Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Fisheries Ecology - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI ...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location
Champaign, IL
Closing date
Aug 10, 2021

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Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Fisheries Ecology

Illinois Natural History Survey

Prairie Research Institute

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) investigates and documents the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and acquires and provides natural history information that can be used to promote the common understanding, conservation, and management of these resources. INHS is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.

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.

INHS is seeking a Visiting Assistant Research Scientist in the area of Fisheries Ecology and Programming to provide fisheries data analysis and visualization, computational programming, and support for product development for the I Fish Illinois Data Portal and I Fish Illinois website and related fisheries research studies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create and/or modify programming and visualization code that can manipulate fisheries datasets and create tables, figures, and diagrams relevant to recreational fishing and sportfish management.
  • Identify opportunities to integrate fisheries data with publicly available data to address research questions related to recreational angling in Illinois.
  • Identify, design, implement and maintain data queries and reports for use in research projects.
  • Maintain dynamic content architecture for public-facing recreational fishing website www.ifishillinois.org, including secure access modules for competitive muskie online creel survey, tournament permits, fisheries management reports, fishing reports, and lake profile information.
  • Collaborate with the outreach coordinator and the PI to assist anglers and IDNR staff with web and database needs.
  • Create and maintain modern dynamic data-driven web applications using Microsoft technologies to meet ever-changing research and operational requirements.
  • Design, implement and maintain enterprise-level Microsoft SQL Server databases? create tables, queries, stored procedures, views, triggers, indexes, etc., which will support online applications and reporting.
  • Troubleshoot technical issues and identify modifications needed in existing applications to meet changing user requirements.
  • Produce technical documentation for new and existing applications.
  • Participate in meetings with stakeholders to discuss progress and issues to be resolved.
  • Contribute to project publications/reports and peer-reviewed articles, including supply figures, analysis findings, literature review summaries, etc.
  • Participate in related fisheries management investigations and services.
  • Contribute to technical/scientific reports for service and/or research projects.
  • Contribute to the development and management of investigative tools and resources that would be accessed by diverse audiences including researchers, professionals, and the public.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in web development, web design, information science, or computer science. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated programming experience with a dynamic data-driven web application. Demonstrated experience with the following programming languages, architectures, and libraries: C#, .NET, T-SQL, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with many or all of the following: Microsoft MVC; Microsoft Entity Framework; report creation; web Services and third-party APIs; knockouts, Kendo UI. Experience with the following development tools: Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft SQL Server, and/or Microsoft Office family of applications. Experience programming applications in a university and/or scientific unit/organization. Experience with natural resources data and research.

Environmental Demands:

The work of this position takes place in an office setting. The work is sedentary and involves sitting for extended periods of time working at a computer, using a keyboard and mouse, and using repetitive hand motions for data entry.

Proposed Start Date: Negotiable

Salary: The starting salary for this position is $75,000.

Appointment Status:

This is a visiting full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. Position may become a regular position at a later date depending on funding and a programmatic need.

To Apply: Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references by August 10, 2021. Interviews may be conducted 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.

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 findings 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:Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Category:6-Research Title:Visiting Assistant Research Scientist, Fisheries Ecology - Illinois Natural History Survey/PRI (148359) Open Date:07/20/2021 Close Date:08/10/2021 Organization Name:Illinois Natural History Survey

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