Employment Opportunities

The Stephen A. Forbes Biological Station, established in 1894, is located along the Illinois River on Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge near Havana, Illinois. It is the oldest inland field station in North America and one of nine field stations of the Illinois Natural History Survey. The Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center is housed at the Forbes Biological Station. Staff of the Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center conduct research on a variety of topics relevant to wetland ecosystems, with a specific focus on the ecology and management of wetlands, waterfowl, and other waterbirds. Our research efforts focus on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and the wetlands throughout the State.

The Illinois Natural History Survey seeks a principal research scientist who will develop and manage a research program, while also serving as director of INHS, providing leadership, direction, and overall administration for the development, coordination, and implementation of scientific research and service programs undertaken and provided by INHS.

Technician Needed: True Metabolizable Energy of Aquatic Vegetation for Ducks


This academic hourly position will develop content for the Private Well Class FAQ and blog, as well as support development of materials and content for additional outreach materials, focused on private well owners and stakeholders. 

The INHS Medical Entomology Laboratory is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the foraging ecology of an invasive mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Topics of interests include: understanding how vector-feeding preferences vary under a diversity of natural host communities; elucidating the influence of physiological state and infection on feeding behavior; and disentangling the selective pressures behind host specialization. The work would entail a combination of field, mesocosm, and lab work, and support the creation and use of mathematical models to explore the evolutionary and epidemiological implications of environmental influences on mosquito behavior.

Primary Position Function/Summary: Conduct basic and applied research in a field and laboratory setting in the area of carbon capture processes.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Analyze amine compounds to determine their chemical or physical properties, composition, structure, relationships, or reactions, using chromatography and spectroscopy techniques.
Provide analytical support for a carbon capture project including method development as and quality control tests.
Develop and perform a corrosion study associated with amine compounds.
Maintain laboratory instruments to ensure proper working order and troubleshoot malfunctions when needed.
Write technical papers, reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.
Assist other staff on other projects as needed.
Field work will require travel throughout the State of Illinois.

Position requirements:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate scientific discipline (Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, or related scientific field).
Preferred: Master’s degree in an appropriate scientific discipline
Required: Minimum of 3 years of laboratory experience utilizing a variety of chemistry lab/process equipment. Experience with sample preparation techniques such as soxhlet extraction, accelerated solvent extraction (ASE), preparative silica column chromatography, and sample concentration.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:
Required: Valid driver’s license
Preferred: First aid and/or CPR training

Knowledge Requirements:
Required: Possess strong gas chromatography mass spectrometry skills and be able to process large amounts of data in a high quality and efficient manner. Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. English proficiency. Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Ability to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate conclusions or approaches to problems. Ability to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. Knowledge of the metric system. Demonstrated ability to perform efficiently with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Effective communication, organizational, personal relations, and teamwork/leader skills. An attention to detail. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases.

Rate per Hour: $10-$15
Hours per week: 40 hours
To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to B.K. Sharma at bksharma@illinois.edu

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance or a contingent offer.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or criminal conviction history. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

10-15 hours per week between September 2017 and January 2018 at an hourly rate of $11. The Field technicial will assist with: coastal geologic data processing and analysis; field investigations along the Illinois Lake Michigan coast; a citizen science beach topography monitoring program along the Illinois coast; and the development of a coastal database through compilation of geologic data, reports, and manuscripts.

Participate in daily research activities related to monitoring yellow perch population dynamics, nearshore fish assemblages, and benthic invertebrate and zooplankton prey resources, along with monitoring sport fish harvest dynamics along the Illinois shoreline of Lake Michigan. Responsible for assisting with field sampling of nearshore fishes, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton, as well as with laboratory sample processing and gear maintenance. Field work will be done from small boats on a large body of water using a variety of gears. Laboratory work entails frequent time spent at microscopes identifying organisms, as well as fish dissections. Interview shoreline and boat anglers on their fishing effort, expenditures, harvest and biological characteristics of fish in their possession. Responsible for detailed record keeping and interacting with the public in a professional manner. Work may occur in a hatchery setting, including water changes and care of larval fish.