Ichthyology position available

Chris Dietrich dietrich at INHS.UIUC.EDU
Thu Jul 12 14:48:05 CDT 2001

Ichthyologist 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
University of 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: The ichthyologist will conduct research on systematics
of non-game freshwater fishes with applicability to Illinois and the
midwestern United States.  Research focus must include one or more of
the following: molecular and/or morphological phylogenetics, taxonomy,
phylogeography, or conservation biology.  An emphasis on
collections-based research is preferred.  The ichthyologist is expected
to publish research results in scientific literature, obtain external
funding, curate the INHS ichthyological collection, participate in
education and outreach activities, serve on INHS/DNR committees, and
interact with colleagues and students at the University of Illinois.

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

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# 888, Illinois Natural History Survey, 607 E. Peabody Drive,
Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 244-7790.

Technical questions regarding the position should be referred to Dr.
Chris Dietrich, Search Chair, phone: (217) 244-7408;
e-mail:chdietri at uiuc.edu.

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.

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