Biological Research Scientist - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (144749)

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Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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.

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PRIMARY POSITION FUNCTION/SUMMARY: The Biological Research Scientist will conduct research on genome editing in crops using CRISPR/Cas9 to advance design, editing, and biotechnology tools for genome engineering in bioenergy crops of interest.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Biological Research Scientist will . . .

  • Design and conduct experiments, analyze data, author publications, present at conferences and meetings.
  • Develop experimental protocols and automated processes for high-throughput workflow, including culturing and genome editing of algae along with transformation, genome editing and regeneration of plant protoplasts.
  • Employ the CROPSR software to generate guides and primers necessary for CRISPR genome editing.


Education: Required - PhD in plant molecular biology or closely related field.

Experience: Required - Several years of experience (minimum of 4 which may include postdoctoral research experience) with research project management in an academic, private, or relevant public/non-profit environment. Post PhD research experience in plant genetics. Preferred - Experience in administrative management of academic research projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of Plant Genetics/Genomes, Molecular Biology, and/or Crop Sciences. Evidence of consistent use of good judgment, discretion, and tactful communication. Energy and enthusiasm for expressing the value of diverse cultures, fostering empathy, and improving organizations in the areas of access and representation. Knowledge and experience with office software and ability to learn custom systems. Ability to handle multiple priorities without direct supervision. Excellent oral and written communications skills.

•Adaptability — changes behavioral style or method of approach when necessary to achieve a goal; adjusts style as appropriate to the needs of the situation. Responds to change with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives.

•Attention to Detail — thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small. Monitors and checks work or information and plans and organizes time and resources efficiently

•Collaboration — develops cooperation and teamwork while participating in a group, working toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties.

•Communication — excellent writing, presentation, and inter-personal communication skills.

•Drive for Results — demonstrates concern for achieving or surpassing results against an internal or external standard of excellence. Shows a passion for improving the delivery of services with a commitment to continuous improvement

.•Problem Solving — builds a logical approach to address problems or opportunities or manage the situation at hand by drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary.

•Reliability — demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job.

•Service — demonstrates strong commitment to meeting the needs of co-workers, managers, external constituencies, striving to ensure their full satisfaction.

•Ability to travel to meetings and to the member university campuses as needed

•Ability to work after hours

Environmental Demands: Work is performed in both laboratory and office settings. Minimal field sampling may also be required.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and qualifications

APPOINTMENT STATUS: Full-time academic professional, grant-supported appointment renewable annually pending continued funding and satisfactory progress within the position. Qualified individuals will be eligible to receive vacation, sick, and personal leave; retirement through the State Universities Retirement System; and group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

START DATE: As soon as possible after the close date

TO APPLY: Applications must be received by May 3, 2021. To apply, all candidates must submit an online profile through by the close of the posting period. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of which details qualifications noted above, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. For further information, please contact Erica Hanson, Human Resources, at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:OVCRI Category:6-Research Title:Biological Research Scientist - Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (144749) Open Date:04/19/2021 Close Date:05/03/2021 Organization Name:Inst for Sustain, Enrgy, and Env




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Posted: 4/21/2021
Application Due: 5/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time