Research Specialist - Crop Sciences Research and Education Center
University of Illinois

Urbana, Illinois

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Research Specialist - Energy Farm

Crop Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


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The Department of Crop Sciences within the College of Consumer, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences offers world-class laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities as well as state of the art teaching facilities. The University of Illinois also offers outstanding facilities in computing, data science, and genomic analysis as well as many other areas of potential support.

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

Provide academic, research and outreach expertise for activities conducted at the Energy Farm as part of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center (CSREC)


  • Coordinate research relationship between faculty project directors and the CSREC staff, including processing
    work orders, working with other staff members to determine project responsibilities and schedules, and implementing work orders for field crops and other crops as time permits.
  • Interpret researcher work orders to determine most appropriate implementation approach. Interpret research specifications and provide precise calibrations to equipment to align with scientific objectives.
  • Apply best practices in record keeping of operational activities within the CSRES database, including records
    of pesticide applications to maintain compliance with federally mandated Worker Protection Standards and records of research requirements of transgenic crops required by USDA APHIS to maintain compliance.
  • Manage and operate specialized research and field equipment equipped with precision agriculture technology.
  • Supervise hourly employees by creating work schedules, assigning work detail and overseeing quality of work based upon defined research objectives.
  • Manage and maintain mandatory safety compliance for all employees and visitors at CSREC including field and equipment hazard safety training.
  • Assume additional related responsibilities as needed to enhance the mission of the unit. This includes working to establish a welcoming and supportive culture that embraces diverse individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity in standards, behaviors, policies and practices.

Required: BS in Crop Sciences, Agronomy, Agricultural Engineering, Precision Agriculture or related discipline
Preferred: MS in Crop Sciences, Agronomy, Agricultural Engineering, Precision Agriculture or related discipline


At least 1 years of experience in a biofuels, forage, or row crop research environment.
At least 1 years' experience operating specialized field research equipment.
At least 3 years of experience in a biofuels, forage, or row crop research environment.
Supervisory experience.

  • Proficiency in the use of software applications (e.g., MyJohnDeere, SMS, ESRI, etc.) enabling development of equipment and input prescriptions for precision farming, remote coordination of research equipment and operators, and spatially referenced data acquisition and aggregation.
  • Operation of field research specific planting and harvesting equipment.
  • Small Equipment maintenance, agricultural equipment maintenance, and/or general mechanical aptitude in support of the operational requirements of an agricultural research organization.
This is a 12-month, 100%-time academic professional position. The minimum salary for this entry level position is $50,000. We strive to provide a competitive salary, considering factors such as available market data, internal equity, candidate experience and qualifications, collective bargaining agreements, and budget constraints. The final salary offer will be determined through a thorough assessment of these elements.

Sponsorship for work authorization is not available for this position.

This position is available as soon as possible after the closing date.

Please upload a cover letter indicating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for three professional references by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 01, 2024 (extended). All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Applicants are encouraged to specifically relate their background and experience to the requirements of the position as outlined above. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submiited through will not be considered. For further information regarding the position, please can contact Tim Mies,

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify .

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal , or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing .

Requisition ID: 1022871
Job Category: Research
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