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Post-doctoral Researcher

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Illinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois
Champaign-Urbana, IL
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Up to 60k with 25k benefits package
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The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) has been the guardian and recorder of the biological resources of Illinois—the state's biological memory. With more than 260 scientists and staff, INHS is recognized as the premier natural history survey in the nation. The mission of INHS is to investigate and document the biological resources of Illinois and other areas, and to acquire and provide 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. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology, and archaeology. PRI’s mission is to provide objective, integrated scientific research and service, in cooperation with other academic and research units of the University of Illinois and elsewhere, that allow citizens and decision-makers to make choices that ensure sustainable economic development, enduring environmental quality, and cultural resource preservation for the people, businesses, and governments of Illinois. To learn more about INHS please visit INHS is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to manage a project aimed at estimating the statewide abundance of furbearers and provide outreach for research performed by and for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The primary piece of the statewide project is a statewide camera trapping project that rotates sites annually on a 5 year rotation. As such, applicants should have an interest in camera trapping and outreach, and the ability to work closely with a diverse group of collaborators. Applicants should have a strong database management and a diverse quantitative skillset. The associate will work under the supervision of Dr. Max Allen, and work closely with graduate students, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, citizen scientists, and other researchers and faculty. The position is based in Champaign, Illinois, where the applicant will join an interdisciplinary community of researchers and graduate students. Funding for the position is available for multiple years (pending successful performance), with the option of shifting to a permanent Research Scientist position. The preferred starting date is July 1, 2023. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2023, but we will continue considering applications until the position is filled. To apply, please via e-mail a 1) cover letter that clearly articulates how your qualifications and experience make you a viable candidate for this position, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references to Dr. Max Allen at maxallen [at} The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit
Major Duties and Responsibilities: • Manage a statewide camera trapping project, including fieldwork, communicating with landowners, and maintaining databases. • Interpret and evaluate data from surveys and databases. • Run quantitative analyses that integrate data and estimate population abundance of furbearer species. • Compile the results into annual technical reports and peer-reviewed manuscripts, and give presentations at state, regional, and national conferences. • Respond to requests for scientific/technical information and communicate effectively with collaborators and landowners. • Participate in community outreach and service events, and mentor staff and students. Required Qualifications • Ph.D. in wildlife ecology, natural resources, or related discipline, with a research interest in quantitative approaches. • Strong quantitative analytical skills, including competence with statistical software packages such as R and JAGS. • Proficiency in the use and creation of databases. • Ability to write clearly and scientifically, with evidence of successful prior publications. • Valid driver's license. • Ability to work independently, collect and analyze field data, and coherently translate findings both verbally and in writing to granting agencies and to scientific and public communities. • Experience with camera trapping and managing large camera trapping projects. • Ability to work safely and independently in the field, and ensure the safety of staff and equipment. Preferred Qualifications • Possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. • Ability to apply analytical/scientific thinking to define and solve problems. • Knowledge of the fauna of Illinois and the Midwestern U.S., including endangered and threatened species and common game species. • Effective communication, collaboration, personal relations, and teamwork skills. • Interest in working with graduate and undergraduate students. • Interest mammal ecology, including urban ecology.
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