted: 10/30/2018
Application Due: 12/2/2018
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