Systematic Mycologist position available

Chris Dietrich dietrich at INHS.UIUC.EDU
Tue Jul 10 08:47:37 CDT 2001

Position Available
     Mycologist/Assistant or Associate Professional Scientist
     Appointment: Mycologist at the Assistant or Associate
Professional Scientist level, Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for
Biodiversity (State funded, full-time).

     The Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), a division of the
Department of Natural Resources, is an Affiliated Agency of the
Universityof Illinois located on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The
scientists within the Center for Biodiversity conduct research on a broad
range of questions concerning biodiversity and management of biological
resources. Scientists at the Illinois Natural History Survey have full
access to campus facilities and resources and may hold affiliate
appointments in university
departments, supervise graduate students, and have opportunities for teaching.

Job description: Mycologist with experience and interest in fungal
systematics. Research focus may emphasize any of a broad range of topics,
including molecular and morphological phylogenetics, taxonomy, ecology,
conservation biology, evolutionary genetics, biotic inventory, and
biogeography. The successful candidate is expected to: 1) develop and
maintain a vigorous extramurally funded research program, 2) maintain and
develop the mycological collection in the INHS Herbarium (ILLS), 3) develop
relationships with other units in the Illinois Department of Natural
Resources and other public, private, or
academic research agencies at the local, state, national, or international
levels, 4) publish research findings regularly in peer-reviewed scientific
journals and present results of research at scientific meetings and
conferences, and 5) participate in education and outreach activities.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. (by starting date) in mycology or a related
discipline is required, with a  demonstrated organismal focus.
Post-doctoral and curatorial experience are preferred. Research experience
and interests that complement research programs in the Center for
Biodiversity, and that can be applied to conservation and management issues
in Illinois and the Midwest, are desirable. The  successful applicant must
1) demonstrate abilities to plan, attract funding for, conduct, supervise,
and evaluate research activities; 2) possess and maintain a record of
frequent publication in peer-reviewed, nationally recognized scientific
journals; and 3) have an affinity for cooperative or interdisciplinary
research with scientists at INHS and other units of the Illinois Department
of Natural Resources and
academic institutions such as the University of Illinois. The position
requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively
with other scientists, technicians, and support staff. The applicant must
be able to make sound judgements and articulate professional opinions in
writing or in person to granting agencies, the scientific community, and
the general public. For appointment at the level of Associate Professional
Scientist, the candidate must have received tenure from an academic
institution, or passed the equivalent promotion review at a relevant
government agency, research institution, or demonstrated equivalent

     Salary: $45,000 - $47,000 (Assistant Professional Scientist); $53,000
- $55,000 (Associate
     Professional Scientist)

     Benefits: Generous vacation/sick leave/personal/paid holidays. State
Universities Retirement System. State sponsored group health, dental,
vision, and life insurance.

     Application: To ensure full consideration, applications should be
received by August 24,  2001. To apply, submit cover letter, CV, a
statement of research interests, and three (3) professional letters of
reference to: Sue Key, Human Resources Manager, PRF# 873, Illinois Natural
History Survey, 607 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 244-7790.

     Technical questions regarding the position should be referred to
either Dr. Weidong Chen (217)  244-5475; e-mail:w-chen7 at or Dr.
Chris Dietrich (217) 244-7408; e-mail: dietrich at

     Applicants should note that this position is exempt from the State
Personnel Code and is under the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation
(BNRC) and follows BNRC policies and procedures. This is not a Bargaining
Unit position nor a Merit Comp position.

     The Illinois Natural History Survey does not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, sex, national origin, age, or handicap in admission to or
treatment or employment in programs of activities in compliance with the
Illinois Human Rights Act, the Illinois Constitution, Title VII of the 1964
Civil Rights Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
amended, and the U.S. Constitution.
     Record added on Jun 30, 2001

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