A Graduate Student Assistantship is available at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign starting in Fall 2021 to develop and implement a statewide camera trap network to assess the population trends in the carnivore community in Illinois. This position includes a 50% research assistantship (~approximately 25k a year) and covers full tuition through the Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) Department. The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Max Allen and will work closely with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and other researchers and faculty at the University of Illinois.
The successful applicant will be expected to formally apply to the NRES graduate program. All admission decisions must be approved by the NRES Director of Graduate Studies. Deadline to apply to NRES is May 15, 2021.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2021. Please apply via e-mail with a 1) a cover letter that explains your career goals, why you are interested in the position, and how you meet the qualifications listed above, 2) unofficial transcripts, 3) a CV, and 4) the names and contact information of three professional references to Dr. Max Allen at (maxallen [@] illinois.edu).
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 http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.
The Illinois Natural History Survey 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 http://wwx.inhs.illinois.edu/.
• Ability to successfully apply to the NRES Department at the University of Illinois
• Hold a valid driver's license
• Have a strong work ethic and the ability to work safely effectively in the field (alone and while supervising others)
• Have the ability to work closely and communicate effectively with a diverse group of collaborators
• Interest in developing quantitative skills
• Interest in publishing peer-reviewed manuscript and conducting scientific outreach for their findings