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Research Specialist-Agricultural & Biological Engineering (146319)

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location
Champaign, IL
Closing date
Jul 1, 2021

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POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Research Specialist

Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WE TRANSFORM LIVES.

Everything the College of ACES does is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders in a way that empowers them to expand the boundaries of science to higher levels of understanding and influence. Be a part of our story.

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) is part of two colleges at the University of Illinois; the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and The Grainger College of Engineering. This means our students, faculty and staff are able to utilize resources in both colleges.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.

Position:

The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) is seeking a Research Specialist to carry out research projects in the areas of Bioenvironmental Engineering (BEE) and Environment-Enhancing Energy. This position will be essential in lab development and management help for the Air Quality Lab as well as assisting the Lab Manager on the fan testing program of the Bioenvironmental Structures and Systems (BESS) Lab. This is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenured, academic professional position with annual renewal dependent on availability of funding.

Available:

August 16, 2021

Qualifications:

An earned Bachelor's Degree in a technical or engineering discipline (including agricultural, biological, chemical, environmental, mechanical or related) is required. Prototype development experience and 3+ years of working research experience is also required. Previous experience with high-temperature-high-pressure reactors is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Applied engineering and project management skills

Responsibilities:

  • Conducting research on hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of biomass, modifying the HTL pilot reactor, and recovering nutrients and resources from the post-HTL wastewater.
  • Lab development/Management: Help on managing the Air Quality Lab and provide assistance on air cleaning technology development.
  • Ventilation Equipment testing: Assist the Lab Manager on the fan testing program of the Bioenvironmental Structures and Systems Lab (BESS).

Salary: Commensurate with with experience and qualifications.

About the University and College:

The Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois (http://www.illinois.edu) is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a community of more than 100,000 people and there are more than 2,000 tenure/tenure-track faculty members. In addition to its mission as a land-grant university, the campus offers exceptional programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, and engineering. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) (http://www.aces.illinois.edu) has 235 tenure-track faculty members and an enrollment of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. It is widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. The College also serves the State of Illinois through the University of Illinois Extension system, and 12 research and demonstration centers. The academic departments within the College include: Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Animal Sciences, Crop Sciences, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Human and Community Development, and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences.

Closing Date:

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by July 1, 2021.

Applications:

Please upload electronically a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to: https://jobs.illinois.edu/

For more information, contact Yuanhui Zhang, Professor in ABE, at [email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. 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. The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:ACES Category:6-Research Title:Research Specialist-Agricultural & Biological Engineering (146319) Open Date:06/10/2021 Close Date:07/01/2021 Organization Name:Agricultural and Biological Engr

Organization

Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.

Faculty

A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.

Research

Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference. http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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