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Visiting Research Specialist - Natural Rescources and Environmental Sciences (A1300013)

Position Deleted on 1/30/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Urbana, IL
Admin - Laboratory and Research
Full Time

Visiting Research Specialist

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) seeks a 12-month, 100%-time visiting academic professional to conduct DNA-based microbial research related to ongoing efforts to identify the cause and subsequent remediation of foaming in swine manure management systems. This position may become non-visiting in the future dependent upon funding and programmatic needs. 

  • Conduct laboratory analyses including DNA extraction and PCR
  • Execute established experimental protocols
  • Use specialized statistical software to process data and conduct analysis of microbial community data produced from environmental samples
  • Prepare samples of DNA for high-throughput DNA sequence analysis and preliminary bioinformatics processing
  • Manage and maintain database
  • Collaborate with other researchers on the preparation of project reports
  • Monitor graduate students in the lab and provide guidance when needed.

BS required; MS preferred in microbiology, biology, or a related field. Alternative degree fields may be considered if accompanied by equivalent experience. At least one year experience with microbiology lab techniques, including DNA extraction and PCR. Experience using genotyping software or statistical analysis software is preferred. Experience using bioinformatics methods to analyze high-throughput sequencing data is preferred.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: This appointment will begin as soon as possible after the closing date.

Closing Date: For full consideration all requested information must be received by January 25, 2013. Interviews may be conducted before the closing date, although no hiring decisions will be made until after the search has closed.

Application Procedure: Please create your candidate profile at and upload your cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. 

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Carol Preston at For more information about the Department of NRES, please see our website at

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The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The administration, faculty and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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