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Research Specialist - Department of Crop Sciences (142070)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Laboratory and Research

Research Specialist

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.

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Implement and evaluate field and greenhouse research in Weed Science


  • Implement field research experiments, layout plots, apply herbicides and other treatments, evaluate weed and crop response, and analyze data.
  • Implement greenhouse screening experiments for determination of evolved herbicide resistance, including maintaining weed seed stocks and collection records.
  • Interact with growers, industry representatives, and other University staff, with opportunities for other outreach activities.
  • Supervise undergraduate and extra-help employees; provide with instruction on data collection and field plot maintenance.
  • Maintain pesticide and seed inventory logs.
  • Conduct field tours for research sponsors.


Required: B.S. in Crop Sciences or related discipline

Preferred: MS in Crop Sciences or related discipline


Required: Experience with computers for word processing, experience with spreadsheet software, and data management is required; three years field research experience; experience with greenhouse research equipment and experiment designs.

Preferred: Experience with basic farm equipment, machinery guidance and data software technology operation and maintenance. Experience with basic agronomic practices such as planting, tillage and herbicide applications.


Required: Possession of, or an ability to obtain an Illinois public/Research pesticide Applicator's license

Preferred: Possession of, or an ability to obtain an Illinois driver's license


Thorough knowledge of weed science principles, ability to accurately identify weed species and rationalize herbicide mode of action tank mixtures for multiple species weed control. Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to speak in public and work collaboratively.


This is a 12-month, 100% professional position.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience


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


Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, indicating your qualifications, resume, and contact information for three professional references by August 25, 2021.

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, You may also visit for additional information.

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